As the current TV trails for Radio 4 has it, this is 'a curious bunch' indeed.
One of the subtle things I enjoyed about Hawks is how, despite his bravado, it's clear that Bancroft is just as terrified of death as Deckermensky is. His cynical humour and red nose wearing are just ways to deflect the issue at hand, to hide from the inevitable - indeed, the beanie hat he habitually wears is just another example of him hiding from his fate; its to cover the baldness his deteriorating condition has developed. But whether Deckermensky, almost the I to Bancroft's Withnail, realises this bullshit is never implicitly stated. Personally, I like to think he knows full well, but is happy to play along with it because it allows him his opportunity to actually face death the way Bancroft is proposing.
Hawks is a funny film - there are some genuine laugh out loud moments, and anyone familiar with scriptwriter Roy Clarke's sitcoms will spot his kind of vernacular in lines such as "You think you know someone and all the time he's got a foot called Gerald" - that neatly avoids the mawkish. Yes, it's dated and yes Barry Gibbs' score is partly responsible for that, but it's a nice experience and dammit if I didn't feel a bit saddened by the end.
One complaint though - whose idea was it to give Connie Booth just one line?
Fancy watching it? I've put it on YouTube