Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him…

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.8/10 (19,134 voted)

Richard Donner

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer

Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop's men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after. Navarre and Isabeau have a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day. Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop.

Writers: Edward Khmara, Edward Khmara


Matthew Broderick

Phillipe Gaston

Rutger Hauer

Captain Etienne Navarre

Michelle Pfeiffer

Isabeau d'Anjou

Leo McKern

Father Imperius the Monk

John Wood

Bishop of Aquila

Ken Hutchison


Alfred Molina


Giancarlo Prete


Loris Loddi


Alessandro Serra

Mr. Pitou

Charles Borromel

Insane Prisoner

Massimo Sarchielli


Nicolina Papetti

Mrs. Pitou

Russel Case


(as Russell Kase)

Donald Hodson

Guard on Cart

(as Don Hudson)

CURSED FOR ETERNITY…No force in Heaven will release them. No power on Earth can save them. [UK Theatrical]

Release Date: 12 April 1985

Filming Locations: Campo Imperatore, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000


Opening Weekend: $3,450,536
(12 April 1985)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $18,432,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Richard Donner originally wanted to cast Rutger Hauer as the evil captain of the guard while casting a younger actor, Kurt Russell, as Navarre. Hauer wasn't interested in that role, but expressed interest in playing Navarre. When Russell dropped out a few days before principal photography began, the part was handed to Hauer.


Crew or equipment visible:
Bubbles from the divers can be seen as Phillipe escapes from the sewer.


[first lines]

Impossible. Impossible. Nothing is impossible. Come on, Mouse. Dig! Dig, Mouse. Come on.

User Review

One of my favorites of all time.


I am not a person who takes the word "favorite" lightly. This is a beautiful
movie! It is funny, full of action and Romantic (yes, with a capital 'R'.)

I saw this movie the first time when I was eleven, back in '86. It then took
about four years before I saw it again, but I never forgot the feeling it
left me with: This is heart-wrenching romance. I only recently bought the
video. For some reason I have been unable to track it down sooner. Anyway, I
pulled the video tape out of the box and, with mixed feelings, I slid it
into the video. Would it be the same? Would it still move me? (Would the
music still suck? *grin*) YES!!! It WAS the same! It DID move me! And: NO!
The music felt strangely "right."

Yes, I would like to see this movie with a classical score, just to find
out… But the "awfulness" of the score (btw, it's not bad all the way) only
furthered the porcelain beauty of the visuals (watch the scene with the hawk
flying over a still lake — it's wings dipping into the water — I get
goosebumps), and the pure genius of the characters and dialogue.

Now, the main actors/actress:

Rutger Hauer: This, along with Blade Runner, is your finest work ever! Mr.
Hauer delivers a top-notch performance as the brooding, cursed one-man army
called Navarre.

Matthew Broderick: This WAS your finest hour. Yes, Mr. Broderick has given
us suspense and laughter after Ladyhawke, but nowhere near his performance
as Phillipe.

Michelle Pfeiffer: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the most
beautiful woman in the world? I do not mean "perfect", because that would be
predictable. No, Mrs. Pfeiffer (Kelley?)is simply beautiful in an ancient
sense. She is sprung out of a myriad of romance stories. There couldn't have
been a better choice for this part. That innocence, that beauty. Isabeau
comes to life in the incredible acting. Too little screen time makes you
appreciate it even MORE when she enters the plot.

The rest of the cast is too good to be true. John Wood's Bishop, who only
comes to "life" after he realises what is about to happen in the end. Before
that he is only a shell of a man. And a big BRAVO! and a huge round of
applause for the wonderful performance of Leo McKern as the massive,
drunkard priest Imperius. Also watch for Alfred Molina in an, even for him,
nasty role as the hunter Cezàr which he pulls off with his usual finesse.
Bravo Mr. Molina.

Finishing up, I would like to mention, in brief, the equestrianship. It is
wonderful. I know only a little about horses, but I know that those used in
the movie are not
your average show jumping ponies. *grin* The riders are incredible. I have
not yet seen riding of that kind. They make it look effortless. They are one
with the horse.

The comment to tip the scale (which is already tipped almost over to
"What-are-you-nuts?-Haven't-you-already-seen-this?": ALL of it is made
without computers!!!

Happy viewing!