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Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
Just watched Nighthawks.
It is a very good and gritty old school cop thriller.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner and Joe "Maniac" Spinell.
You can also spot Catherine Mary Stewart as a salesgirl in the London scene.

Sly looks very cool with a beard and big glasses
and i think that the action packed subway scene was superbly done.

This movie was originally planned as The French Connection III,
but when Gene Hackman didn´t want to do it they reworked the story into Nighthawks.

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Posted by Earl Keese (Member # 7986) on :
Loved Nighthawks!

One of Stallone's better movies and gives you an idea of what might have been had his movies choices gone down another path. Love all the movies he made...allright, maybe not " mom will shoot.", but this was from before he was a brand and the roles got kind of cookie cutter (for all their fun-ness...Just watched Cobra today!).

He didn't make another one "like" this until Cop Land...also a terrific movie!
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
I agree that "Nighthawks" is a good gritty crime drama. Rutger Hauer is excellent as the terrorist on the loose. This movie is memorable to me because of what happened to Billy Dee Williams and the awesome ending!

Interesting tidbit about The French Connection III..
Posted by logan5 (Member # 1467) on :
Solid early 80's thriller.
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
Recently re- watched Nighthawks. Excellent, underrated masterpiece. Superb urban crime thriller with an international element, IMHO this is Stallone's best film. Also like the late '70's urban vibe/tone (due to it probably being filmed in 1980), i.e. the hairstyles, clothes, cars, etc.

It was also nice to see Lindsey "Bionic Woman" Wagner, even though she was only in several short scenes.

The Rutger Hauer character was chilling & sociopathic; the attacks he perpetrated on NYC were eerily prescient of what we saw during 9/11 (even though this film came out 20 years prior to that).
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
Ace movie Nostalgic which I haven't seen for quite sometime but still remember it really well!

Need to pick up the Shout Factory Blu Ray that they released a little while back.
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
It would be awesome to see all the new interviews, too bad that the blu is region A locked.

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