Ladyhawke (1985) – Fantasizing About Fantasy Films

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Richard Donner's arguably most famous for the Lethal Weapon series, as well as his work on bringing Superman to the big screen. Long considered one of Hollywood's most consistent directors, with a long list of hits including The Omen, The Goonies, and more, one of Donner's rare box-office misfires, Ladyhawke, has nevertheless gone down as one of his most beloved films.   

In this episode of Fantasizing About Fantasy Films, we take a look at the making of this fantasy adventure, from casting near-misses (Kurt Russell almost played Rutger Hauer's Ladyhawke role), the film's box office performance, enduring legacy, and – yes- that controversial musical score by The Alan Parsons Project. 

And guess what – this isn't our first time paying tribute to Ladyhawke! Check out our Best Movie You Never Saw for a different take below:

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Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.