HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


HARRY IN YOUR POCKET
1973, MGM Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Bruce Geller

Ray (Michael Sarrazin) is a pickpocket working the Seattle train station when he’s caught red-handed by Sandy (Trish Van Devere), but as she confronts this second-rate thief, someone else makes off with her cash. When Ray agrees to help his would-be mark, the two fall in with Harry (James Coburn) and his mentor, Casey (Walter Pidgeon), a pair of expert pickpockets, or “cannons.” Learning from the best, Ray and Sandy become an integral part of the team - but Ray’s ambitions, Harry’s attraction to Sandy, and Casey’s taste for cocaine threaten to derail the entire operation. Featuring a score by Lalo Schifrin, HARRY IN YOUR POCKET revels in the law and lingo of larceny, and has a touch of the same gleeful mischief that made THE STING such a hit.


PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID
1973, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah’s take on the famous outlaw’s rise and fall is nothing less than magnificent - a sprawling, plaintive, achingly exquisite reflection on loss of all kinds. Billy (Kris Kristofferson) and his loose-knit gang (among them Bob Dylan, who also supplied the beautiful score) butt heads with cattle industry interests devouring the countryside, something that steers them onto a collision course with old comrade and new sheriff, Pat Garrett (James Coburn). Watch for the "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door" sequence with Sheriff Baker (Slim Pickens) and his wife (Katy Jurado), one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful women in the history of Western cinema. With Harry Dean Stanton, R.G. Armstrong, Donnie Fritts, L.Q. Jones.


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