Hudson Hawk

May 24th, 1991


Hudson Hawk

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A cat burglar is forced to steal Da Vinci works of art for a world domination plot.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 5.4/10 (26,370 voted)

Critic's Score: 17/100

Director: Michael Lehmann

Stars: Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell

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.

Writers: Bruce Willis, Robert Kraft

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 - Gates
Frank Stallone - Cesar Mario
Carmine Zozzora - Antony Mario (as Carmine Zozorra)
Stefano Molinari - Leonardo da Vinci (as Stephano Molinari)

Taglines: For this cat burglar, nine lives may just not be enough.

Release Date: 24 May 1991

Filming Locations: American Falls, Niagara Falls, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $17,218,080 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Igg and Ook both mutter their own names as their last words.

Factual errors: 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).

[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.

User Review

not nearly as bad as you would think


This was one of the first films that I saw when I came back from the Persian Gulf War. It is listed as among the biggest money losers of all time and when it came out it generated some of the most scathing reviews of all time. When Bruce Willis made The Last Boy Scout later that year, one reviewer said "He gets punched in the mouth so many times, he must feel like he's still reading reviews of Hudson Hawk" Willis wrote the story for this film, so I'm sure this must have particularly hurt him, this film put his career in the toilet before Pulp Fiction revived it. I don't think the film was all that bad myself, even though it wasn't Citizen Kane and wont go down in history as a classic I am at least hoping that it might generate a cult following. At least it attempts to be original, you have to give it credit for that. So many movies these days are just rip offs. Willis gives an engaging performance as the cappachino-drinking, wise-cracking cat burglar who is forced to pull off one last hiest. I really laughed at the scene where he and Danny Aiello pull off that robbery while doing such a wonderful rendition of "Would You Like To Swing On A Star". Aiello is a great actor as is Andie McDowell and James Coburn who also give great supporting performances. Coburn has a lot of fun spoofing his tough guy image. It sort of reminds me of In Like Flynt. My best advice is leave your brain at the beginning of the movie and just have a good time. Yes this film wont cure cancer or anything like that, but its still a lot of fun if you just give it a chance.


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