Nighthawks

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Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are New York police officers specially assigned to a special multi-national team dedicated to tracking down terrorist Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer). Wulfgar planted a bomb in a London department store, killing several children and he is now an outcast, hunted by both the police and his fellow gang members. He has extensive plastic surgery and resumes his activities aided by Shakka (Persis Khambutta), a completely psychotic fellow outcast. Soon DaSilva and Wulfgar are engaged in a violent battle of wits as Wulfgar resumes his terrorist activities and threatens New York . This very effective thriller features a chilling performance by Rutger Hauer as the handsome, ruthless cold-blooded killer who charms women into helping him and then kills them. Sylvester Stallone gives an unusually understated emotionally vulnerable performance as a man trying to save lives while he saves his own marriage. The film makes excellent use of New York locales, particularly during a terrifying hijacking of a cable car where Wulfgar coolly decides which of the hostages will live or die. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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Review Text Although Nighthawks -- starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, and Rutger Hauer -- was a rather contrived suspense film, Keith Emerson's soundtrack fit its need rather well. With his full assortment of keyboards, an orchestra, and a supporting cast including bassist Kendall Stubbs, drummer Neil Symonette, percussionist Frank Scully, trumpeter Greg Bowen, and the talented multi-reed player Jerome Richardson, Emerson keeps one's interest. The vocal tracks are mildly amusing, with Paulette Willimas singing "Nighthawking" (a piece that starts with some crisp solo piano before degenerating into a dance number with trite lyrics), and Emerson's tongue-in-cheek vocal on a cover of the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man." All in all, it stands the test of time better than the movie. ~ Ken Dryden

Product Details

Release Date
5/11/04 
Studio
Universal Studios
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 40 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Surround (4.0)
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • [None specified]
Number of Discs
1

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