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Nighthawks (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama | November 1978 (USA)
A homosexual man is forced to hide his sexuality by day while living his secret life by night.

Director:

Ron Peck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Robertson Ken Robertson ... Jim
Tony Westrope Tony Westrope ... Mike
Rachel Nicholas James Rachel Nicholas James ... Judy
Maureen Dolan Maureen Dolan ... Pat
Stuart Turton Stuart Turton ... Neal (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Clive Peters Clive Peters ... Peter
Robert Merrick Robert Merrick ... John
Frank Dilbert Frank Dilbert ... American
Peter Radmall Peter Radmall ... Artist
Ernest Brightmore Ernest Brightmore ... Headmaster
John Angel John Angel ... (as Jon Angel)
Norman Bateson Norman Bateson
Phillip Beckett Phillip Beckett
Derek Chandler Derek Chandler
John Cooper John Cooper
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Storyline

Jim (Ken Robertson), a London teacher by day who spends his evenings cruising bars and discos, on the lookout for men from different backgrounds and places and trying to connect with them whether for sex, attempts at a relationship or friendship. He attempts to keep his life compartmentalised, his 'Gay encounters' and his 'friendships with school colleagues', something that seems a necessity working with school children, but can the status quo can't remain forever. Written by Steven Bain

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeg kan godt li' mænd See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Features a few scenes of clear full male frontal nudity, which was exceedingly daring and unusual for the late 1970s. See more »

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This film was made possible by a number of individuals and organisations. See more »

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Soundtracks

Queen of the Clouds
Lyrics by Stuart Turton (as Stuart Craig Turton)
Sung by Jean Gilbert
Recording engineer Gwyn Mathias
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a film for now as much as forty years ago
12 September 2014 | by robertknight2003See all my reviews

This extraordinary film was made in 1978 - almost forty years ago. The Sexual Offences Act in Britain had come into effect in 1967 decriminalizing sexual acts between two men in private at the age of 21.

Clearly, seven years on from then, a huge liberation had occurred, but homosexuality was still hampered by amazing ignorance and intolerance in general British society. There was still the fear of being branded 'queer' or 'bent', and becoming bereft of a livelihood and an income, and viewed as repugnant by family and those around where you lived.

This film cannot be valued enough. It's breathtaking in its lack of polemic. It's just about gay men getting on with their lives in their particular period. What's so interesting is that their sad search for love then is no different to the search now.


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