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Ladyhawke

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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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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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • 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 (839 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630469654X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ladyhawke" on IMDb

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By S. Lawrenz VINE VOICE on 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).
About the Movie
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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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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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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This is one of my favorite movies, and for several reasons. First of all, the acting is superb! Rutger Hauer is wonderful as the strong-willed, yet romantic Navarre. He does a spectacular job in all of his movies, but this is my favorite of his. Michelle Pfieffer, the beautiful Isabeau, is the other half of the doomed and cursed lovers who are forced to suffer as a result of the curse from the Bishop. The story is amazing, as is the MUSIC. The music is BEAUTIFUL, and my favorite part is where the hawk is flying across the water. Wow, I can never get over that scene. The music gives such depth, and conveys the emotions of the movie brilliantly. There are many scenes that touch me, but my fave is where the doomed lovers are in the ground and see each other for one brief second. I cannot get through that scene without crying. When you watch it, you will know what I mean. This is a movie for everyone, and one that will certainly not disappoint!
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