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Hudson Hawk (Special Edition) [Import]
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Bruce Willis's awful, 1991 vanity piece is an abuse of audience goodwill and a waste of a good cast and director (Michael Lehmann of Heathers). The story, cowritten by Willis, concerns a cat burglar pressured into stealing precious art, including some from the Vatican. But the script is just a convenience upon which Willis piles his vaguely boorish brand of hip irony, assuming his audience will stay with him every step of the way. Certain, self-congratulatory scenes induce cringing--Willis and Danny Aiello, for instance, sing "Side by Side" (to brassy accompaniment on the soundtrack) every time they're working a job--but the overall effect is more irritating and baffling. Keep a good thought for Willis (an underrated actor better than the summer junk we usually see him in) by checking out his superior work in Pulp Fiction and his small but memorable role in Billy Bathgate. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yeah, there are some plot problems and pacing is off-kilter, but heck, this film is so much fun from the first second til the end when Eddie finally gets his- no I won't ruin it... Give it a chance. I haven't perused the DVD but doubt it has much extra stuff. This isn't the kind of film the gets the redux.
If the thought of Danny Aiello, Bruce Willis, James Coburn, Sandra Bernhardt, Andie McDowell (no relation to Malcolm), a young David Caruso, and a handful of other dynamic character actors doesn't appeal to you then stop reading now. Moreover, if the thought of the world's greatest jewel thief stealing Da Vinci treasures, a Vatican spy agency, an over-the-top madman entrepreneur and his depraved wife aimed at destroying the world's economy, a corrupt CIA covert ops team called "The Candybars," doesn't pique your interest then go back to bed.
Some of the best one liners I've ever heard. They never get old. "I must speak with the dolphins now." "Just kill her- Darwin! This is supposed to be torture, not therapy." "Bettie Jo Baijarsky? I can get you an address on that." "Bunny?!? Ball Ball!!!"
If you like Bill Murray's everyman attitude in ghostbusters then this film's humor will appeal.
In summation- If you dug 'Ice Pirates,' "The Princess Bride," or any Terry Gilliam film you will probably dig this one.
Eddie Hawkins (Willis) is the Hudson Hawk, the greatest catburglar who ever lived and he has been blackmailed by the CIA and an OTT camp villian couple called The Mayflowers (Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard). Against his will he is shipped off to Rome (literally) to steal some of DaVinci's greatest works. His friend Tommy (Danny Aiello) and an undercover nun (Andie MacDowell) assist him as he robs the Vatican and tries to shake off a bunch of MTV-generation CIA agents called the Candy Bars (Kit-Kat, Butterfinger, Snickers and Almond Joy). Much adventure and comedy follows.
It's got lots of silly humor and cool stunts and is richly bizzare too. Quite refreshing really. Don't watch this expecting anything else than deliberate silliness. It's a film I can watch when I'm in any mood as it is major fun.
The DVD is in pretty plain Dolby 2.0 surround and is anamorphically enhanced at 1.85:1
One rainy Tuesday afternoon, during my third month of unemployment this friend of mine and I went out for lunch and some DVD shopping. After finishing up we went back to his house and kicked back. He made his usual attempt to convince me to watch Hudson Hawk and for some reason known only to God and the demons that live in my subconscious I said yes. It was one of my most enjoyable movie experiences ever.
It's almost impossible to put into words why I like this movie. It totally defies definition. It is a screwball comedy with a crime caper at it's center and a Secret Service Nun as it's femme fatale. The music is fun and fits well into the pace and scheme of the movie and the running cappucino gag is lame and contrived yet amazingly fun.
It is really an experience that has to be enjoyed first hand. Go out and rent this film if you can. I would just advise buying it outright. It's cheap enough and you won't be disappointed.
Now I just have to find a night when my wife isn't that busy or suffering gastric distress so she can enjoy it too.
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I heard it didn't get a lot of good reviews but I was pleased to see some positive reviews up here. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Giga Bytes7
Pure fun. Bruce Willis as he should be. Lots of action packed scenes but with great humor through the entire movie. Some not suitable for kids.Published on Sept. 15 2013 by Peggy Fisher
Totally ridiculous and funny all the way through. A modern day musical set in New Jersey, The Vatican and Italy.Published on Jan. 12 2013 by Debbie Parent
I only gave it four stars because the supporting actor pair are so foul-mouthed, it detracted from the movie. Bruce, Danny, and Andie MacDowell are dynamite. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2012 by Bryant Litchfield
Contrary to what some critics think, Hudson Hawk is quite an original movie and a classic in its own right. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2012 by salacious_crumb
No Blu-Ray version of this, but it was a nice price, adn added 30 cents to my shipping, what teh hell, right?
Lame extras, fair picture and audio quality. Read more
You may have heard about this film, one of the most notorious flops of 1991. I first saw this in the theatre in 1991. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2007 by TV conoisseur
this movie was an absolute riot.funny doesn't begin to describe this
film.the movie is very well written. Read more