Hawks

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  • Tiggah 1 year ago
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the Best Films Most People Have Never Seen, December 22, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Hawks [VHS] (VHS Tape)
    This is, as your first editorial reviewer said, an undiscovered gem. The story of two terminally ill men who decide to go on a last fling, it is touching, poignant and hilarious. Dalton gives one of his best performances ever (he can be such a wonderful actor when he wants to be)and Janet McTeer is, as usual, terrific. Their oddessy is one that cannot have a happy ending and yet it does in its own way. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves discovering diamonds amidst the dross.

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  • 1 year ago
    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Delightful Film, August 4, 2001
    By 
    Tiggah (Calgary, Alberta Canada) –

    This review is from: Hawks [VHS] (VHS Tape)
    Fans of British comedy will be familiar with Roy Clarke (“Keeping Up Appearances,” “Open All Hours,” and “The Last of the Summer Wine”), who wrote the screenplay. If you enjoy Clarke’s distinctive, zany brand of British humour, you will enjoy this film. The actual storyline (and soundtrack) were written by Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), but the humour is all Roy Clarke. Lest anyone be shocked or offended, however, I should mention that this is not the family entertainment one normally expects from Clarke. The film is restricted and frequent use is made of the “F” word. Also, there are a few sexual references and about 5 minutes of nudity as the “sights” of Amsterdam’s red-light district are explored. It’s actually quite tame really; one sees far worse on Masterpiece Theatre (except for the swearing). I did think it worth mentioning, however, just so one knows what to expect.
    Briefly, the film is about an English solicitor (Timothy Dalton) and an American footballer (Anthony Edwards) who have terminal cancer and decide to spend their remission in the brothels of Amsterdam. The humour, being typically British, requires an extremely high level of competence in order to carry it off. Dalton and actress Janet McTeer have just such ability and do a superb job portraying their respective characters. McTeer is the real show-stealer–she’s just hilarious. I was not, I must confess, impressed with Anthony Edwards’ acting (which appeared, unfortunately, to be just that). Nevertheless, the other actors more than compensate, making this an enjoyable film all around.
    All in all, the humour and poignancy (which is never mawkish) are skilfully interwoven, and the film is (for the most part) very well acted. The result is a delightful, entertaining film (with a running time of 105 minutes). Recommended to fans of British humour, and especially to fans of Roy Clarke.

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  • 1 year ago
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good., August 11, 2001
    By A Customer
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    This review is from: Hawks [VHS] (VHS Tape)
    A great mind (Horace Walpole) once said, “Life is a comedy to those who think; a tragedy to those who feel”. This movie sums up this opinion quite brilliantly. Yes. There is a great message behind the story of this film. Both leads (Dalton and Edwards) are dying, yet aren’t we all? Indeed. However, the difference between them and us is that we need to be reminded of that, but THEY are living their life around their death sentence. They know it’s coming soon. It’s on their mind 24-7. And because of this, they learn valuable lessons about life and love. This movie is a joy from beginning to end. It makes you analyze your own life. So, if you understand the said quote at the beginning of this particular review, then you will understand this movie. As for acting, what can I say? Dalton is a joy, and certainly a most underrated actor. I admire the man. He took up such a challenging role at a time when he could have played much more Hollywood-ish ones, as opposed to this complex black comedy. That Hazel character acted wonderfully too. All in all, a movie not to be missed. P.S. GREAT SCREENPLAY!!!

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