Nighthawks

1981, Mystery & thriller, 1h 39m

20 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Fresh from mounting a devastating bomb attack in London, an international terrorist arrives in New York and remains intent upon wreaking further havoc. His preparation is clinical and thorough but he overlooks one thing - the grit and steely determination of one New York cop.

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  • Nighthawks, an aggressively shallow police thriller pitting New York undercover cops against international terrorists.

    December 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though there's never much doubt how the duel will end, the climax is nonetheless surprising and totally satisfying, topping the energy of the previous pursuit.

    January 30, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A terrorist hijacking a cable car, even in New York, is a mildly ludicrous idea -- were no 747s handy? The plot of Nighthawks makes no sense.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • All of it is standard stuff, and yet Nighthawks has been assembled with enough pep to make it feel fresh.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • The already conventional story sacrifices its best moments for the dramatic. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A thoroughly entertaining product of what now seems a more innocent time.

    September 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Nighthawks, an aggressively shallow police thriller pitting New York undercover cops against international terrorists.

    December 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though there's never much doubt how the duel will end, the climax is nonetheless surprising and totally satisfying, topping the energy of the previous pursuit.

    January 30, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A terrorist hijacking a cable car, even in New York, is a mildly ludicrous idea -- were no 747s handy? The plot of Nighthawks makes no sense.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • All of it is standard stuff, and yet Nighthawks has been assembled with enough pep to make it feel fresh.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • The already conventional story sacrifices its best moments for the dramatic. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A thoroughly entertaining product of what now seems a more innocent time.

    September 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nighthawks

  • Mar 01, 2015
    Stallone in his first cop role has to be one of his best, Not action wise but performance wise, Stallone and his partner have a cat and mouse chase with a terrorist nothing new but very well told and well acted and Rutger Hauer was a brilliant villian, There wasn't a great deal of shoot outs but some nice chases, The ending was good even if it was a little silly but still a great film.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2011
    Thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport and Rutger Hauer. It was directed by Bruce Malmuth. The original music score was composed by Keith Emerson(of Emerson, Lake and Palmer).A good movie, with great finale.Check it out.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2010
    Very much in the same tradition of the French Connection, an 80s equivalent and almost as good. The good vs. evil aspect is the strongest and quite possibly the most effective in a plot like this. Part of that is due to both Rutger Hauer and Sylvester Stallone's flawless performances. Sly is actually a lot different than he usually is in this, way more of a hothead and energetic. However, it's Rutger Hauer as the terrorist mastermind Wulfgar who totally dominates the movie. The cinematography is great, just another one of the many strong suites this has. I love the story, terrorism has never been handled quite so well in a cop movie. This is believable, non-stereotyped and just really cool. It's a shame that this goes along without a bigger fanbase, hopefully one day it will be appreciated properly.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2010
    Bruce Malmuth's riveting suspenseful cat-and-mouse thriller, concerning two New York City undercover police officers Deke DaSilva and Matthew Fox, played by marvelously Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams, they are reassigned to a special unit run by a Interpol terrorist expert nicely played by the late Nigel Davenport, who is tracking a ruthless, cold-blooded international terrorist known as Wulfgar, played brilliantly by Holland's top actor Rutger Hauer in his impressive American film debut, Hauer is absolutely chilling in the role and matches Stallone scene for scene, as a matter of fact his villain completely dominates this exciting police thriller, he is a crafty and murderous fiend who rationalized his actions and has no problem blowing a department store full innocent victims including children for his cause. There are plenty of hair-raising moments including a terrific chase through the Manhattan subway and a showdown on the Roosevelt island tramway car high above the East River. Astute direction by Malmuth, with outstanding supporting performances by Joe Spinell, Persis Kahambatta and Lindsay Wagner. A sensational cop thriller from the early 80's. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer

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