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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.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writers:

Bruce Willis (story), Robert Kraft (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Hudson Hawk
Danny Aiello ... Tommy Five-Tone
Andie MacDowell ... Anna Baragli
James Coburn ... George Kaplan
Richard E. Grant ... Darwin Mayflower
Sandra Bernhard ... Minerva Mayflower
Donald Burton ... Alfred
Don Harvey ... Snickers
David Caruso ... Kit Kat
Andrew Bryniarski ... Butterfinger
Lorraine Toussaint ... Almond Joy
Burtt Harris Burtt Harris ... Gates
Frank Stallone ... Cesar Mario
Carmine Zozzora Carmine Zozzora ... Antony Mario (as Carmine Zozorra)
Stefano Molinari Stefano Molinari ... Leonardo da Vinci (as Stephano Molinari)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Catch the Excitement. Catch the Adventure. Catch the Hawk. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Hudson Hawk See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,218,080
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Sound Mix:

CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the midst of the Rome shooting schedule, the film company packed up and headed north for ten days and nights of filming, near the town of Rimini, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and the capital city of an Italian province of the same name. Within a few minutes of the seaside resort, the crew found itself in the village of San Leo. Noted by Dante [Dante Alighieri] in his "Divine Comedy" (c. 1308-1320), San Leo boasts a magnificent 15th Century fortress, which serves a dual purpose in "Hudson Hawk." Its first appearance in the film, is the setting for Leonardo da Vinci's workshop in the 16th Century, while its second appearance in the film, is the present-day domicile of Darwin Mayflower (Richard E. Grant) and Minerva Mayflower (Sandra Bernhard). See more »

Goofs

When Hudson Hawk gets out of the crate, the packing peanuts stuck to his face move around and change shape. One of them is behind his ear when he looks out the window at the Coliseum. In the adjoining scene when the Butler says, "Welcome to Rome," Hawk turns around and the Styrofoam piece behind his ear isn't there. 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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Alternate Versions

Scene of Eddie tripping the antitheft trap over the da Vinci codex originally filmed with Maruschka Detmers as Anna. See more »

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References Rocky and His Friends (1959) See more »

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MONA LISA
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
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What The...
6 June 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee 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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