A 1981 American neo-noir action crime thriller film starring Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport, and Rutger Hauer, Nighthawks was directed by Bruce Malmuth. Keith Emerson composed the music for it. The film’s production issues were well-known.  It is noteworthy for being Stallone’s first action movie with a leading role.
A woman is attacked by three armed attackers who later reveal themselves to be Detective Sergeant Deke DaSilva of the Street Crimes Unit of the NYCPD. Detective Sergeant Matthew Fox, his partner, renders two of the attackers helpless; Deke pursues the third up the stairs to a subway platform, taunts him, and disables him with a scarf.
Heymar Reinhardt, a terrorist who goes by the moniker Wulfgar, detonates a shop bomb in London on that day Nighthawks.
In the Bronx of New York City, DaSilva and Fox execute a high-risk warrant. When they conduct a drug distribution operation, they find corrupt police officers working with the dealers. Following the arrests, DaSilva runs into Irene, his divorced wife, and tells her he loves her. Although she initially rejects him, they finally make up.
At a party, Wulfgar meets a person from his network to obtain money and travel documents. Wulfgar kills the delivery man and three Metropolitan Police Service officers who were sent to capture him because he was suspicious of the man. He flees, and Inspector Hartman, the chief investigator, receives criticism from the police superintendent.
Nighthawks Wulfgar discovers that his supervisors are shunning him because the bombing killed several children when he sees his partner Shakka in Paris. Wulfgar chooses to relocate his terrorist campaign to New York City after undergoing face surgery to change his look.
DaSilva and Fox are transferred by Lt. Munafo to the recently established ATAC (Anti-Terrorist Action Command) team, where they are introduced to Hartman. Since Nighthawks Hartman thinks American police aren’t brutal enough to cope with a terrorist like Wulfgar, he and DaSilva argue.
DaSilva absorbs his new knowledge and starts to comprehend the terrorist, despite his reluctance to approve of killing Wulfgar.
Nighthawks Wulfgar settles in with Pam, a flight attendant, in New York City, and murders her when she learns of his arsenal. Munafo instructs DaSilva and Fox to search each club the flight attendant had visited after receiving a tip.
After a gunfight and foot chase through the tunnel, they locate Wulfgar, who first kidnaps a woman and uses her as a human shield to stop DaSilva from firing. DaSilva is enraged at Wulfgar’s subsequent escape when he uses a knife to cut Fox’s face, and he swears to murder him. Fox chastises DaSilva for not shooting at the hospital.
A United Nations event is protected by the ATAC team at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shakka kills Nighthawks Hartman after sneaking into the party in disguise and cornering him on an escalator. DaSilva observes from a circling police aircraft as Wulfgar kills the wife of the French ambassador after stealing a tram car.
Wulfgar commands DaSilva to board the tramway in order to pick up a baby that he wants transported to safety.
After being hoisted onto the aerial tram, DaSilva confronts Wulfgar and demands to know why the woman was killed. Wulfgar claims that he killed her because he wanted to and believes that everyone is a victim. He sees himself as a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves.
There are no reviews yet.