It’s no secret I was Team Hudson Hawk from day one in 1991. Although the film has achieved cult status among its fans today, it was a box office bomb in the summer of 1991. Some say it was ahead of its time, mixing musical numbers and wacky comedy with action. Producer Joel Silver once told me he thought it should have been more like Wayne’s World.
It is true that Hudson Hawk is not the movie Silver set out to produce, nor the one that screenwriter Steven E. de Souza wrote for Bruce Willis, and there is a very distinct reason for that.
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These days, every movie that comes out seems to generate a think piece. In the days before the internet, think pieces were mostly relegated to the biggest and best films. Really it’s only been in the last 10 years of prolific websites and social media that think pieces have expanded and thrived. I wish there had been websites and social media when I was a young movie fan. Think of all the think pieces I never got to write! Well, it’s not too late. If I’d been a professional writer in 1991, and there were website with unlimited space and social media to promote it, this is the think piece I would have written: “The Failure of ‘Hudson Hawk‘ Means We Can’t Have Nice Things.” So let’s take a De Lorean back to 1991 and see if we can change history and make Hudson Hawk a hit with this think piece!
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