Greene Screene: Nighthawks

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Nighthawks feels like the fulcrum point in Sly Stallone’s career. The movie arrived after Rocky II, but a year before First Blood, when the landscape of Stallone’s future career was murky.

Here, Stallone does his best Serpico impression from a French Connection 3 script that Gene Hackman smartly passed on. Except, instead of mirroring those two cops, Stallone is a cop who actually wants to go by the book to take…