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4.32

Awesome66.07%
Worth A Look: 19.64%
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Pretty Bad: 5.36%
Total Crap: 7.14%

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Ladyhawke
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by Godfather

"Romeo and Juliet my ass. This is the quintessential love story."
5 stars

Notwithstanding uneducated opinions to the contrary, Ladyhawke is the greatest love story that has ever been written. Now don't get me wrong. Romeo and Juliet is a fine piece of work from that talented young playwright Bill Shakespeare but it just doesn't compare to the love that is demonstrated by the protagonists in Ladyhawke. "How can you say that ?" scream the dozen or so fans of Billy's work. "Romeo and Juliet were so in love that they were willing to die without one another." True. But would they been so much in love if they were a different species?

Ladyhawke is based on a 13th century legend of a beautiful woman, Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer) and the love of her life the former Captain of the Bishop's Guards, Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer). It seems that Isabeau (that's 13th Century French for "Is a Babe") is so lovely that she is also courted by the evil Bishop of Aquila (John Wood). She is already in love with Navarre and scorns the Bishop's love. The lovers reveal their love to the monk Father Imperius (Leo McKern) who in turn, "in a drunken confession to his superior" tells the Bishop. The Bishop is overcome with lust and jealousy and strikes a deal with Satan. If he cannot have her then no one will. With that a terrible spell is cast. During the day, the beautiful Isabeau is turned into a hawk. And at night the brave and handsome Navarre takes on the form of a wolf. They see each other in human form only for a split second at sunrise and sunset. Forever together, eternally apart. The only way the spell can be broken is if they confront the Bishop together on a day when there is no night and a night when there is no day. For those of us who are meteorologically challenged this does not seem possible. Or is it?

Enter the comic relief (and also a movingly eloquent speaker) in the form of one young and infamous thief, and the only person to ever escape the dreaded dungeons of Aquila, Phillippe "the mouse" Gaston (Matthew Broderick). When Navarre hears of Phillippe's miraculous escape he seeks his assistance in getting back into Aquila in order to kill the Bishop. When the Bishop hears of the plan he sends his guards to kill Navarre. During a battle between Navarre and his former troops the lovely Isabeau (as a hawk) is seriously injured and Phillippe is ordered to seek the assistance of the former mentioned drunk monk Imperius to save her life. Phillippe learns of the story from Imperius and is reluctantly drawn into the lover's curse. Upon their reunion Imperius reveals to Navarre that God has spoke to him of the way that the spell may be broken. Navarre believes Imperius to be mad and seeks to continue his quest to kill the Bishop which will result in the lovers being doomed forever. Will the lovers ever be reunited? Will the plan God has given Imperius work or is he mad? Will Navarre kill the Bishop or will Philippe and Imperius be able to persuade him to try to break the spell?

The only way not to like this film is to be dead. It has comedy, it has humour, it has action, it has suspense. It even has a great soundtrack from that 70's progressive rock group The Alan Parson's Project (Alan Parson's was the engineer on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon). But I digress. Richard Donner is unsurpassed in his direction of this matchless cinematic piece of genius. If you are a woman you will love this movie because, well, you're a chick. If you are a man who is madly in love with his wife, partner, girlfriend etc (as I am with my wife) then you will love this movie because it has action and comedy and because movies like this make you think you're a chick. As a matter of fact, this is a great test for your relationship.

If you think you are in love with your wife, husband etc etc, watch this movie together. If you don't BOTH laugh, cry, and cheer at the appropriate places, break up and find someone else. Then watch it with them. Trust me. It will be worth it.

For Hollywood BitchSlap, I’m the Godfather.

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User Comments

7/31/19 drora kemp Don't know ab the love story, but this is the most beautiful couple in a love story. Ever! 5 stars
8/27/12 Debbie If the soundtrack didn't detract from the richly layered mythology - the film would dazzle. 4 stars
4/06/12 SEAN DUTRA great, except the ending. that is the weakest part 5 stars
1/05/10 gypsie An absolutely bewitching medieval ove story to make your imagination working! 5 stars
5/19/09 OswynH Good plot/story but bad acting and direction. Music is pretty poor as well. 2 stars
11/03/08 plj its alright and lyle smells 4 stars
8/13/08 PAUL SHORTT A NEAR-PERFECT ACTION ROMANCE WITH A GOOD STORY 4 stars
7/07/07 Bitchflaps Horrible horrible horrible 1 stars
6/09/06 Michael, not the Archangel Timeless,beautiful, one of the rare movies that gets better each time viewed 5 stars
3/13/06 Katya Caeli Fantastic film in every way! 5 stars
8/18/05 ES NAVARRE!!!- the movie that brought us Rutger= a decent watch 4 stars
7/10/05 Mary In Italy this summer, we stumbled upon L'Aquila, and my love for this movie returned. 5 stars
10/10/04 Movie Chick It's STILL Awesome and will always be. 5 stars
9/19/04 Krishnendu Sen Too, too beautiful- God Himself must have loved this story. 5 stars
7/19/04 mark worrell entertainment supreme 5 stars
11/28/03 john wonderful and magic - proves that a romantic adventure movie survives time and a bad score 5 stars
9/05/03 JASMINA The best movie I ever see in my life.Beautiful love story,Rutger Hauer is the best actor !! 5 stars
6/15/03 Sami Even marked with a bad 80s soundtrack the humor and plot gives all it needs to be a classic 4 stars
5/11/03 Elizabeth Absolutely incredible and a must-see. 5 stars
4/23/03 Marco Chick-flick my ass, this movie rocks!!!!! 5 stars
12/02/02 Navdeep Kapooria Its Wowsome-Awesome !!!!!! 5 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Back when Rutger Hauer was the coolest bastard on earth 5 stars
9/12/02 Jim Outstanding romantic fantasy. 5 stars
6/02/02 Jessica I was refreshing from learning about Rome and Juliet for many weeks 4 stars
3/15/02 R.W. Welch Imaginative medieval fantasy, not for hard-nosed types. 4 stars
3/05/02 Elodie Some peoples have not a clue...music scores fabs!!! Great adventure and uper powers, I keep 5 stars
12/29/01 Andrew Carden It Just Didn't Click. The Plot Was Dull and The Result Was Lame. 2 stars
12/09/01 Monster W. Kung If you think this is horrible, you probably like I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. 4 stars
9/28/01 Pixylover My initiation into Med. Times...and love it still. 5 stars
9/22/01 Mo A Favorite 5 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean A sweet, romantic movie! Hauer is horribly underrated. 5 stars
8/28/01 Wave I'm enchanted by the story, the beautiful medieval scenes, and Michelle. I'm glad! 5 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk I remember it being really, really cool. God bless the 80's. 5 stars
5/04/01 Sadie May The music sucked, but it had good actors, but it still sucked! 1 stars
4/23/01 Grommelt Add Romance to Action and romantic Action´s what you get. 5 stars
3/23/01 Hurl And boy did I! Nearly as torturous an experience as Starship Troopers 1 stars
2/25/01 hollee mcleod this movie was totally lame!!!!! 1 stars
2/22/01 Ann I love this movie! The greatest love story ever. 5 stars
1/22/01 Mike Schilling Awful, inappropriate music. Slow-paced. 2 stars
1/13/01 Jason Its the best love it 5 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla why would you put fucking rock music on a 16th century flick, gosh, think! good movie still 4 stars
6/16/00 Debbie Loved this movie! On my "most favorite" list! 5 stars
5/07/00 MacVader Excellent atmosphere but score seems inappropriate at times. John Wood superb as Bishop. 5 stars
4/29/00 Mic Music during action sequences is horrendous. Example of how bad music can wreck atmosphere. 3 stars
4/20/00 PJ Rutger Hauer rules! 4 stars
4/11/00 lucas jackson it is awesome baby 4 stars
2/02/00 jihad One of my all time favorites 5 stars
1/14/00 the Grinch Guess what? Yup, another classic. 5 stars
1/09/00 Will I was 10 when I first saw this and I haven't stopped loving it since. 5 stars
1/08/00 sophia866 The Godfather is correct (of course) Breathtakingly lovely 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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