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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.


Michael Lehmann


Bruce Willis (story), Robert Kraft (story) | 2 more credits »
4,250 ( 465)
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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 ... 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 <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the film, Leonardo da Vinci's most ambitious project is a machine that can turn lead into gold through the use of solar energy and alchemical salts. This is called the "The da Vinci Gold Machine" or the "The Leonardo da Vinci Gold Machine". Although there is no historical evidence that da Vinci dabbled in alchemy, the machine dreamed up by production designer Jackson De Govia, would have impressed the man who inspired it. De Govia said: "In producing the gold machine, I was able to incorporate and adapt mechanical principles and devices that came directly from the mind and pen of Leonardo da Vinci". See more »


In the Five-Tone Bar, soon after the coffee machine breaks down, at least one of the objects on the table disappears. 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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Alternate Versions

The German VHS version contains several more lines of dialog, mostly from characters off-screen to make scenes funny in German. For example: When Hudson Hawk falls into the chair after he jumps from the roof of the auction house, the Butler says he collects Concorde tickets because once you get 100 "you get a stewardess for free" and Antony Mario adds that he would prefer the pilot. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1991 (1992) See more »


The Hokey Pokey
Written by Taft Baker ( as T. Baker), Larry Laprise (as L. Laprise) and Charles Macak (as C. Macak)
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User Reviews

Brilliantly funny slapstick adventure.
25 September 2018 | by darrenbjonesSee all my reviews

Bruce Willis in 1991 was still John McClane and after the high octane thrills of the first two Die Hard movies, this is what audiences were expecting. But this is far more Moonlighting than Nakotomi and audience expectations were not managed and sadly Hudson Hawk bombed. It is however a brilliantly funny slapstick adventure. Hudson Hawk (Willis) gets out of prison only to be blackmailed into committing one more burglary, leading him down a rabbit hole filled with mafia, CIA, Vatican and ruthless billionaires all seeking to protect or exploit a 500 year old secret. With it's tongue firmly in its cheek, the film runs through a series of entertaining set pieces with a dazzling array of colourful characters and a script full of music, jokes, bad language and cappuccinos. Fun from start to finish.

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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 »


Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,082,820, 27 May 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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