Nighthawks (1981)

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Nighthawks is a 1981 American-British-French thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta and Nigel Davenport. The original music score was composed by Keith Emerson. Nighthawks is known for many behind the scenes problems with production, constant heavy re-editing of the movie forced by Universal studio and Stallone for different reasons, and bad working relationship between Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer.

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Photos of the Nighthawks cast, first billed only.


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Conservative street cop DaSilva reluctantly agrees to terminate an international terrorist who has demanded media attention. But DaSilva's "at-home" tactics are very much put to the challenge. (source:


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Full cast list for the movie Nighthawks.
Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva

Det. Sgt. Matthew Fox

Shakka Holland

Peter Hartman


Hilary Thompson

Lt. Munafo

Walter Mathews

E. Brian Dean

Caesar Cordova
Puerto Rican Proprietor

Charles Duval
Dr. Ghiselin

Tony Munafo
Big Mike

Howard Stein
Disco Manager

Tawn Christian
Disco Hostess


Luke Reilly

Yvette Hawkins
Mrs. Ntembwe

Einar Perry Scott
Mr. Sostrom

Erle Bjornstad
Mrs. Sostrom


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List of Nighthawks quotes.

Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: There is no security.

Immigration Officer: Are you here for business or pleasure?
Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: Pleasure, I hope.
Immigration Officer: Welcome to New York.

Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva: Why'd you kill the woman?
Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: I wanted to.
Det. Sgt. Deke DaSilva: So why don't you kill me?
Reinhardt Heymar Wulfgar: In due time.


Trailer for the movie Nighthawks.
Nighthawks (1981) - Official Movie Trailer

TaglineWulfgar, an international terrorist holds the City of New York hostage, but Deke DaSilva, the most dangerous cop known to man, can take him down.
GenreAction, Crime, Thriller
Filming Locations174th Street IRT Subway Station, 900 East 174th Street, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
LanguageFrench, German, English
Sound MixMono
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassCrime Thriller, Action Thriller
ThemesTerrorism, Rogue Cops, Crumbling Marriages
TonesChilly, Creepy, Forceful, Gritty, Ominous

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