Nighthawks (1981)

The audience for Nighthawks has barely settled into their chairs when international terrorist Rutger Hauer calmly blows up a London department store full of innocent bystanders. Because several schoolkids were killed, Hauer is ostracized by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

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

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

All of it is standard stuff, and yet Nighthawks has been assembled with enough pep to make it feel fresh.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A taut urban thriller with a hissable villain and an unforgettable ending. One of Stallone's best films.

Variety Staff

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.

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Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Stallone dresses in drag for his first onscreen appearance as a cop. This is one reel bad dude.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Nighthawks is a compelling movie with plenty of adrenaline-pumping chase sequences.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

This very effective thriller features a chilling performance by Hauer as the emotionless killing machine. Stallone and Williams are also credible, and the film makes good use of its New York locations.

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While the plotting is familiar (especially after countless imitations), competent scripting, direction and acting make this above average entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Rambo and Lando more or less remake French Connection, but with a terrorist (Rutger Hauer in his debut) instead of a drug dealer.
Mister Caple
Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams together in this exciting suspensful cop thriller.
Conner Rainwater
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… More
Devon Bott
In the late 70s-early 80s, police were encouraged to beat up criminals, knocking out teeth and breaking bones whenever possible. Deke (Stallone) is not above… More
David Ladd
.Nighthawks is a remarkable film on many levels and more than eerily prophetic, considering what took place in New York City twenty years after its release in… More
Dean McKenna
From its explosive first scene to the breaktakingly suspenseful denouement, <i>Nighthawks</i>, about a police detective hunting a wily terrorist, is… More