Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke

Richard Donner (1985)

115min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Michelle Pfeiffer as the title's pretty predator and Rutger Hauer as a legendary lycanthrope give human poignancy to this medieval fairy tale about lovers cursed to shape-change into animals. Richard Donner, who made the first Superman adventure with Christopher Reeve, proves to have an elegant eye for ancient as well as everyday fables, and it's all ravishingly filmed in Italy by Vittorio Storaro, who's worked with director Bernardo Bertolucci on films such as The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky. Leo McKern dispels the dark from the Dark Ages with a comic turn as a Friar Tuck-ish priest, and Matthew Broderick makes an appealing young hero.

Summary

A medieval knight and his lover are separated by the effects of a wicked curse that turns her into a hawk during the day, and him into a wolf at night. A thief rescued by the knight is determined to break the spell - but his stubborn saviour is more concerned with taking revenge on the jealous bishop who cast it. Fantasy adventure, starring Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick and John Wood.

Cast & Crew

Phillipe Gaston Matthew Broderick
Etienne of Navarre Rutger Hauer
Isabeau of Anjou Michelle Pfeiffer
Father Imperius Leo McKern
Bishop John Wood (2)
Captain Marquet Ken Hutchison
Cezar Alfred Molina
Fornac Giancarlo Prete
Jehan Loris Loddi
Mr Pitou Alessandro Serra
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama