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Nighthawks1978

  • 3.2
When it was released in 1978, NIGHTHAWKS was billed as the first film from the United Kingdom to deal with gay life in a positive light. Viewed almost thirty years later it is a time capsule from a time that does not seem all that different from today. Jim, a seemingly average teacher in a comprehensive school, lives the classic double life: nights in the gay bars and discos, days in school, and in the closet. With each new acquaintance the same tensions arise, does he venture beyond his current life style, who does he tell the truth to, and is there anything more to gay life than the one night stand? His worlds collide when he’s confronted by his students. Asked if he is "bent" Jim does not retreat to the closet but gives the boys a resounding lesson in tolerance that still reverberates today.

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Fine document of a time when being out was difficult. The longing for connection with another is powerfully portrayed. The film is well crafted.

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I THOUGHT THIS MOVIE WASQUITE NICE. THE SAD PART WAS THAT THE GUYS WERE KIND OF LONELY. THEY'D HAVE THESE RANDOM HOOK UPS WHICH LEFT THEM STILL ALONE. THERE WERE NO LOVE CONNECTIONS. THE GUYS WERE LEFT WITH STILL LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT CLICK. THE ACTING WAS GOOD ESPECIALLY WITH THE DIALOUGE WITH HIS STUDENTS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS ABOUT THE GAY LIFESTYLE

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Fine document of a time when being out was difficult. The longing for connection with another is powerfully portrayed. The film is well crafted.

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Authentic and real. A breakthrough film of its time; I wish I had seen it then. Looking for human connection in a capitalist, religious, empire society with multiple centrifugal forces which make human connection so difficult ANYWAY, especially for same-sexers.

Nighthawks is a relief from the sanity-challenging shallowness and banality of most hollywood gay incorporated films of 2015. Yes the guys seemed lonely They were. Yes the music was irritating, it was. But the gaybar music is even more irritating now. There was actually a SLOW SONG in the film; try that today. But were we all really THAT skinny? lol And what a pleasant relief from all the OC gymratbodies, bor-ing. Those fleeting intimacies and connections in conversations are true-on.

Great scenes include Jim's coming out to his fellow teacher (whose life with husband and kids also sounds lonely). And dig the morning-after OC scene with the fastidious American banker who carefully returns the wall-mounted bed and decor back to picture-perfect. "Do you have to do that every day?" Jim asks. The classroom commotion scenes are a good set-up to the raucous questions Jim is asked by his students after "the RUMOR" has made the rounds. Quite a good scene. Also catch the c/u scenes featuring Jim's eyes. It doesn't hurt that the actor Ken Robertson, who plays Jim, is easy on the eyes and reminds of the young Bruce Springsteen or Al Pacino ;)

A beautiful, empathetic portrait of gay loneliness and how the attitude of the gay bar scene upholds it.

I liked this a lot. Very realistic and not sugar coated. Accurate depiction of how it was (is) at the young man bar scene. Not a lot of sex but that is not the point of this

well made film.

It was nice movie the music was a bit irritating a nice slice of the period

this movie seemed long and drawn out. Not a faorite