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Director: Bruce Malmuth Run Time: 99 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1981

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer

B-Sides, Sylvester Stallone: Sandwiched between Rocky sequels and before he was fully immersed in muscled-up action roles of the 80s, Sylvester Stallone starred in Nighthawks, a 1981 crime thriller that feels more like a dark 70s approach to noir, sporting a beard and wardrobe that suggest an alternate universe for the star, had the movie been more of a hit.

Fresh from mounting a devastating bomb attack in London, an international terrorist arrives in New York and remains intent upon wreaking further havoc. His preparation is clinical and thorough but he overlooks one thing – the grit and steely determination of one New York cop.