Ladyhawke is one of my favorite films of all time.  Set in about the mid to late 1400s, maybe even the early 1500s, the movie follows the escape of Philippe the Mouse (Matthew Broderick) from Aquila, a prison in France.  Philippe was imprisoned and sentenced to death for stealing, so he is quite capable of getting in and out of places.  The prison has never experienced an escape prior to this, so it is understandable that the guards would want to recapture him as fast as possible.

But that is when they run into a snag. A man named Navarre, the former captain of the Aquila guard, arrives as soon as the guards capture Philippe. A fight ensues, wherein Navarre catches Philippe and escapes. Since the new captain of the guards hates him, Navarre has no intention of turning Philippe over to him. And he has no intention of handing the young thief over to the new captain’s boss, the bishop of Aquila, who also hates Navarre.

Though Navarre says little, Philippe soon figures out there is something strange about him. The man travels alone except for a hawk, which is his constant companion. He seems to be in love with the animal. And he seems to think that, since Philippe found a way out of Aquila, he can find a way back in.

Philippe, of course, does not want to do this. Going back could mean getting caught and hanged. But Navarre will not take no for an answer, and Philippe soon learns why.

Hate to leave you hanging, but if you have never seen the movie I do not want to spoil it for you. If you have seen the film, then I need go no further in detailing it.

I think one of the most attractive aspects of the film is the character of Philippe. Neither a particularly virtuous nor honest young man, he nevertheless shows he has some sense of right and wrong, a sense which Navarre and his hawk’s plight brings to the forefront of his character. Also, his continual irreverent dialogue with the Almighty during the movie’s run is so much fun to watch!

Of course, another thing that made the film one of my favorites is the music (see the video above)! I am a real sucker for a good tune, no matter where it is from!


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About The Mithril Guardian

I like stories.  Whether they’re on film, in song, or in print, I always remember a good story.  They remind me of paintings.  People cannot see them without learning something.  So it’s a good idea to look at a story from as many angles as possible.  I can watch the same movie a million times and still I will learn something that I did not know before.  Thoughts on the Edge of Forever is where I get to focus on what I learned from stories; what was not obvious the first time, the second time, or the umpteenth time. Earlier posts are written in the form of letters, usually to specific characters, to point out what I saw in a particular story or heard in a piece of music. Some of those letters, though, are like letters to the editor. Why did someone write a story this way and not another? Would the story have turned out better if the writer had done something different? These ‘letters to the editor’ will probably never be answered by the writers - the characters certainly will not answer anything - but their contents are still up for debate. After all, unless you ask a question, you will never get an answer. Still, civil ground rules apply. Any foul language or other form of abuse will not be tolerated in Thoughts on the Edge of Forever. I mean, who wants to be around the guest at the dinner party who is being nasty? Practically nobody, since people go to a party to have fun, not to hang around a grouch. So let’s have fun! The Mithril Guardian
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