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Ladyhawke

Matthew Broderick , Rutger Hauer , Richard Donner    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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This lushly produced fantasy has gained a loyal following since its release in 1985, and it gave a welcomed boost to the careers of Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rutger Hauer. You have to ignore the overly aggressive music score (critic Pauline Kael aptly dubbed it "disco-medieval") and director Richard Donner's reckless allowance of anachronistic dialogue and uninspired storytelling, but there's a certain charm to the movie's combination of romance and heroism. Broderick plays a young thief who comes to the aid of tragic lovers Isabeau (Pfeiffer), who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and Navarre (Hauer) who turns into a wolf at sunset. The curse was cast by an evil sorcerer-bishop (John Wood), and as Broderick eludes the bishop's henchmen, Navarre struggles to conquer the villain, lift the curse, and be reunited with his love in human form. The tragedy of this lovers' dilemma keeps the movie going, and Broderick is well cast as a young, medieval variation of Woody Allen. --Jeff Shannon

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be releasd with some bonus features. June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Just saw this movie the other day and loved it. Warners should re-release as a two disk set with new interviews with Richard Donner and the cast. I would like to hear how they made the movie and what they think of it, all these years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ladyhawke review Feb. 26 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Because the dvd came from Germany it could not be viewed on my dvd player because the dvd was set up for a different region. So very dissappointing and a waste of money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am sorrow... Oct. 23 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A profound mideval legend brought to the big screen. An attractive cast and anachronistic but compelling dialogue.
An okay soundtrack--sort of out of place, but not completely.
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Format:DVD
The musical score which later approaches perfection in its subtle support of action, dialogue and scenery is at first an equally glaring, overstated distraction that mars the opening credits of "Ladyhawke" and for bad measure rears up again during the end credits. Setting this point aside for the moment, to watch Goliath's strut and hear Gaston's humorous asides to God are both well worth the research time involved in and price of finding this beautiful but now-disappearing movie. While cementing Rutger Hauer's royal stature in science fiction circles, the film includes additional performances of conviction from Matthew Broderick, Leo McKern, Alfred Molina (yes, he of much later "Spider Man 2" infamy), Michelle Pfeiffer and John Wood. It is Wood - and to an extent lessened only by his minor role, Molina - that reminds us how to best play a villain: strike fear in the best intentioned heart not by brute posturing or aimless rants, but with steady movements, even steadier gazes and a powerful voice delivering crisp words adrip with sinister intent. (Other great examples: Darth Vader and The Emperor throughout the "Star Wars" saga, & Jacob Kell in "Highlander: Endgame.") Consider how differently the male characters each utter just the name "Isabeau" at various points in this story to see, hear and best of all feel what they mean by so doing. The problems keeping "Ladyhawke" from five-star territory (a grainy DVD transfer, lack of audio commentaries and interviews, and the aforementioned score) beg to be resolved by a deluxe treatment similar to that given its equally excellent and similarly soundtrack-challenged 1985 sibling-in-fantasy, Ridley Scott's "Legend." Become "lost in it, with the rest of us."
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my VERY FAVORITES!!! May 17 2004
Format:DVD
A story about a Curse, a corrupt Priest and a Love that defied darkness. This was the first movie I had ever seen Michelle P. in and her beauty was flawless, as I love Romance novels this movie really appealed to me. Rutger Hauer was every woman's Noble Knight. Matthew Broderich was so funny as was the priest that lived in the run-down castle.
I highly recommend this movie for youngsters as the story is exciting and tells the story that LOVE truimphs over Evil. A Priest in love with a woman he can not have, the captain of the guard is in love with the same woman who loves him as well. The Priest can't have her and finds out that the 2 are in love and damn them to a life forever apart. There is a thief (Matthew B.) who is the only known person to have escaped the dungeons of Aquilar, Navarre (Rutgar H.) happens upon him hears of this is and is greatly interested in getting into the Fortress of Aquilar to destroy the corrupt priest who has damned himself, Navarre and Isabeau (Michelle P.) (sigh) what lovely names.....
The guards of Aquilar have been told to recapture the theif (Matthew) and return/and or kill him to the dungeons. Of course these guards are the same guards that used to answer to Navarre. Wonderfully exciting story and a mystery too!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad--Horrible soundtrack April 21 2004
Format:DVD
This is the story of Phillipe Gaston (Broderick), a pickpocket known around the city of Aquila as "The Mouse". He thinks that anything is better than prison, and likewise escapes, running to the nearby countryside. He befriends Navarre (Hauer), a renegade knight, who mysteriously always carries a hawk on his shoulder. One knight, Phillipe finds Navarre gone, and a lady named Isabeau (Pfeifer) in his place. After some klutzing around, Phillipe finds that the evil Bishop of Aquila made a pact with the devil, cursing Isabeau to only be human at night, and a hawk at day, and cursing Navarre to be wolf at night and human during the day. It turns out that the Bishop was secretly in love with Isabeau, and decided that if he couldn't have her, no one could.
You can guess the rest...
This wasn't a bad flick. I actually really liked it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who was expecting some extremely high fantasy movie. This is more lower class. But the soundtrack--GOD the soundtrack--was the worst I had ever heard. It was so bad it had you thinking about it the whole movie...yuk. And it was DISCO!! It wasn't even made in the '70s.
But if you like good acting and interesting fantasy, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A film worthy of ten stars out of five! April 21 2004
By Kali
Format:DVD
This is a great film about a young couple cursed by a jealous and very powerful man the Bishop of Aquila played by the underrated John Wood.
Michelle Pfeiffer is Isabeau a hawk by day and Rutger Hauer Captain Navarre is a wolf by night.
They can never be together except for one brief moment at dawn unless the curse can be broken.
Enter Leo Mckern as the drunken priest Father Imperious who needs to atone for his past sins, and a boy Phillipe Gaston, the Mouse, acted to perfection by a young Mathew Broderick in one of his earlier roles.
The plot is simple and exciting; Navarre wants revenge on the Bishop for the curse he has laid upon him and his one true love, but the only way to get to the Bishop is by attacking his fortress and that is a suicide mission.
Enter the Mouse who is the only person to get out of the Dungeon's of Aquila alive and it is through the Mouse that Navarre can extract his revenge.
There is a lot of action, good acting overall, a lot of humour, and some wonderfully touching scenes that don't get over cheesy which is saying something.
Look out for Alfred Molina as the Wolf Hunter Cezar, it's one of his earlier roles.
All in all this is a film that time has not touched, it is as good to watch in 2004 as it was when it was made in 1985, not bad for a film that is nearly 20 years old!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Nothing in the post says its not in English. No English at all. Waste of money! Grrrr
Published 2 months ago by Sara
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wasn't able to play the video on our DVD player. It was in an unknown format
Published 2 months ago by Larry FitzPatrick
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It does not work.
Published 3 months ago by Alex
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
the case is in spanish and the movie wont play in my dvd player
Published 3 months ago by jessica fletcher
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and now I know why
When the product information says region 2 and that it may not play in our area (North America), translate that to say it will not play at all and don't buy it.
Published 7 months ago by Judy Vail
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie would not play
Sadly none of my machines would play this movie :( very disappointed as we had a gathering to watch this movie
Published 7 months ago by J. S. Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic movie that is delivered from Italy
First it is from region 2 and will not play on my Sony Blue ray player, North American region 1, but will on my laptop computer using windows media player. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John J. Horvat
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Rare to find now, I have seen this classic for up to $90 ,i bought this as a gift and considering it's the 80s still not a bad film. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good Parts
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story
Ordered this in Blu ray as I had seen it years ago, watched it recently with my husband although this might be considered more of a "chick flick" my husband seemed to enjoy... Read more
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