Hudson Hawk script
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Synopsis: Thief extraordinaire Hudson Hawk (Bruce Willis) has just been released from prison and all he wants is a nice cappuccino. However, before he can savor his favorite beverage, the highly eccentric and wealthy Darwin Mayflower (Richard E. Grant) and his equally odd wife, Minerva (Sandra Bernhard), rope Hawk into an ambitious series of heists. Soon Hawk is stealing no less than major works by Leonardo Da Vinci, priceless pieces that the Mayflowers plan to use in an exceedingly nefarious way.

FADE IN:

1 OMITTED 1

1A EXT. VINCI COUNTRYSIDE -RENAISSANCE -DAY 1A

A TRAVELING MERCHANT WITH AN UNFORGETTABLY ETCHED FACE

rambles past a timelessly beautiful Italian countryside

on a trusty mule.

A jaw-droppingly storybook castle looms before him. The

merchant dismounts and pulls forth a cask of wine. Settling

down upon a tree stump, he removes his hat and

inhales the fresh air with a life-loving sigh.

The merchant brings the cask to his lips when suddenly a

LOUD EXPLOSION is heard causing the merchant to douse

himself with a blast of vino.

UNFORGETTABLE MERCHANT

Leonardo, che pazzo...

The merchant shakes his fist up to a swish pan that

swings up toward a smoking window of the awesome castle.

2 OMITTED 2

3 INT. ROOM OF THE GOLD MACHINE 3

The charismatic LEONARDO DA VINCI, with his trademark

beard, drifts through the smoke of a mammoth room. A

flash of light causes him to put on a pair of very early,

very cool sunglasses. Something extraordinary reflects

off them.

Da Vinci moves to the Something, a gloriously incredible

machine. The opening CREDITS REVEAL its dazzling idiosyncrasies.

TWO COUGHING APPRENTICES haplessly try to disperse smoke

from the still billowing, mysteriously spectacular

Machine. Mirrors attached to parts of it reflect beams

of light which cut through the smoke like a Renaissance

laser show.

DA VINCI:

Marcolino, mettiamoli il plumba.

The apprentice throws a lever. A shunt near the furnace

turns. Steam escapes upwards.

(CONTINUED)

2.

3 CONTINUED:
3

DA VINCI:

Su la fiamma. Su! Su! Sole!

Basta. Chudere! Chudere!

The Master peers at the smoking yellow bar.

Crystallo!

DA VINCI:

Da Vinci's pride goes dead as the implications hit.

The apprentices scurry out. Mind reeling, Da Vinci turns

his back to the viewer, before a wall of frescoes.

Spinning back around, using the edge of his cloak, Da

Vinci pulls out the large gleaming crystal with a pop.

4 OMITTED 4

A5 INT. DA VINCI'S WORKSHOP A5

With an accompanying blast of smoke, Da Vinci bursts

through some double doors into his workshop, sadly

reflecting upon the crystal in one hand and the tonged

bar in the other.

His workshop is a spendiferously enigmatic blend of

laboratory and studio; On a table in the foreground is

a fresh clay equestrian statue; a large VOLUME of

sketches, the inkwell nearby; a MODEL of what looks like

a HELICOPTER; Da Vinci flings the tonged bar on the table

among these goodies.

Pocketing the crystal, Da Vinci meanders through his

workshop casually tinkering with various experiments.

Leonardo stops at an easel displaying a finished-exceptfor-

the-mouth portrait of Mona Lisa, who happens to be

seated in a stool before the easel. She broadly smiles,

revealing the worst dental work of her epoch. Da Vinci

shakes his head and moves out onto a

APPRENTICE #1

Maestro, (siammo pronti).

5 OMITTED 5

HUDSON HAWK -Rev. 11/29/90 3.

5A EXT. CASTLE TERRACE 5A

DA VINCI:

Que bel lavoro.

GLIDER PILOT:

Maestro, non penso sia una buona

idea.

DA VINCI:

Non te preoccupare. Sieta pronti?

APPRENTICE #1

Siamo pronti, maestro.

DA VINCI:

Via, fatame vedere qua causa di bona!

Glider goes. Leonardo muses. The bat winged glider

DISSOLVES into:

5B AHAWK 5B

who is revealed to be flying over Sing Sing prison. At

the sight of the prison, the music on the soundtrack

abruptly changes from Renaissance Orchestral to Jimi

Hendrix's "Stone Free."

6 INT. A SING SING CELL BLOCK 6

SKEETER:

O.K., one coat, one hat. Some personal

items. There's your wallet. I think

you'll find everything in there.

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Steven E. de Souza

Steven Edward de Souza (born November 17, 1947) is an American producer, director and screenwriter. He is among a handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over US$2 billion at the worldwide box office. more…

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