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Nighthawks
     

Nighthawks

Director: Bruce Malmuth

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer

 

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Goodtimes misses the boat on a title like Nighthawks. They actually have an interesting movie and they've done an inferior job overall. One can only expect so much for a title that retails this low, but even those expectations can be dashed when the quality simply isn't there. The picture on this disc is the main culprit -- it simply isn't that good. First of

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Goodtimes misses the boat on a title like Nighthawks. They actually have an interesting movie and they've done an inferior job overall. One can only expect so much for a title that retails this low, but even those expectations can be dashed when the quality simply isn't there. The picture on this disc is the main culprit -- it simply isn't that good. First of all viewers are given a full-frame version (even though the final credits are in the proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio), which might be acceptable if it weren't for all the annoying grain in the picture. Darks don't hold up very well either and the added grain only exacerbates an already obvious problem. Sound fares a bit better with a Dolby Digital 2.0 (a split mono track) track, which sounds pretty good; there is no real separation on the front right and left speakers, but the dialogue is clear and always understandable. Goodtimes, never known for adding extras on their discs, offers only a trailer and two pages of production notes. Considering this is actually more than the majority of their discs, viewers should be pleased.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Bruce Malmuth's solid, well-conceived thriller features a chillingly effective Rutger Hauer in his breakthrough role along with an excellent, uncharacteristically low-key Stallone. The film pits a New York cop (Billy Dee Williams) and an undercover specialist (Stallone), part of a newly formed antiterrorist unit, against politically aggrieved killing machine Rutger Hauer. Although resonating eerily with the events of September 11, 2001, at the time, the Hauer character echoed the activities of the dangerous Bader-Meinhoff gang, following a decade which saw a swift spike in international terrorism. Except for a predictable subplot concerning Stallone's marital problems, the film is a suspenseful, well-paced effort, including subtle characterization of both the terrorist and his opponents. Along with more conventional mayhem, it features memorable terrorist set pieces in a crowded disco, and on the Roosevelt Island tram, far above the city. The principals are supported by a solid cast, particularly Nigel Davenport as the tough-talking leader of the antiterrorist group. The film was initiated by legendary production designer Paul Sylbert, who helped co-write the script, unfortunately, his last.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
UPC:
0018713810557
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Good Times Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Deke DaSilva
Billy Dee Williams Matthew Fox
Rutger Hauer Wulfgar
Nigel Davenport Peter Hartman
Persis Khambatta Shakka
Lindsay Wagner Irene
Joe Spinell Lt. Munafo
Hilary Thompson Pam
Tawn Christian Disco Hostess
Edward Fox Actor
Jamie Gillis Designer
Walter Mathews Commissioner
Eivind Harum Swedish Ambassador
Walter Mac Neil Commissioner
E. Brian Dean Sergeant
Caesar Cordova Puerto Rican Proprietor
Charles Duval Dr. Ghiselin
Tony Munafo Big Mike
Howard Stein Disco Manager
Luke Reilly Conductor
Yvette Hawkins Mrs. Ntembwe
Jacques Roux French Ambassador
Clebert Ford Nigerian Ambassador
Obaka Adedunyo Mr. Ntembwe
Jean-Pierre Stewart Rene Marigny
Thomas Rosales Ripper
Jose Santana Ripper
Tom Degidon Immigration Officer
Karl Wickman Helicopter Pilot
Cliff Cudney A.T.A.C. Man
Joe Dabenigno A.T.A.C. Man
Steve Daskawisz A.T.A.C. Man
Paul Farentino A.T.A.C. Man
Al Levitsky A.T.A.C. Man
Dar Robinson A.T.A.C. Man
Luke Walter A.T.A.C. Man
Brian Osborne Orchard
Robert Pugh Kenna
Catherine Stewart Salesgirl
Frederick Treves Chief Police Inspector
Jim Beaver Subway Passenger
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Bruce Malmuth Director
Nick Allder Special Effects
William Badalato Production Designer
Jim Contner Cinematographer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Smith Special Effects
Keith Emerson Score Composer
John Falabella Costumes/Costume Designer
Christopher Holmes Editor
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Franklin R. Levy Executive Producer
Herb Nanas Producer
Martin Poll Producer
Dar Robinson Stunts
David Shaber Original Story,Screenwriter
Paul Sylbert Original Story,Screenwriter
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
Michael Wise Producer
Michael Wise Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. He-Man [4:56]
2. No Security [6:07]
3. People Grow [3:50]
4. A Legend [7:09]
5. End of Story [4:57]
6. A.T.A.C. [6:40]
7. Only a Warning [4:39]
8. The Right Button [4:34]
9. A Better Life [5:49]
10. Brown Sugar [6:15]
11. Take the Shot [6:52]
12. Great Reflexes [4:07]
13. This is Shakka [6:00]
14. Making the Rules [4:58]
15. We're Not Heroes [4:59]
16. My Choice [7:06]
17. Keep Looking [2:38]
18. Hunter and Hunted [7:34]

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