Hudson Hawk (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  24 May 1991 (USA)
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A cat burglar is forced to steal Da Vinci works of art for a world domination plot.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Burton ...
Kit Kat
Almond Joy
Burtt Harris ...
Carmine Zozzora ...
Antony Mario (as Carmine Zozorra)
Stefano Molinari ...
Leonardo da Vinci (as Stephano Molinari)


Eddie Hawkins, called Hudson Hawk has just been released from ten years of prison and is planning to spend the rest of his life honestly. But then the crazy Mayflower couple blackmail him to steal some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci. If he refuses, they threaten to kill his friend Tommy. Written by Harald Mayr <>

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Shy. Sensitive. Law-abiding. Polite. Repsectful. - I don't think so. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Hudson Hawk  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)


$17,218,080 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is Bruce Willis' first and last foray into screenwriting. See more »


When Hudson Hawk is being dragged behind the ambulance on the gurney, Cesar Mario shoots at him hitting the IV bag. The IV bag is plastic but the sound effect is that of glass shattering. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Long ago, the Duke of Milan commissioned a little known artist to erect a Mammoth statue of a horse. The time was 1481... The artist was Leonardo da Vinci... The guy on the donkey's just a guy on a donkey.
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References To Tell the Truth (1956) See more »


Written by Bruce Willis and Robert Kraft
Produced and Performed by Robert Kraft
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Way ahead of it's time
4 April 1999 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Which is why many people never got it. They were probably expecting Die Hard or a hard action film but this is delightfully lighthearted and funny in a silly kind of way. No way is it meant to be taken seriously. Like a film where thieves time their robberies to songs is supposed to be real? Eddie Hawkins (Willis) is the Hudson Hawk, the greatest cat-burglar who ever lived and he has been blackmailed by the CIA and an OTT camp villain couple called The Mayflowers (Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard). Against his will he is shipped off to Rome (literally) to steal some of DaVinci's greatest works. His friend Tommy (Danny Aiello) and an undercover nun (Andie MacDowell) assist him as he robs the Vatican and tries to shake off a bunch of MTV-generation CIA agents called the Candy Bars (Kit-Kat, Butterfinger, Snickers and Almond Joy). Much adventure and comedy follows.

It's got lots of silly humor and cool stunts and is richly bizarre too. Quite refreshing really. Don't watch this expecting anything else than deliberate silliness. It's a film I can watch when I'm in any mood as it is major fun.

The DVD is in pretty plain Dolby 2.0 surround and is anamorphically enhanced at 1.85:1

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