Hudson Hawk (1991)

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Hudson Hawk (1991)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy
  • Director: Michael Lehmann
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, Danny Aiello

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.

One review

  • There was a time when it was okay to do something this outrageous and already when this movie was in production that time was over. We had already seen Airplane! and Naked Gun, so Hudson Hawk was somehow doomed to fail.

    Willis was of course riding high after his success with the first two “Die Hard” blockbusters, so Joel Silver must have given him total creative control because he must have been absolutely positive that Willis could not fail entirely. You can even see it in the credits where the name Willis is all over the screen. He even gets to sing but not that great, Aiello does better.

    So, despite the slamming the film got from both critics and audiences this is absolutely worth seeing because of the almost insane energy that drives the whole show. Willis is determined to bang you over the head with every possible joke and it is not kiddy jokes that are most frequent here. The writing is excessively incoherent and some of the scenes look like they were spliced together at random. Maybe this movie was not supposed to be high art but some of the jokes fall flat on their face, especially regarding David Caruso’s non-speaking part as Kit-Kat.

    Andie McDowell does a fairly good job at keeping a straight face through all this but remember, this is definitely not a chick-flick and it is quite possible she would rather forget the whole experience. Then there are Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard and the less said the better. Grant does say his lines without losing all dignity but Bernhard is as shrill as chewing on ice cubes.

    There are many more points that goes both for and against this movie but the thing that puts it a little over the top is the shear guts it took to release it in the first place. Willis is of course still on top and I think that he quickly got over the bomb when Pulp Fiction came out 3 years later.

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