Ladyhawke (1985): Donner’s Medieval Tale Starring Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed by Richard Donner, Ladyhawke is set in medieval France, where an evil-bishop (John Wood) has cast a spell on two lovers: knight Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer) and lady fair Isabeau (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Through the auspices of bishop’s elderly confessor, the priest Imperius (Leo McKern), the lovers are placed under a curse. During the night, Hauer takes the form of a wolf, while Pfeiffer assumes the form of a hawk by day. The two can only meet one another as humans at dawn and at dusk.

The only mortal human to rescue the couple from their fate is pickpocket Phillipe Gaston (Matthew Broderick), who acts as liaison between them.  With the help of the guilt-ridden Imperius, Gaston sets things right.


Oscar Nominations: 2

Sound: Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern Poore, Bud Alper

Sound Effects Editing: Bob Henderson and Alan Murray


Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The Sound Oscar went to Out of Africa.  Back to the Future won the Sound Effects Editing Oscar.



Running time: 121 minutes

Directed by Richard Donner

In Theaters: Apr 12, 1985 Wide

On DVD: Oct 30, 1997