The Triple Venti Late Night Movie Club this week moves away from comedy and into Action films for the first time with Nighthawks.Â This film sports a very good cast, including the introduction of Rutger Hauer, Billie Dee Williams, Lindsey Wagner, and Sylvester Stallone.
While the scenery, clothing and music give this early 80’s film an obviously dated look, the story is probably every bit as relevant today as it was then (perhaps even more so), with the theme of a terrorist loose in New York City.
Deke DaSilva (Stallone), and his partner and Matthew Fox (Williams) are brought in to an elite anti-terrorist task force and assigned with hunting down the international terrorist Wulfgar (Hauer).
For fans of seeing things blown up, there is plenty of that.Â For intensity, there is an awesome scene in the movie where Wulfgar, takes hostages on the Roosevelt Island Tramway.
It always struck me as odd, that this film did not become more widely popular.Â Was it because by 1981 it was already in vogue to trash anything Stallone did, even if it was a good film?Â Was it because there isn’t the silly comedic side to it (ala Lethal Weapon) to ease the tension of the film?Â It certainly had everything else, and was far more intense in character development, as DaSilva tries to get “in the head” of Wulfgar.Â If you can believe Alan Rickman as an international terrorist (Die Hard), then you should be blown away (pun only slightly intended) by Hauer’s debut performance.