Nighthawks Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Nighthawks

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Rutger's character picks up women to provide him with safe houses.


Go behind the scenes on the 1981 Action / Adventure movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner More Cast

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When the original director, Gary Nelson, left the project, Bruce Malmuth took over production. When he couldn't make it on his first day to shoot the train chase, Stallone directed the chase himself, so as to not miss a day of shooting. This caused trouble with the Director's Guild.
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Stallone reportedly ate junk food and gained weight during filming to approximate the look of a street cop.
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Rutger Hauer turned down a role in "The Spinnix" to appear in this film. Some say he wasn't too happy working on the film not only because of a low salary but also his working relationship with Stallone.
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The Wulfgar character (Rutger Hauer) was based on the infamous terrorist known as "Carlos."
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Both Stallone and Williams underwent two months of police training prior to the start of production.

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Deleted Scenes

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Alternate Versions

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The TV version has different background music in the disco scene just before the chase begins.
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The British TV & DVD version is cut to a version with a bowdlerised ending in which Da Silva is seen to shoot Wulfgar only twice (instead of six times). No doubt cut by censors to reduce the amount of violent content, this alteration (a) looks ridiculous (Wolfgar is seen to have two bullet wounds after the first shot, and six after the second); (b) interferes with the discharge of tension (since Wolfgar now dies too easily and too quickly); and (c) obscures the dramatic connection with an earlier scene in which Da Silva pointedly practises shooting at a human-shaped target in such a way as would cause the maximum injury before the final, fatal shot.

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