REVIEW: Hudson Hawk
1991 provided one of my favorite bad movies, Hudson Hawk. Bruce Willis not only stars, but also helped write the story and was the executive producer to this retarded action comedy. The antics used are those of the Three Stooges, and the movie is as close to a cartoon as a live action movie can get. The word zany is not prevalent in my vernacular, but it is the best word I can think of to describe Hudson Hawk. Willis and his fellow producers were able to assemble an impressive cast for such a ridiculous premise, and Director Michael Lehmann somehow manages to pull unlikely performances from these thespians. How impressive? Take a look.
Danny Aiello sings a show tune along with Willis while stealing art. Then there's priceless banter such as, "The last time you saw me I was bald, beard with no mustache, and I had a different nose. So if you don't recognize me, I won't be offended," spoken by James Coburn as George Kaplan. He heads up a team of CIA operatives he has named after candy bars. David Caruso gives us a nonsensical appearance of Agent Kit-Kat. This is shortly before he gave us a nonsensical performance in Jade. Andy MacDowell provides her best impression of a dolphin. Far more enticing than her actual voice. The following quote may give you a sense of the inflated ego of Darwin Mayflower as played by Richard E. Grant; "History, tradition, culture.... are not concepts! These are trophies I keep in my den as paper weights!" His wife, played by Sandra Bernhard gives a disturbing rendition of "I've got the Power." And let us not forget that the movie also features Frank Stallone. Enough said.
Museum robberies, show tunes, a gurney chase over the Brooklyn Bridge, a toll booth on said bridge, a knife wielding butler, David Caruso as a mime, a nun falling for a convict, the word rape used as a punch line?!?! If
that's not zany I don't know what that word means.
Hamlin Grade: 5.5
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