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Ladyhawke [1985] (1 disc)

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Director:Richard Donner
Writer:David Webb Peoples
Edward Khmara
Michael Thomas
Tom Mankiewicz
Composer:Andrew Powell
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Fantasy
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:67%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: The thief Gaston escapes the dungeon of medieval Aquila through the latrine. Soldiers are about to kill him when Navarre saves him. Navarre, traveling with his spirited hawk, plans to kill the bishop of Aquila with help from Gaston.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Richard Donner => Director
David Webb Peoples => Writer
Edward Khmara => Writer
Michael Thomas => Writer
Tom Mankiewicz => Writer
Andrew Powell => Composer
Lauren Shuler Donner => Producer
Alfred Molina => Cezar
Benito Stefanelli => Bishop's Guard (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia => Fornac's Man (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff => Cart Driver
John Wood => Bishop
Ken Hutchison => Marquet
Leo McKern => Imperius
Matthew Broderick => Gaston
Michelle Pfeiffer => Isabeau
Nello Pazzafini => Fornac's Man (uncredited)
Omero Capanna => Francesco (uncredited)
Rutger Hauer => Navarre

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Curtis Armstrong auditioned for the role of Philippe Gaston.
  • Producer and director Richard Donner originally wanted to cast Rutger Hauer as the evil Captain of the guard, while casting a younger actor, Kurt Russell, as Navarre. Hauer wasn't interested in that role, but expressed interest in playing Navarre. When Russell dropped out a few days before principal photography began, the part was handed to Hauer.
  • The hawk featured in this movie went under the name "Spike II" and worked in the [Universal Bird Show] until 2000 when she was transfered to the National Audubon society and became an Audubon Ambassador until she died in May 2007. Several different hawks were used. One to sit on Rutger Hauer's arm and another for the flying scenes. A third proved to be mostly unusable, as it enjoyed Hauer's company so much, that it would ruffle its feathers when seated on his arm, making it look more like a chicken than a stately hawk.
  • In one scene, Captain Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer) tells Philippe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) to ride his horse to Imperius' castle and slaps the horse's rear to make it ride. However, the first time the scene was filmed, Hauer slapped the horse too hard and it took off over the hill and off into the horizon. The horse was too powerful for Broderick to stop, so all everyone could do was sit and wait for him to come back.
  • Warner Brothers falsely marketed this movie as being based on a true medieval legend. Screenwriter Edward Khmara took the issue to the Writers Guild Association and was awarded a cash settlement from Warner Brothers, but the medieval legend claim wasn't dropped.
  • Rutger Hauer has said that one of his proudest moments in this movie was being able to flip the dagger in his hand during the climactic fight without looking at it.
  • This movie was released the same year as another Warner Brothers produced Richard Donner adventure movie, The Goonies (1985).
  • Based on geographical, historical, and astronomical facts, this movie's action presumably takes place in 1386, in Italy, thirty-six years after the Black Death. Yet, although a real total eclipse did occur across southern France into Italy on January 1, 1386, dialogue specifically references the Crusades and there is none concerning the Black Death - and movie marketing indicated that this movie takes place during the thirteenth century. However, since this movie is a work of complete fiction, none of it matters.
  • After getting the role of Captain Etienne Navarre, Rutger Hauer surprised producer and director Richard Donner by driving from The Netherlands to this movie's Italian location in a semi trailer and cab that Hauer had converted into a mobile home.
  • This movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, but failed to win either one.
  • When producer and director Richard Donner was considering Dustin Hoffman for the role of Philippe Gaston, he had Sir Sean Connery in mind for the role of Captain Etienne Navarre.
  • Producer and director Richard Donner said that he had considered Mick Jagger for the Bishop.
  • Sean Penn and Dustin Hoffman were offered the role of Philippe Gaston.