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Hudson Hawk (1991)

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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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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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1.85 : 1
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[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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Written by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A comedy classic? Maybe. It's still really good.
22 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was in High School, I was working at a movie theater. One day at work, the theater was giving away movie promotional extras left over from years past to the employees. One of the items was a promotional T-Shirt for Hudson Hawk. Being a fan of Bruce Willis and a fan of t-shirts, I picked it up. I also decided that if I was going to wear the shirt, I might as well see the movie.

I had heard the rumors: bad bad Bruce Willis vanity project, not worth a damn, much less a rental. Well, that sounded like a challenge to me! So, I rented it, popped it into my VCR and prepared to be in agony. I was very disappointed.

I was stunned at not only how madcap it was, but how well written it was. Sure, it felt like an excuse to rattle off witty one-liners amongst a non-sensical plot, but it did it so WELL. Some of my favorite lines from any movie are in this film.

"How long (were in you prison)?" "Let's just say I never saw E.T."

Some of the references are very early-mid 90s, as to be expected. Still, there's some great, wacky characters, and it's just a good stupid caper movie. Don't listen to the critics - this one is definitely a great film to watch with a group of friends.

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