Pretty good by 1979 standards and if you're a Nick Mancuso fan as am I.
I rented this movie because the Martin Cruz Smith book had recently come myway and I found it quite good. The movie is not unfaithful to the book,though it does suffer in comparison in the strength of thecharacterizations- in the book we learn why Youngman Duran, Mancuso's character, is sotortured which, of course, makes his ordeal much more significant andmeaningful. I'm writing mainly to defend David Warner whom anotherreviewercharacterized as as "bad actor". Warner is a terrific character actor whocan presently be heard doing a rich villiany voice on the Saturday morning"Men in Black" cartoon (which is better than the movie, in my opinion). Itseems Americans have trouble with classically trained English actors whosediction and style may seem too broad if your only frame of reference isBradPitt. Recently went to "Peeping Tom" and sat next to a group of teenagerswho laughed all the way through, completely oblivious to the historicalcontext of the film and its quality. So "Nightwing" is pretty good - goodcharacter acting (also love Strother Martin), lovely cinematography, niceMancini score. Blood and gore special effects quite restrained a la 1979technology, so if that's your thing this isn't your movie.