Main Cast :
Rutger Hauer - Wulfgar
Sylvester Stallone - Deke DaSilva
Billy Dee Williams - Matthew Fox
Lindsay Wagner - Irene
Persis Khambatta - Shakka
Nigel Davenport - Peter Hartman
Hilary Thompson - Pam
Joe Spinell - Lieutenant Munafo
Screenplay: David Shaber
Plot: Wulfgar is one of the most dangerous terrorists in Europe and suddenly he decides to choose New York City as his next target. He undergoes plastic surgery and therefore nobody knows how he looks now.
A British detective, Hartman, expert in terrorism, reaches New York upon request from the NYPD and the FBI in order to set up a special squad to stop Wulfgar before he gets into action.
Deke and his partner Matthew are two undercover cops who must stop him before he strikes again.
A cat-and-mouse game begins, and Wulfgar succeeds in taking as hostages some UNO members and their families.
Until the final confrontation, when Wulfgar even tries to kill DaSilva's former wife. Notes: Rutger, before accepting to play Wulfgar's character, found himself faced with a choice. He had been offered to act in "The Sphinx", which was - contrary to "Nighthawks" - a big production, made by a major studio, and they were also offering him twice the salary he got for "Nighthawks", in addition to a well-known director to work with.
But he chose Wulfgar's role.
Rutger always thought that with "Nighthawks" they missed a good opportunity - according to him, the issue of international terrorism could have been handled more accurately. Instead, “We had only to play tags - the written story was much more dangerous”.
Originally the script was based on a real character - the international terrorist Carlos.