Hudson Hawk (1991) (part 1 of 13)

Note from the editor: In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of Hudson Hawk, this recap was updated on May 24, 2011 with new screencaps and new snarky comments, thanks to the special edition DVD, available now from!

And look for Ed Harris’ Hudson Hawk Recap Supplement, covering all the DVD bonus features, coming soon!

The Cast of Characters:
Bruce Willis as EddieEddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins (Bruce Willis). The star of our show. Allegedly, the best cat burglar in the whole damn world, as judged by (I’m guessing) the World Cat Burglar Association of America. Gets out of prison after 10 years, only to be immediately recruited by a large cast of utter nutballs into stealing Da Vinci treasures.
Danny Aiello as TommyTommy “Five-Tone” Messina (Danny Aiello). The Hawk’s best bud, partner in crime, and singing partner. Loud, temperamental, abrasive, and a totally stereotypical New York Italian. In other words, every part ever played by Danny Aiello.
Dr. AnnaAndie MacDowell (Dr. Anna “Block of Wood” Baragli). Mannequin-like doctor, tour guide, and all-around antiquities expert working for the Vatican, though her lack of an accent that could remotely be called European is never explained, much like the bulk of this movie’s plot. Nevertheless, she falls for the Hawk, who inspires her to make a preposterous lifestyle choice.
James Coburn as George KaplanGeorge Kaplan (James Coburn). The CIA agent who sent Hawk to jail, who’s back to be an even bigger pain in the ass. I guess you can assume he and his team of CIA agents are corrupt; the movie never makes it clear. But one thing’s for sure: for a guy in his sixties, Kaplan sure can kick ass.
Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard as Darwin and Minerva MayflowerDarwin and Minerva Mayflower (Richard E. Grant and Sandra Bernhard). He’s the leader of a corporation, she’s his hideous, unfunny wife. The services provided by the Mayflower Corporation are left to our imaginations; All you need to know is they are eeeeeevil. Smarmy and flamboyant (read: revolting), everything they do is revolting. Did I mention they’re revolting?

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Multi-Part Article: Hudson Hawk (1991)

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