Monday, November 18, 2013

Old Movie Review: Ladyhawke

Movie: Ladyhawke
Genre: Fantasy/Drama
Year: 1985
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer
Rating: PG 13
My Rating: Two thumbs up

This is one of my all time favorite movies and since we re-watched it again the other night, I thought I'd tell you about it, just in case you have never seen it. (And I'm surprised at the people who haven't! Are you one of them?)

The movie is about a kid, Philippe,  who escapes from a prison (somewhere in France I think during medieval times) and then comes upon a guy (the ex caption of the guard) who helps him and takes him into his protection. That's because he, the captain, wants to have Philippe help him get back into this city. So he has some pretty big ulterior motives for helping. He travels with a beautiful hawk as his companion, and as the movie unfolds, we come to learn that there are some magical forces and spooky things going on with that hawk.

I love this movie for so many different reasons. Let me list:

** Matthew Broderick is amazing. So many funny and quotable lines delivered flawlessly. He is perfect for this part.

** It's one of the most romantic movies ever! EVER I tell you!

** The cinematography is stunning, even now that it could be considered an "old" movie, it's still so very beautiful.

** The music, done by The Alan Parson's Project, is awesome. But the soundtrack seems to be unattainable, which makes me crazy. (But wait, look! I just found the whole thing on YouTube!) But here's the main theme for you to listen to right now:

** The story is simple, but perfect. It's a classic fairy tale sort of story, one you will never tire of. I love it. I love it so so much!

If you've never seen it, what are you waiting for?

Here's the trailer, complete with corny narration and everything! :)


  1. I used to love this movie as well! Even have the movie tie-in book! Loved Matthew Broderick in it.

  2. I love this movie too. I watched it alot as a kid because my mom loved it :)

    1. Julie: I think I watch it at least once a year.

  3. I love this movie! It's one of my favorites. It was one of my mom's favorites too. So, for her birthday this year as a remembrance to her, my dad and I watched it and missed her. It was fun, though.

    1. Oh, PS, did you know that Rutger Hauer's character, Navarre's first name is Etienne? I smiled when I found that out. I asked Stephanie Perkins on Twitter if that's where she got St. Claire's name, but she said he's never seen LadyHawke.

    2. Jenni: My kids will be watching it to remember me too. And yes, I knew his name, but didn't think of St. Claire! What I should have done was heard St. Clarie's name and thought of Capt. Navarre!

  4. I remember seeing this movie way back when and loving it! Really should watch it again sometime, as I love stories like this!

  5. I LOVED this movie growing up!

  6. OH MAN!!! I love this movie! It reminds me of my family... imagine that!!!! The best part... the music! I get it anytime I see at the library. I think at one point in time it was even on Netflix.

  7. I loved this movie when I was young! I need to re-watch it soon.



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