History Film / LadyHawke

1st Jul '16 10:59:48 AM Anddrix
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* SoundtrackDissonance: Medieval setting with [[Music/TheAlanParsonsProject Alan Parsons]] ProgressiveRock music. It sounds even more unusual decades later, now that synthesizers have become very dated. Kind of a BaseBreaker.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Medieval setting with [[Music/TheAlanParsonsProject Alan Parsons]] ProgressiveRock music. It sounds even more unusual decades later, now that synthesizers have become very dated. Kind of a BaseBreaker.
27th Jun '16 3:24:38 PM Mdumas43073
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The story takes place in a medieval France setting and starts with a young thief named Philippe the Mouse escaping from an inescapable prison through its sewers. Said prison and the lands around it are controlled by a CorruptChurch led by a Bishop who is none too pleased to hear of Philippe's escape (the prison is supposed to be inescapable, after all). The Bishop sends his soldiers out to kill Philippe, but just as they catch up with him Philippe is rescued by the mysterious Etienne of Navarre, who is accompanied everywhere by his CoolHorse and hawk.

Navarre turns out to have been the former Captain of the Bishop's guards, and he has a score of his own to settle with the Bishop. See, the Bishop was lusting mightily over a young woman named Isabeau, but Navarre and Isabeau fell in love and when it looked like they would escape the Bishop, he cursed them so that by day Navarre would be human and Isabeau a hawk, while by night Isabeau would be human, and Navarre a wolf. As a result, while the two lovers may be together, they are always separated. Now Navarre is looking to get revenge, and to use Philippe's knowledge of the sewers that lead into the Bishop's fortress to his advantage.

The film contains a number of both veteran actors (such as John Wood, Creator/RutgerHauer, and Leo [=McKern=]) and young actors who would go on to become household names (Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/MichellePfeiffer).

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A 1985 fantasy/adventure film directed by Creator/RichardDonner, with a cast featuring both a number of veteran actors (such as John Wood, Creator/RutgerHauer, and Leo [=McKern=]) and young actors who would go on to become household names (Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/MichellePfeiffer).

The story takes place in a medieval France setting and starts with a young thief named Philippe the Mouse (Broderick) escaping from an inescapable prison through its sewers. Said prison and the lands around it are controlled by a CorruptChurch led by a Bishop (Wood) who is none too pleased to hear of Philippe's escape (the prison is supposed to be inescapable, after all). The Bishop sends his soldiers out to kill Philippe, but just as they catch up with him Philippe is rescued by the mysterious Etienne of Navarre, Navarre (Hauer), who is accompanied everywhere by his CoolHorse and hawk.

Navarre turns out to have been the former Captain of the Bishop's guards, and he has a score of his own to settle with the Bishop. See, the Bishop was lusting mightily over a young woman named Isabeau, Isabeau (Pfeiffer), but Navarre and Isabeau fell in love and when it looked like they would escape the Bishop, he cursed them so that by day Navarre would be human and Isabeau a hawk, while by night Isabeau would be human, and Navarre a wolf. As a result, while the two lovers may be together, they are always separated. Now Navarre is looking to get revenge, and to use Philippe's knowledge of the sewers that lead into the Bishop's fortress to his advantage.

The film contains a number of both veteran actors (such as John Wood, Creator/RutgerHauer, and Leo [=McKern=]) and young actors who would go on to become household names (Creator/MatthewBroderick and Creator/MichellePfeiffer).
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27th Jun '16 3:21:07 PM Mdumas43073
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23rd Jun '16 2:12:14 PM margdean56
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The story takes place in a medieval France setting and starts with a young thief named Phillippe the Mouse escaping from an inescapable prison through its sewers. Said prison and the lands around it are controlled by a CorruptChurch led by a Bishop who is none too pleased to hear of Phillipe's escape (the prison is supposed to be inescapable, after all). The Bishop sends his soldiers out to kill Phillipe, but just as they catch up with him Phillippe is rescued by the mysterious Etienne of Navarre, who is accompanied everywhere by his CoolHorse and hawk.

Navarre turns out to have been the former Captain of the Bishop's guards, and he has a score of his own to settle with the Bishop. See, the Bishop was lusting mightily over a young woman named Isabeau, but Navarre and Isabeau fell in love and when it looked like they would escape the Bishop, he cursed them so that by day Navarre would be human and Isabeau a hawk, while by night Isabeau would be human, and Navarre a wolf. As a result, while the two lovers may be together, they are always separated. Now Navarre is looking to get revenge, and to use Phillippe's knowledge of the sewers that lead into the Bishop's fortress to his advantage.

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The story takes place in a medieval France setting and starts with a young thief named Phillippe Philippe the Mouse escaping from an inescapable prison through its sewers. Said prison and the lands around it are controlled by a CorruptChurch led by a Bishop who is none too pleased to hear of Phillipe's Philippe's escape (the prison is supposed to be inescapable, after all). The Bishop sends his soldiers out to kill Phillipe, Philippe, but just as they catch up with him Phillippe Philippe is rescued by the mysterious Etienne of Navarre, who is accompanied everywhere by his CoolHorse and hawk.

Navarre turns out to have been the former Captain of the Bishop's guards, and he has a score of his own to settle with the Bishop. See, the Bishop was lusting mightily over a young woman named Isabeau, but Navarre and Isabeau fell in love and when it looked like they would escape the Bishop, he cursed them so that by day Navarre would be human and Isabeau a hawk, while by night Isabeau would be human, and Navarre a wolf. As a result, while the two lovers may be together, they are always separated. Now Navarre is looking to get revenge, and to use Phillippe's Philippe's knowledge of the sewers that lead into the Bishop's fortress to his advantage.



* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Phillipe climbs through it to get in and out.
* ActionSurvivor: Phillipe escapes from prison and then runs from the Bishop's guards. He'd like to get away clean but he has to help the leading man and lady.
* TheAlcatraz: The prison Phillipe was sent to. It's supposed to be inescapable you know.

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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Phillipe Philippe climbs through it to get in and out.
** ...though it's a ''very'' tight squeeze, even for a skinny teenager!
* ActionSurvivor: Phillipe Philippe escapes from prison and then runs from the Bishop's guards. He'd like to get away clean but he has to help the leading man and lady.
* TheAlcatraz: The prison Phillipe Philippe was sent to. It's supposed to be inescapable you know.



* ArtisticLicenseReligion: A minor one that just requires a HandWave to fix -- Imperius is described as a monk. A monk has not taken Holy Orders and thus cannot take confessions -- he would need to be a priest to be able to hear confession and give absolution. (It is possible to be both a monk and a priest but you would be more likely to refer to yourself as a priest in the same way that someone with credentials as both a paralegal and a lawyer would probably not mention the paralegal part). The handwave: Imperius may have been a priest in the backstory then renounced his priestly vows [[spoiler:after his crime of betraying secrets of the confessional - which he ''thought'' he did while drunk. He did not - Marquet did.]].
* TheAtoner: Imperius, the monk who helps Navarre and Isabeau. [[spoiler:He feels at responsible for their curse because he accidentally revealed their love to the Bishop.]]

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: A minor one that just requires a HandWave to fix -- Imperius is described as a monk. A monk has not taken Holy Orders and thus cannot take confessions -- he would need to be a priest to be able to hear confession and give absolution. (It is possible to be both a monk and a priest but you would be more likely to refer to yourself as a priest in the same way that someone with credentials as both a paralegal and a lawyer would probably not mention the paralegal part). The handwave: Imperius may have been a priest in the backstory then renounced his priestly vows [[spoiler:after his crime of betraying secrets of the confessional - -- which he ''thought'' he did while drunk. He did not - -- Marquet did.]].
* TheAtoner: Imperius, the monk who helps Navarre and Isabeau. [[spoiler:He feels at responsible for their curse because he accidentally revealed their love to the Bishop.]]



* BadassPreacher: Imperius is technically a ''monk'', not a priest, but he's still a formitable man of God.

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* BadassPreacher: Imperius is technically a ''monk'', not a priest, but he's still a formitable formidable man of God.



* CassandraTruth: Nobody believes Phillipe, admittedly with reason.

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* CassandraTruth: Nobody believes Phillipe, Philippe, admittedly with reason.



'''Phillipe:''' I should have known better. Every moment of happiness in my life has come from lying.

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'''Phillipe:''' '''Philippe:''' I should have known better. Every moment of happiness in my life has come from lying.



---> '''Phillipe:''' I told the truth, Lord! How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me this way?
** At the end of Phillipe's and Isabeau's near-capture at the monastery:

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---> '''Phillipe:''' '''Philippe:''' I told the truth, Lord! How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me this way?
** At the end of Phillipe's Philippe's and Isabeau's near-capture at the monastery:



'''Phillipe''': She flew away.\\

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'''Phillipe''': '''Philippe''': She flew away.\\



'''Phillipe''': God's truth, she flew away!\\

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'''Phillipe''': '''Philippe''': God's truth, she flew away!\\



'''Phillipe''': (beat)... It pays to tell the truth, Lord. Thank you. I see that now.
* ChekhovsSkill: Navarre scared Phillepe into helping him by throwing his sword like a spear into a tree. [[spoiler:He uses the skill again to kill the Bishop when he was about to kill Isabeau in his breakdown]].

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'''Phillipe''': '''Philippe''': (beat)... It pays to tell the truth, Lord. Thank you. I see that now.
* ChekhovsSkill: Navarre scared Phillepe Philippe into helping him by throwing his sword like a spear into a tree. [[spoiler:He uses the skill again to kill the Bishop when he was about to kill Isabeau in his breakdown]].



** Really, it's only the Bishop and [[TheDragon Marquet]] who are corrupt but they have the authority to pervert the Church's influence in the region.

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** Really, it's only the Bishop and [[TheDragon Marquet]] who are corrupt corrupt, but they have the authority to pervert the Church's influence in the region.



* DeadpanSnarker: Phillipe.
-->'''Phillipe:''' ''(to Imperius)'' When you kneel before the altar, how do you get up again?

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* DeadpanSnarker: Phillipe.
-->'''Phillipe:'''
Philippe.
-->'''Philippe:'''
''(to Imperius)'' When you kneel before the altar, how do you get up again?



* [[VillainExitStageLeft Hero Exit Stage Left]]: An inversion of the normal trope. [[spoiler: After the curse is broken, Imperious and Mouse try to exit quietly without being seen. Navarre doesn't let them.]]

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* [[VillainExitStageLeft Hero Exit Stage Left]]: An inversion of the normal trope. [[spoiler: After the curse is broken, Imperious Imperius and Mouse try to exit quietly without being seen. Navarre doesn't let them.]]



-->'''Phillipe''': I believe he was heading south, toward Aquila.\\

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-->'''Phillipe''': -->'''Philippe''': I believe he was heading south, toward Aquila.\\



'''Phillipe''': It's impolite to assume someone is a liar when you've only just met them!\\

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'''Phillipe''': '''Philippe''': It's impolite to assume someone is a liar when you've only just met them!\\



* ImprovisedWeapon: In addition to [[SwordFight swords]], weapons used include a bunch of horseshoes, an iron bar, rocks, the opponent's helmet, and a huge candelabra.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: In addition to [[SwordFight swords]], weapons used include a bunch of horseshoes, an iron bar, rocks, the opponent's helmet, and a huge candelabra.candelabrum.



* IronicEcho: When Isabeau runs off towards danger, Phillipe mutters "He's going to kill me!" referring to Navarre. When Phillipe talks Isabeau into releasing him from where Navarre tied him up, she says the same thing.
* IWillFindYou: Etienne Navarre: "And know this - if you fail, I will follow you the length of my days. And I ''will'' find you."

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* IronicEcho: When Isabeau runs off towards danger, Phillipe Philippe mutters "He's going to kill me!" referring to Navarre. When Phillipe Philippe talks Isabeau into releasing him from where Navarre tied him up, she says the same thing.
* IWillFindYou: Etienne Navarre: "And know this - -- if you fail, I will follow you the length of my days. And I ''will'' find you."



* KnightInShiningArmor: Navarre has this down to the timeperiod; a heroic and pious man who uses a sword to fight evil.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Phillipe regularly directly addresses God (but effectively the audience) as his personal confidante. None of the other characters notice, but he does go out of his way to put distance between himself and the other characters before talking to the camera.
--> '''Phillippe (to Navarre):''' No offense, sir, but I talk to God all the time, and He never mentioned you.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Navarre has this down to the timeperiod; time period; a heroic and pious man who uses a sword to fight evil.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Phillipe Philippe regularly directly addresses God (but effectively the audience) as his personal confidante.confidant. None of the other characters notice, but he does go out of his way to put distance between himself and the other characters before talking to the camera.
--> '''Phillippe '''Philippe (to Navarre):''' No offense, sir, but I talk to God all the time, and He never mentioned you.



-->'''Imperius:''' Remember-\\

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-->'''Imperius:''' Remember-\\Remember--\\



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Watch the priests in the background react in horror to when the Bishop is killed, and start praying effusively to God.

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Watch the priests in the background react in horror to when the Bishop is killed, and start praying effusively to God.



* MisplacedWildlife: Isabeau's hawk form is a red tailed hawk, which are not native to France. Could be handwaved, seeing as the curse was spat up by Hell itself.

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* MisplacedWildlife: Isabeau's hawk form is a red tailed red-tailed hawk, which are not native to France. Could be handwaved, seeing as the curse was spat up by Hell itself.



** Though it saved Navarre, the only reason Isabeau was shot was because Phillipe threw a rock at the guard, causing him to accidentally fire into the air.
** Phillipe wrecks his own escape from prison by ''bragging'' about it in a local town. If he had kept his mouth shut til he was ''far'' away in another country, he might have gotten away effortlessly.

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** Though it saved Navarre, the only reason Isabeau was shot was because Phillipe Philippe threw a rock at the guard, causing him to accidentally fire into the air.
** Phillipe Philippe wrecks his own escape from prison by ''bragging'' about it in a local town. If he had kept his mouth shut til he was ''far'' away in another country, he might have gotten away effortlessly.



* NotWhatItLooksLike: A weird variation. When Phillippe stretches and yawns, the hawk lands on ''his'' arm, not Navarre's. The former is embarrassed and the latter is in shock.

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* NotWhatItLooksLike: A weird variation. When Phillippe Philippe stretches and yawns, the hawk lands on ''his'' arm, not Navarre's. The former is embarrassed and the latter is in shock.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Matthew Broderick does an alright job for the first 15 minutes, then we're basically watching Ferris Bueller swanning about Medieval France.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Matthew Broderick does an alright all-right job for the first 15 minutes, then we're basically watching Ferris Bueller swanning about Medieval France.



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Imperius didn't betray the lovers. Marquet did - to replace Navarre as the Captain of the Guard.]]

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Imperius didn't betray the lovers. Marquet did - -- to replace Navarre as the Captain of the Guard.]]



* SupportingProtagonist: Phillippe may be the protagonist, but the story centers around Navarre and Isabeau.

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* SupportingProtagonist: Phillippe Philippe may be the protagonist, but the story centers around Navarre and Isabeau.



* TitleDrop: Phillipe dubs Isabeau's animal form the "lady hawk". Navarre is amused by this sobriquet.

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* TitleDrop: Phillipe Philippe dubs Isabeau's animal form the "lady hawk". Navarre is amused by this sobriquet.
21st Jun '16 10:35:14 AM hullflyer
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* MagicPants: There seems to be little consistency as to whether or not clothes transform. Both are naked on resuming to human form so it could be argued that there is just no need to see an empty dress falling off a little hawk.

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* MagicPants: There seems to be little consistency as to whether or not clothes transform. Both are naked on upon resuming to human form form, so it could be argued that there is just no need to see an empty dress falling off a little hawk.
28th Apr '16 2:13:01 PM TheWizardAbs
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* MisplacedWildlife: Isabeau's hawk form is a red tailed hawk, which are not native to France. Could be handwaved, seeing as the curse was spat up by Hell itself.
15th Feb '16 10:56:55 PM AnotherGuy
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** Phillippe wrecks his own escape from prison by ''bragging'' about it in a local town. If he had kept his mouth shut til he was ''far'' away in another country, he might have gotten away effortlessly.

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** Phillippe Phillipe wrecks his own escape from prison by ''bragging'' about it in a local town. If he had kept his mouth shut til he was ''far'' away in another country, he might have gotten away effortlessly.
15th Feb '16 10:56:36 PM AnotherGuy
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Though it saved Navarre, the only reason Isabeau was shot was because Phillipe threw a rock at the guard, causing him to accidentally fire into the air.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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Though it saved Navarre, the only reason Isabeau was shot was because Phillipe threw a rock at the guard, causing him to accidentally fire into the air.air.
** Phillippe wrecks his own escape from prison by ''bragging'' about it in a local town. If he had kept his mouth shut til he was ''far'' away in another country, he might have gotten away effortlessly.
15th Feb '16 10:55:07 PM AnotherGuy
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* NotWhatItLooksLike: A weird variation. When Phillippe stretches and yawns, the hawk lands on ''his'' arm, not Navarre's. The former is embarrassed and the latter is in shock.
15th Feb '16 10:49:43 PM AnotherGuy
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* HellBentForLeather: Navarre. Nearly every seen with him in human form, his leather crackles ''loudly''.

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* HellBentForLeather: Navarre. Nearly every seen scene with him in human form, his leather crackles ''loudly''.
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