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By Lou Cedrone | May 29, 1991
''Hudson Hawk,'' the newest Bruce Willis film, began as a song Willis used to sing. He's responsible for the story. The script came about when he became a big enough star to have scripts written for him.It's a very expensive movie. You can see that. Most of the money, however, must have gone into location filming. Apparently, not too much went into the script. Maybe the producers should have paid the writers a little more. ''Hudson Hawk'' is a very funny film, but plot, it hasn't got.If you saw the very recent ''If Looks Could Kill,'' you've already seen what little plot there is in ''Hudson Hawk.
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By Josh Mooney 5/8 5/8 | November 22, 1991
HUDSON HAWKRCA/Columbia Pictures Home VideoNo retail price listedThough designed as another action-comedy caper box-office winner, in the tradition of "Die Hard" and "Die Hard II," "Hudson Hawk" proved one of the biggest bombs of recent years. And with good reason: It's a painfully misconceived and poorly executed movie that seems to have been designed mainly according to the whims of its star.Bruce Willis' performance is at the heart of what's wrong with the film -- he seems so self-satisfied, as if he were making this as a lavish home movie.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 5, 1991
I'm in big trouble.My son is circulating a petition to have me removed from the family.At a critics' screening of "City Slickers" in New York, I was greeted with catcalls, whispers and sniggers. A man who liked "Ishtar" laughed at me.Various powerful people have requested to see my file.Worse than that . . . Dr. Tottle is ticked at me.After all . . . I'm the man who liked "Hudson Hawk.""Mr. Hunter," writes Dr. Edward L. Tottle, of Baltimore, " 'Hudson Hawk' is not 3.5 stars! Willis jumps off skyscrapers without injury?
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By Lou Cedrone | October 31, 1991
Director John Frankenheimer says he has about eight more films left in him. ''More, if I'm lucky,'' he said. ''I'm 62, and I want to make sure they count. After 'Dead Bang' and 'The Fourth War,' I want to make a commercially successful film.''His newest movie is ''Year of the Gun,'' and it opens here tomorrow. It is an action melodrama that takes place in Italy, in 1978, when the Red Brigades were terrorizing the country.''Producer Ed Pressman came to me,'' he said. ''He wanted to work with me and asked me to read the book on which the film is based.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 23, 1991
*''Backdraft'' Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are Chicago ,, firefighters whose lives are endangered by an arsonist.* ''Drop Dead Fred'' A comedy/fantasy in which Phoebe Cates is a young woman whose imaginary childhood friend reappears when she is in trouble.''Thelma and Louise'' A film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who take to the road when one of them kills a rapist.* ''Hudson Hawk'' Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who wants to retire but is forced to do one last job.''Only the Lonely'' A John Hughes comedy in which John Candy is an aging bachelor with an overly possessive mother.
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By Josh Mooney 5/8 5/8 | November 22, 1991
HUDSON HAWKRCA/Columbia Pictures Home VideoNo retail price listedThough designed as another action-comedy caper box-office winner, in the tradition of "Die Hard" and "Die Hard II," "Hudson Hawk" proved one of the biggest bombs of recent years. And with good reason: It's a painfully misconceived and poorly executed movie that seems to have been designed mainly according to the whims of its star.Bruce Willis' performance is at the heart of what's wrong with the film -- he seems so self-satisfied, as if he were making this as a lavish home movie.
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By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | October 17, 1991
Gloom is everywhere. But sunshine may be just around the corner.That's film-industry talk. Hollywood loves to speak in cliches -- and in contradictions. Depending upon whom you listen to -- or whom you read -- the movie business either is or isn't in trouble.That it was a disappointing summer is undeniable -- Bruce Willis' "Hudson Hawk," Julia Roberts' "Dying Young" and Kathleen Turner's "V.I. Warshawski" didn't begin to meet critical or financial expectations. In fact, "Hudson Hawk," the season's biggest loser, so far has earned a paltry $16 million, compared to TC a budget estimated at between $48-$58 million.
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By Stephen Hunte and Stephen Hunte,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
In "Hudson Hawk," Bruce Willis proves a heretofore unprovable theorem: Balding white guys can be cool.Hawk is cool. Willis is cool. The movie is cool.Hands-down winner in the first campaign weekend of the movie summer, "Hudson Hawk" is an audacious concoction, giddily daring in tone, consistently funny and an astonishment from start to finish.Willis has taken a forgotten American stereotype from the '50s -- the urban hipster, smartass to the world, low-key, ironic and sarcastic -- and put him in the middle of a big, fat '90s-style summer action spectacular.
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By Lou Cedrone | October 31, 1991
Director John Frankenheimer says he has about eight more films left in him. ''More, if I'm lucky,'' he said. ''I'm 62, and I want to make sure they count. After 'Dead Bang' and 'The Fourth War,' I want to make a commercially successful film.''His newest movie is ''Year of the Gun,'' and it opens here tomorrow. It is an action melodrama that takes place in Italy, in 1978, when the Red Brigades were terrorizing the country.''Producer Ed Pressman came to me,'' he said. ''He wanted to work with me and asked me to read the book on which the film is based.
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By Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan and Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder News Service | June 13, 1991
Ever since "American Gigolo" proved that real men wear Armani, trendoids have been drawing fashion inspiration from the silver screen."Out of Africa" gave us safari style and sent shoppers swarming to Banana Republic. "Amadeus' " legacy was romantic poet shirts. "The Untouchables" brought back gangster chic, and proved that even the bad guys sometimes wear Armani.And unfortunately, "Saturday Night Fever" somehow made us think white suits and open-neck black shirts were suave. We hope all of you know better by now.More recent attempts to influence our sartorial statements -- "Dick Tracy," for instance -- have been less successful.
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By Philip Wuntch and Philip Wuntch,Dallas Morning News | October 17, 1991
Gloom is everywhere. But sunshine may be just around the corner.That's film-industry talk. Hollywood loves to speak in cliches -- and in contradictions. Depending upon whom you listen to -- or whom you read -- the movie business either is or isn't in trouble.That it was a disappointing summer is undeniable -- Bruce Willis' "Hudson Hawk," Julia Roberts' "Dying Young" and Kathleen Turner's "V.I. Warshawski" didn't begin to meet critical or financial expectations. In fact, "Hudson Hawk," the season's biggest loser, so far has earned a paltry $16 million, compared to TC a budget estimated at between $48-$58 million.
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By Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan and Robin D. Givhan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder News Service | June 13, 1991
Ever since "American Gigolo" proved that real men wear Armani, trendoids have been drawing fashion inspiration from the silver screen."Out of Africa" gave us safari style and sent shoppers swarming to Banana Republic. "Amadeus' " legacy was romantic poet shirts. "The Untouchables" brought back gangster chic, and proved that even the bad guys sometimes wear Armani.And unfortunately, "Saturday Night Fever" somehow made us think white suits and open-neck black shirts were suave. We hope all of you know better by now.More recent attempts to influence our sartorial statements -- "Dick Tracy," for instance -- have been less successful.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 5, 1991
I'm in big trouble.My son is circulating a petition to have me removed from the family.At a critics' screening of "City Slickers" in New York, I was greeted with catcalls, whispers and sniggers. A man who liked "Ishtar" laughed at me.Various powerful people have requested to see my file.Worse than that . . . Dr. Tottle is ticked at me.After all . . . I'm the man who liked "Hudson Hawk.""Mr. Hunter," writes Dr. Edward L. Tottle, of Baltimore, " 'Hudson Hawk' is not 3.5 stars! Willis jumps off skyscrapers without injury?
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By Lou Cedrone | May 29, 1991
''Hudson Hawk,'' the newest Bruce Willis film, began as a song Willis used to sing. He's responsible for the story. The script came about when he became a big enough star to have scripts written for him.It's a very expensive movie. You can see that. Most of the money, however, must have gone into location filming. Apparently, not too much went into the script. Maybe the producers should have paid the writers a little more. ''Hudson Hawk'' is a very funny film, but plot, it hasn't got.If you saw the very recent ''If Looks Could Kill,'' you've already seen what little plot there is in ''Hudson Hawk.
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By Stephen Hunte and Stephen Hunte,Sun Film Critic | May 24, 1991
In "Hudson Hawk," Bruce Willis proves a heretofore unprovable theorem: Balding white guys can be cool.Hawk is cool. Willis is cool. The movie is cool.Hands-down winner in the first campaign weekend of the movie summer, "Hudson Hawk" is an audacious concoction, giddily daring in tone, consistently funny and an astonishment from start to finish.Willis has taken a forgotten American stereotype from the '50s -- the urban hipster, smartass to the world, low-key, ironic and sarcastic -- and put him in the middle of a big, fat '90s-style summer action spectacular.
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By Lou Cedrone | May 23, 1991
*''Backdraft'' Kurt Russell and William Baldwin are Chicago ,, firefighters whose lives are endangered by an arsonist.* ''Drop Dead Fred'' A comedy/fantasy in which Phoebe Cates is a young woman whose imaginary childhood friend reappears when she is in trouble.''Thelma and Louise'' A film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as two friends who take to the road when one of them kills a rapist.* ''Hudson Hawk'' Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who wants to retire but is forced to do one last job.''Only the Lonely'' A John Hughes comedy in which John Candy is an aging bachelor with an overly possessive mother.
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By Los Angeles Dailey News | May 30, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Four months ago a handful of studio chiefs complained that movies cost too much and promised to institute cost-containment.Warner Bros.' Robert Daly said that his studio would play hardball in negotiations with directors and lesser-known stars.Then-Paramount Pictures Chairman Frank Mancuso indicated that he would put fewer scripts into development.And Walt Disney's Jeffrey Katzenberg issued a 28-page memo that called for the studio to return to basics -- "a good story, well-executed."
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By Steven Rea and Steven Rea,Knight-Ridder | November 8, 1991
Bruce Willis, who not long ago said he was going to take a year off from the film business, has changed his mind. With a string of super-expensive disasters behind him ("Hudson Hawk," "The Bonfire of the Vanities"), his new film ("Billy Bathgate," in which he plays Bo Weinberg) plagued with problems from the start, and his Dec. 13 release ("The Last Boy Scout") getting not-so-great word-of-mouth, Willis will try to redeem himself and his box-office clout with a black comedy from director Robert Zemeckis ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit")
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