Ladyhawke fans have got to check out this Ladyhawke Motorcycle! This has to be one of the coolest Ladyhawke items I have ever seen. I hope some devoted fan picks this up!
NEW!
Thanks to Keren Bizer for providing us all with a hand typed copy of the transcript.

I would like to take a second to thank Anne and Megan for some of the new images.

Q:What kind of horse is Goliath?
A:Goliath is a Friesian Stallion named Othello. I was recently informed that Othello has passed away. Sites with information on this breed:Gwen's Friesian Horse list, Friesian Horse Society and the Friesian Horse Association of North America

Q:Is the story is based on an actual legend? I passed this question on to the Ladyhawke Fan Club who had this to say:
A:Ed Khmara, the author of the screenplay, researched many aspects of medieval life for the script, up to and including an actual eclipse. When the studio began publicity for the film, they started the tale that the script was based on an actual medieval tale. Khmara sued and won. So, strictly speaking, no, it's not based on a particular story, just good research. (info from a conversation with Ed Khmara and his agent in 1985.)*(see below)

I actually recieved email from Ed and he is what he had to say:

"Hello. Poking around the Internet, it was fun to find a page devoted to Ladyhawke. You've created a lovely page. However, I'd like to correct a couple of slight errors. While the original script was not based on a myth, I did not research eclipses during the writing of the screenplay. The original screenplay used a different dramatic device, and did not feature an eclipse. Also, I did not sue about the issue. I took it up with the Writer's Guild. Warner's paid a small fine and promised to discontinue making the "old myth" claim in their advertising.

It's great to see that somebody remembers that old movie!

All the best,"
Edward Khmara

Needless to say, I was excited beyond words to actually receive mail from Ed and I told him I would update my information!

The Weapons
Another of the emails I received asked about Navarre's weapons. Here is the answer from Pat and Terry. "We" and "us" refer to Pat and Terry.

The sword of Navarre was made for the movie. It is a style a generation older than the date of the movie (which is 1239. We* dated this from the eclipse in the film, which was confirmed in a conversation with Ed Khmara, the author of the original screen play).

We have not seen the original sword, which was on display at the Worldcon in Anaheim in 1984.

Our guess is that the stone is carved with the arms of the family of Navarre.

The sword, and the short sword, the dagger, and the crossbow were, and perhaps still are, on the wall above the fireplace in Richard Donner's family room. we were told this by a friend of his, Jeff Walker, who was fan liaison for Warner Brothers, and Amblin entertainment.

More notes from a fan and French teacher regarding the timeframe of the movie:

CÚzar says that "since the plague there are more wolves than men." The plague was over in 1348, so I question your setting the movie in 1239. Just a small detail, but since the writer did not research eclipses, 1239 is not accurate.

The plague is certainly a well documented historical fact and if they are refering to THE plague a valid point! Thanks to C for letting me use this bit on the page. C uses this movie as an example of life in France in the late Middle Ages.

Quotes from LadyHawke

About the Film

In the film, Rutger Hauer plays Navarre a former Captain of the Guard who, along with Isabeau is cursed and exiled by the obessed Bishop. The Bishop's devil-pact curse dooms the lovers to be together forever but forever apart. During the day Navarre walks in the form of a man while Isabeau is transformed into a hawk while at night Isabeau returns to her human shape and Navarre takes the form of a great wolf.

The movie picks up as Navarre is planning his return to Aquila to slay the Bishop. On his way he rescues young Phillipe the 'Mouse' (played by Matthew Broderick) who is on the run from the Bishop and his men after his escape from the 'unescapable dungeon' Aquila. Navarre and the Mouse form and uneasy alliance as Navarre plans to use Phillipe to assist him in returning to the city.

The most heart wrenching scene in the movie comes as dawn is breaking and Isabeau and the wolf form Navarre lie together. The daylight begins to spill over them and Navarre begins his transformation to man and for a brief instant they look upon each other as man and woman. The moment is fleeting and as they reach out to each other Isabeau transformation completes. Navarre's agonized scream echoes through the empty valley as he watches her fly away. If you want the full story you should rent the movie.

Produced by: 20th Century Fox
Runtime: Germany:121 / USA:121
Sound Mix: Dolby
Directed by
Richard Donner

Cast (in credits order)
verified as complete
Matthew Broderick Phillipe
Rutger Hauer Etienne Navarre
Michelle Pfeiffer Isabeau
Leo McKern Imperius
John Wood (I) Bishop
Ken Hutchison Marquet
Alfred Molina Cezar
Giancarlo Prete Fornac
Loris Loddi Jehan
Alessandro Serra Mr. Pitou
Charles Borromel Insane Prisoner
Massimo Sarchielli Innkeeper
Nicolina Papetti Mrs. Pitou
Russell Kase Lieutenant
Don Hudson Guard on Cart
Gregory Snegoff Cart Driver
Gaetano Russo Guard in the Cell
Rod Dana Guard at the City Gate
Stefano Horowitzo Bishop's Bodyguard
Paul Tuerpe Guard
Venantino Venantini Bishop's Secretary
Marcus Berensford Acolyte
Valerie O'Brian Peasant Girl
Nana Cecchi Bishop's Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Elettra Baldassarri
Jurgen Morhofer
Written by (in credits order):
Edward Khmara (story)
Edward Khmara
Michael Thomas (III)
Tom Mankiewicz
Cinematography by: Vittorio Storaro
Music by: Andrew Powell
Production Design:
Ken Court
Wolf Kroeger
Costume Design: Nana Cecchi
Film Editing: Stuart Baird
Produced by:
Richard Donner
Lauren Shuler-Donner
Other Crew:
Giovanni Lovatelli production runner
Tom Mankiewicz consultant
Giovanni Natalucci art director
Alan Parsons music score producer
Enzo Sisti production accountant
Filming Locations:
Rocca di Calascio, Calascio, Aquila, Italy
Castel Soncino, Cremona, Italy
Misurina, Dolimiti, Italy
Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso, Italy
Torre Chiara, Parma, Italy
Castel Arcuato, Piacenza, Italy
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Catacombe, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Pictures from the novelization "Ladyhawke" by Joan D. Vinge.

Notes:
Ladyhawk was recently featured in the movie Conspiracy Theory (1997)
Imperious the monk, played by veteran British actor Leo McKern, is best known to most audiences as Rumpole of the Baily often seen on the PBS Mystery! Series.

I would like to thank Rethea Deetlefs for providing the Rutger Hauer pictures, Ms. Snell for the Michelle Pfeiffer pictures and Agnieszka Fuličska for the 'I am sorrow' quote.

Here is the address for the fanzine distributors:
Jim & Melody Rondeau
1853 Fallbrook Ave
San Jose CA 95130

I am told they do not have email but they might have back copies of the Ladyhawke fanzine!

Here is most the information I have been able to gather about the movie Ladyhawke. If you have any gifs, jpegs or general information please let me know!


The beautiful background was made for me by Cindy. My deepest thanks goes to her for this lovely piece of art.