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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hudson Hawk
... Tommy Five-Tone
... Anna Baragli
... George Kaplan
... Darwin Mayflower
... Minerva Mayflower
... Alfred
... Snickers
... Kit Kat
... Butterfinger
... Almond Joy
Burtt Harris ... Gates
... Cesar Mario
Carmine Zozzora ... Antony Mario (as Carmine Zozorra)
Stefano Molinari ... Leonardo da Vinci (as Stephano Molinari)
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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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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For this cat burglar, nine lives may just not be enough. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 May 1991 (USA)  »

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The Adventures of Hudson Hawk  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,218,080
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When it came time to cast the film, everyone was in complete agreement about the actor they wanted for Tommy "Five-Tone." Danny Aiello and Bruce Willis had known each other for many years, dating back to a time before either had attained worldwide recognition, and 'Bruce and I had wanted to do a film together for three or four years', recalls Aiello. The actor was so enthusiastic about taking the role of Hawk's best friend and partner that he postponed the start of another film in order to join Willis and company in their globe-trotting adventures. See more »

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When Eddie and Tommy are in the recorder room of the auction house, Tommy tells Eddie that they have about "5 minutes and change." Eddie says "5:32 - Swinging on a Star." The version of the song that they sing as they are robbing the auction house is (at best) only 2 minutes 36 seconds (less than half of the time for which they have planned). See more »

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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 Taft Baker ( as T. Baker), Larry Laprise (as L. Laprise) and Charles Macak (as C. Macak)
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6 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm torn on HUDSON HAWK. After watching it, part of me went, "What the hell was that?" But another part suggested that maybe I wasn't hip enough to "get" what it was trying to do. Part of me thought it was a completely ridiculous waste of time. Part of me thought it was just good, clean fun.

Though certainly not for everybody, there are enough redeeming qualities in HUDSON HAWK to avert its dismissal as a multimillion-dollar turkey. Bruce Willis is Eddie "Hudson Hawk" Hawkins, a cat burglar intent on retiring but who is forced to steal Da Vinci works of art for a (gasp!) world domination plot. Along for the ride are Tommy Five-Tone (Danny Aiello), mysterious nun Anna Baragli (Andie MacDowell) and conniving bad guy George Kaplan (recognize that name?) played by the late James Coburn.

The plot sounds like it could have made for a good DIE HARD-style caper, but director Michael Lehmann had other ideas. As he reveals in the DVD version's audio commentary, HUDSON HAWK was meant first and foremost as a comedy. Trouble is, it was promoted more as a Bruce Willis action blockbuster. Audiences were left scratching their heads as their favorite tough guy engaged in Stooge-like slapstick, sipped cappuccino and, most astoundingly, crooning Crosby classics.

Not that mistaken expectations are the only thing wrong here. Indeed HUDSON HAWK is simply too silly for its own good. The gags frequently fall flat, nearly embarrassing the talented performers involved. The plot is overly convoluted, and Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard as the villainous Mayflowers are a bit hard to take. At its lowest points, you'll be astounded something like this could receive a theatrical release.

To get the most out of HUDSON HAWK, go in with an open mind. It's unlike anything you've seen before -- in both good and bad ways.


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