Ladyhawke (1985) – Best Movies of the '80s & '90s Review
“Ladyhawke” Upon breaking out of a dungeon, youthful thief Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick) befriends Capt. Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a man with a strange secret. Navarre and his lover Lady Isabeau d’Anjou (Michelle Pfeiffer) were cursed by the wicked Bishop of Aquila (John Wood), who desires Lady Isabeau for himself. His dark magic prevents the pair from ever being in each other’s presence except at twilight, so they enlist Gaston in a dangerous plot to overthrow the Bishop and break his evil enchantment.
People are always complaining that Hollywood’s run out of ideas: Everything’s a remake or a sequel or a comic book movie. But in 1985, things were wild. Wanna make a movie about a guy who turns into a wolf and a chick who turns into a bird so that they can never be together? Go for it; we’ll even throw in Matthew Broderick and a score by Alan Parsons.
The Shat Crew’s been waiting a long time to do “Ladyhawke,” but it took listener Jose to stand up, raise his sword high in the air, and dedicate this medieval fantasy in the name of true love. It’s a movie that taught us not to take “Game of Thrones” for granted, a movie that Ash felt needed talking animals, and a movie that made Big D ponder life’s big questions, like “Can a crossbow shoot a hawk in flight?” and “How does a werewolf get his clothes back?”
But most of all, “Ladyhawke” was a movie that bet on Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Alfred Molina being able to bring a wild-ass tale with a funky-ass soundtrack to life. How did they do? Listen and find out. ”
Ladyhawke Quote: ” A beautiful woman with alabaster skin and the eyes of a dove. She travels by night, only by night. Her sun is the moon. And her name is… Isabeau. Find her and you find the wolf. The wolf I want. The wolf who… loves her.” – The Bishop of Aquila
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