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Ladyhawke (1985)

Matthew Broderick , Rutger Hauer , Richard Donner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern, John Wood
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples, Edward Khmara, Michael Thomas, Tom Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Harvey Bernhard, Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 1997
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (559 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630469654X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,350 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ladyhawke" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

Hauer and Pfeiffer are cursed lovers who use Philippe \The Mouse" Gaston (Broderick) to help free them from the spell which traps them.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 15-AUG-2000
Media Type: DVD"""

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185 of 197 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ladyhawke DVD - A fine movie on a not so fine DVD December 11, 2003
Format:DVD
Synopsis:
Ladyhawke follows Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick), a petty thief in Medieval Europe known as "the Mouse." Soon after escape the dungeons of Aquila and the hangman's noose, he accidentally becomes entwined with the quest a pair of star-crossed lovers Attiene Navarre and Lady Isabeau (Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfiefer) to break themselves of a curse put on them by the corrupt and evil bishop of Aquila (John Wood).
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Ladyhawke stands as one of my favorite movies. I tend to go towards fantasy as a matter of course, but this movie has strong 'chick-flick' elements in it.
But I don't care. Matthew Broderick is delightful and a little silly as 'the Mouse,' showing in this film, exactly why he's endured as an actor for all these years. Rutger Hauer, an actor I've always liked, did a great job as well. His portrayal of the cursed and grieving Navarre is believable in its intensity. And of course, Michelle Pfiefer, while not a scene stealer, certainly is nice to watch.
The story itself is the classic tale of star-crossed lovers (right down to the enchantment that keeps them apart), but unlike Shakespeare's classic play, the lovers get to have each other in the end. This is a true epic fantasy, with a good many original elements.
The first thing most people mention when they see this movie is that the musical score is out of place. I have to admit that that analysis is right on. The musical scoring for this movie was done by 80's band "The Alan Parsons Project." While generally, I have liked their music, the disco-pop electronica that runs through a good portion of the movie and many of the action scenes is out of place and poorly chosen.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated July 31, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I am not a fancy movie critic, but I know what I like and I like this movie. There are very few movies that leave a lasting impression on me, and Ladyhawke is definitely one of them. The story, music (no, it is NOT disco-medieval) and acting is haunting, funny, romantic and hopeful. This was the first time I ever saw Michelle Pfiffer and I remember thinking how beautiful and perfectly suited she was for this part. Rutger Hauer is absolutely dashing as a knight in black and they make a perfect pair. Matthew Broderick provides a wonderful balance of humor and support for the 2 cursed lovers. I have loved this movie for 15 years and it still remains one of my favorites. The location and scenery is absolutely beautiful. Like I said, I'm not some fancy movie critic, looking at every aspect of a film. But, I can say this: It was one of the best films put out in the 80s and I still recommend it to friends when the topic of old movies comes up. If you're a romantic at heart, you'll love this movie, I promise.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval legend December 1, 2003
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...and I don't even particularly like the fantasy genre, so this 5-star recommendation is saying a lot about the film. It's old (1985), and it's still a favorite at our local video rental store. And it's got Michelle Pfeiffer in it, so what's not to like?
The romance at the heart of the story is that of 2 lovers upon whom a curse has been put, the girl becomes a hawk with every sunrise, and her lover turns into a wolf as the sun sets, so they're never humans at the same time. So the plot is to get the curse removed, defeat the villain who cast the spell, and reunite the lovers.
Watch it with your kids; adults and kids can enjoy this movie on entirely different levels.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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It's amazing how many people have seen this film even though it was never a critcal success at the box office. Ladyhawke boasts an outstanding cast (I believe this to be Rutger Hauer's 2nd best film next to Blade Runner) and an excellent script with an original storyline that many should find quite engaging. The costumes are first rate and the sword fights are the most effective I have seen in film to date (neither Excalibur nor the insulting First Knight were ever as effective with their fight sequences; it should never look like you're swinging tooth picks around; swords are heavy and fighting with them is exhausting; the director obviously realized this fact and utilized it effectively in the finale--excellent). Yes, the music score for this film makes you scratch your head. Nevertheless, there are a handful of effective emotional tracks that tug you in the right direction (and a couple that make you cringe).
Overall, a beautifully shot film, high production quality, and an original story. This is a first-rate film that should please most. This film never fails to impress me.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant tale of medieval fantasy and adventure July 10, 2000
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In this film Matthew Broderick playes "the mouse", a young thief who manages to escape from the dungeon and the clutches of the tyrannical Bishop of Aquilla. Broderick is saved from recapture by Rutger Hauer who plays "Navar", the former captain of the Bishop's guard. Michelle Pfeifer plays the hauntingly beautiful "Isabo" who loves Navar. Here's the catch -- the Bishop also desires Isabo. When the Bishop learned that Isabo was already in love with Navar, he fell from grace and made a pact with the evil one to place a curse on the lovers -- during the day Navar is a man, but Isabo is a hawk. At night Navar transforms into a large black wolf and Isabo reverts to her human form. They are together forever, eternally apart. That's the situation Broderick falls into.
This movie includes love and loyalty, deceit and repentance (on the part of the lovers' former priest), drama, a good sword fight or two, a touch of magical mystery, and, dare I say it? -- True love.
The soundtrack was developed by Alan Parsons (of the Alan Parsons Project). It therefore has a a somewhat modern sound to it, but Parsons works his musical magic to make it work with the medieval time frame. I think it's a wonderful touch to the movie.
Whether you enjoy medieval stories or not, this movie is well worth watching. It will tug at your heart strings and get you cheering for the unlikely heroes.
Great stuff!
5 stars.
Alan Holyoak
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great date movie!
Young lovers under a devastating evil spell. A kindly old priest. And a young pickpocket: Matthew Broderick, who brings comic relief and some of his best work in film! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sue Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by reeni
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't see too many gorgeou movies like this any more and I have...
I saw a Hawke flying and remebered this movie. You don't see too many gorgeou movies like this any more and I have loved Rutger Howard forever.
Published 8 days ago by Jeanne Major
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun.
Great fun. No more, no less. Looking for art, watch Badlands. Looking for a Movie that's a movie, this works for me.
Published 11 days ago by Mark D. Burgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Broderick is comical in the way he acts out his part and his...
I watched this movie with my daughter 1986 and it is still an intriguing story line. Matthew Broderick is comical in the way he acts out his part and his character does become... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Theresa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love overcomes evil always!
Such a sweet movie from the 80's! Excellent fairy tale about two lovers who struggle to overcome an evil curse. Read more
Published 12 days ago by retrobabe
4.0 out of 5 stars but good concept.
A neat fantasy set to rock music. Little bland in some places, but good concept.
Published 13 days ago by Amandah
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite all-time film
Favorite all-time film! Total classic that everyone needs to watch at least once! Romance, chivalry, humor and a little magical mystery - all woven together in fantastic story of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by SmudgyToes
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure movie for the whole family!
This has been a favorite movie since the first time I saw it, way back in the '80s. It's a great family adventure movie with everything you could want in a movie: a beautiful... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jason Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love it
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Well, to each his own I guess, but I love this movie! The main characters are all bona fide archetypes, which is perhaps a tad self-conscious, but still very effective. The scenery (somewhere in Spain) was amazing, and whatever versions people are watching that are too dark, I have never had that... Read More
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