Deke DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Matthew Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are New York police officers specially assigned to a special multi-national team dedicated to tracking down terrorist Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer). Wulfgar planted a bomb in a London department store, killing several children and he is now an outcast, hunted by both the police and his fellow gang members.
He has extensive plastic surgery and resumes his activities aided by Shakka (Persis Khambutta), a completely psychotic fellow outcast. Soon DaSilva and Wulfgar are engaged in a violent battle of wits as Wulfgar resumes his terrorist activities and threatens New York . This very effective thriller features a chilling performance by Rutger Hauer as the handsome, ruthless cold-blooded killer who charms women into helping him and then kills them.
Sylvester Stallone gives an unusually understated emotionally vulnerable performance as a man trying to save lives while he saves his own marriage. The film makes excellent use of New York locales, particularly during a terrifying hijacking of a cable car where Wulfgar coolly decides which of the hostages will live or die.
Nighthawks is a 1981 American action-thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta and Nigel Davenport. Its score was composed by Keith Emerson. The film was noted for production problems.
Directed by: Bruce Malmuth, Gary Nelson
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner, Billy Dee Williams, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, Hilary Thompson
Screenplay by: David Shaber
Production Design by: Peter S. Larkin
Cinematography by: James A. Contner
Film Editing by: Stanford C. Allen, Christopher Holmes
Costume Design by: Robert De Mora, John Falabella
Set Decoration by: Frederic C. Weiler
Music by: Keith Emerson
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: April 10, 1981