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Comedy - Family

Hudson Hawk (1991)

Duration1h 40m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Finland: 16,
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorMichael Lehmann
Writers/ScriptSteven E. de Souza, Daniel Waters, (story Bruce Willis, Robert Kraft)
StarringBruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie MacDowell, James Coburn, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard, Donald Burton, David Caruso, Frank Stallone, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.8 by 52,917 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 38% from 38 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Let’s cut to the chase. There are a number of metal items which will make a pyramid capable of being used to change the world, hidden by Leonardo Da Vinci within horse statuettes. Hudson Hawk and his friend Tommy are employed to recover one by burglary. But Hudson joins other in the search for the rest, taking him on an adventure through many countries, and over time the participants are gradually picked off. He forms a friendship with fellow searcher Sister Anna Baragli (he does not know she is a nun, and she seems to have doubts). Will they assemble the crystal and will they survive?

Content: There is no nudity or sex, but maybe a bit of drinking. Initially a view of Leonardo making a bar of gold using that crystal thing. If you intend to see it through watch carefully. Then in the modern day Hudson and Tommy do a robbery of the first horse and thereafter go from set piece to set piece confronted by various villains. There is a car chase, no there are car chases, and some explosions and in constant confrontations between the participants people are killed with a variety of weapons.

A View: Just one reviewer’s comment, he said it was “beyond bad”. Richard E. Grant said it was a pile of steaming donkey shit. Won in 3 categories at the 1992 Razzies. I was honestly banjaxed by the whole thing. I overlooked Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello singing while carrying out their burglary, thinking I would allow that one lunatic event. But it did not stop. It all seemed completely pointless, and it did not entertain. So yet another DON’T SEE.

Additional Info: Said to be Bruce Willis’s one involvement in screenwriting, but not his only attempt to improve the script as they went along.

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