Friday, November 26, 2010

Hudson Hawk (1991)


Director: Michael Lehmann

Starring: Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard, David Caruso, Frank Stallone, William Conrad

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Catch the excitement. Catch the laughter. Catch the Hawk.

Plot: Half loopy parody, half action-comedy, this Bruce Willis vehicle puts its star in the shoes of Hudson Hawk, a skilled cat burglar who times his robberies by singing show tunes. After being released from jail, Hawk wants to do nothing more than hang out in caf├ęs, but criminal financiers Darwin and Minerva Mayflower (Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard) blackmail Hawk into one last job -- stealing a Leonardo Da Vinci device that turns lead into gold.



My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah. Give it a few years.

It's been nearly 20 years since I saw this and it still holds up. The thing is, you've got to understand it's a comedy with action bits thrown in. It's a pretty fun flick, one that capitalizes on Willis' comedy chops ala MOONLIGHTING. The cast is great and fun. Caruso stands out in a hilarious role. It came out the same year as THE LAST BOY SCOUT which is one of my all-time favorite Bruce Willis movies. If you don't think Bruce is funny, avoid it, but if you do, just let yourself go and enjoy 100 minutes of storybook silliness. And keep your hands off of Sandra Bernhard...she's mine!

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