The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen concocted this stylish screwball comedic amalgam of Frank Capra and Howard Hawks. Tim Robbins stars as Norville Barnes, a dull-wit from Muncie, Indiana who wrangles a job with the big Hudsucker Industries. He has a singular idea for a new children's toy that he wants to present to corporate executive Sidney J. Mussberger (Paul Newman). As he makes his way up to Mussberger's office, the company president Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) is on his way down -- through the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , , ,
Written By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 1999
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Norville Barnes

as Sidney J. Mussburger

as Hudsucker

as Vic Tenetta

as Zebulon Cardozo

as Beatnik Barman

as Mr. Bumstead

as Moses

as Board Member

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as Dr. Hugo Bronfenbren...

as Mail Room Orienter

as Ancient Sorter

as Mail Room Boss

as Mussburger's Secreta...

as Luigi the Tailor

as Luigi the Taylor

as Mrs. Mussburger

as Mrs. Braithwaite

as Sears Braithwaite of...

as Mrs. Cardozo

as Thorstenson Finlands...

as Newsreel Scientist

as Dream Dancer

as The Hula-Hoop Kid

as Hudsucker Brainstorm...

as Hudsucker Brainstorm...

as Mr. Grier

as Newsroom Reporter

as Mr. Levin

as Ancient Puzzler

as Newsroom Reporter

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as Coffe Shop Waitress

as Newsroom Reporter

as Newsroom Reporter

as Newsreel Announcer

as Newsroom Reporter

as Newsreel Secretary

as New Year's Mob

as Norville's Goon

as New Year's Mob

as Newsboy

as Drunk in Alley

as Mailroom Screamer

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Critic Reviews for The Hudsucker Proxy

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

A visually arresting but emotionally uninvolving dark comedy.

November 6, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A jeering, dreamlike comedy with nothing much on its mind except how neat the Coen brothers are and how stupid or contemptible everybody else is, including everyone in the audience.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Nearly everything in the Coen brothers' latest and biggest film seems like a wizardly but artificial synthesis, leaving a hole in the middle where some emotion and humanity should be.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Few of the Coen Brothers' films spike the vein of pure pleasure as easily. It's an irresistibly loquacious, unpredictably riotous comedy that dares you to keep up with its daffiness and doesn't give a damn whether you get left behind.

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Hudsucker Proxy

Saw it this time on DVD. Very mannered and art-deco stylish and Tim Robbins is perfect as the rube from Muncie, which I just love saying....Muncie, Muncie, Muncie. As anyone who has every worked in a corporation knows, this movie is spot-on send-up of that weird subculture culminating in the required moment of silence for the deceased president which will then be docked from the employees pay. Perfect. Jennifer Jason Leigh is superb as the double-dealing dame and Paul Newman was suprisingly sinister as what's his name. While I actually didn't remember any of it from the first time I saw it -- which is usually a sign of ordinary plot and stereotypical characters in my case-- the rest of the movie's themes and loook more than made up for it.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Really my least favorite of all the Coen's films. Weak performances from the leads.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Its a kid's coen brothers movie. Entertaining from beginning to the end with Tim Robbins playing a great role along with Paul Newman. Its not daring or bold, but its stylish and fun.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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