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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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Watch your step. Hold your breath. Hang on for dear life. And catch...the hawk. 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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Production wrapped in New York City at 6 a.m. on July 31, 1990, and several hours later, the cast and crew boarded a plane to begin the second leg of their international odyssey. After one day of preparation, filming resumed, this time in Rome, Italy, directly across the street from one of the most recognizable wonders of the world, the famed landmark, the Coliseum. Many famous locations throughout Rome and its environs were used for the picture, including the Piazza Navona, the Roman Forum, and the 16th Century Villa Farnese in nearby Caprarola, a vintage town and commune in the Viterbo province in the Lazio region of central Italy. See more »

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When Anna is in the confessional, the priest forgets to give her absolution at the end of her confession, though he gives her penance. See more »

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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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HAIL TO THE CHIEF
From the motion picture soundtrack of In Like Flint (1967)
Music by James Sanderson
Arranged by Jerry Goldsmith
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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You will either groove on its knowing brand of low comic silliness or you'll hate it
13 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Just sprung from prison Hudson Hawk finds himself being chased by an insane and insanely rich couple, the CIA and the Vatican in a mad chase to get bits of a gold making machine made by Da Vinci. Along the way stupid jokes are told, the plot is ignored or twisted in the name of a joke and the entire cast winks at the audience repeatedly as if to say that even they can't believe the silly things they are doing in the name of fun.

When this movie opened it was crucified by critics across the country as an unfunny vanity project. It sunk the promising career of the director and made people take a second look at Bruce Willis. very few people braved the reviews and saw this in theaters. Me? I'm one of the six people in America that went to see this on opening night. I've loved this movie from the first and my opinion has grown with each viewing. I remember arguing with people for weeks afterward that they should see this movie because it was damn funny. No one listened to me, and it wasn't until cable and home video that people discovered this wrongly dismissed gem. This is more proof that sometimes critics don't get it.

Then again all humor is subjective and what one person finds funny is not what other people find funny. I love this knowingly dumb, puny, go for the obvious, nothing is sacred or too stupid to try collection of jokes and gags. Other people are offended or utterly bored by its often infantile antics. I find it charming and harmless, other people find it cruel (Bunny Ball Ball!). I can't say which camp you'll fall into, but I think that you should ignore the critics and just see this movie. Its mindless fun of the highest order.


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