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,"
Needless to say, I was excited beyond words to actually receive mail from Ed and I told him I would update my information!
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.
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.
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
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|
|Cast (in credits order)
verified as complete
|Rutger Hauer||Etienne Navarre|
|John Wood (I)||Bishop|
|Alessandro Serra||Mr. Pitou|
|Charles Borromel||Insane Prisoner|
|Nicolina Papetti||Mrs. Pitou|
|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|
|Venantino Venantini||Bishop's Secretary|
|Valerie O'Brian||Peasant Girl|
|Nana Cecchi||Bishop's Woman|
|rest of cast listed alphabetically|
|Written by (in credits order):|
|Edward Khmara (story)|
|Michael Thomas (III)|
|Cinematography by:||Vittorio Storaro|
|Music by:||Andrew Powell|
|Costume Design:||Nana Cecchi|
|Film Editing:||Stuart Baird|
|Giovanni Lovatelli||production runner|
|Giovanni Natalucci||art director|
|Alan Parsons||music score producer|
|Enzo Sisti||production accountant|
|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|
|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!