The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)



Critic Consensus: Intriguingly strange and visually distinctive, The Hudsucker Proxy is ultimately almost -- but not quite -- as smart and absorbing as it needs to be.

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Sam Raimi and Joel and Ethan Coen wrote this stylish satire about the rapid rise of a naive mailroom clerk in the shark-filled waters of Hudsucker Industries.
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Tim Robbins
as Norville Barnes
Paul Newman
as Sidney J. Mussburger
Charles Durning
as Hudsucker
John Seitz
as Benny
Peter Gallagher
as Vic Tenetta
Noble Willingham
as Zebulon Cardozo
Steve Buscemi
as Beatnik Barman
Jon Polito
as Mr. Bumstead
Bill Cobbs
as Moses
Roy Brocksmith
as Board Member
I.M. Hobson
as Board Member
John Scanlan
as Board Member
Jerome Dempsy
as Board Member
John Wylie
as Board Member
Jerome Dempsey
as Board Member
Gary Allen
as Board Member
Richard Woods
as Board Member
Peter McPherson
as Board Member
David Byrd
as Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner
Christopher Darga
as Mail Room Orienter
Pat Cranshaw
as Ancient Sorter
Robert Weil
as Mail Room Boss
Mary Lou Rosato
as Mussburger's Secretary
Ernest Sarracino
as Luigi the Tailor
Ernie Sarracino
as Luigi the Taylor
Eleanor Glockner
as Mrs. Mussburger
Kathleen Rose Perkins
as Mrs. Braithwaite
Joseph Marcus
as Sears Braithwaite of Bullard
Barbara Ann Grimes
as Mrs. Cardozo
Thom Noble
as Thorstenson Finlandson
William Duff-Griffin
as Newsreel Scientist
Pamela Everett
as Dream Dancer
Arthur Bridges
as The Hula-Hoop Kid
Sam Raimi
as Hudsucker Brainstormer
John Cameron
as Hudsucker Brainstormer
Skipper Dune
as Mr. Grier
Mike Starr
as Newsroom Reporter
Jay Kapner
as Mr. Levin
Richard Whiting
as Ancient Puzzler
Tom Toner
as Newsroom Reporter
Linda McCoy
as Coffe Shop Waitress
David Fawcett
as Newsroom Reporter
Peter Siragusa
as Newsroom Reporter
Stan Adams
as Emcee
David Gould
as Newsroom Reporter
Karl F. Mundt
as Newsreel Announcer
Joanne Pankow
as Newsreel Secretary
Nelson George
as Newsroom Reporter
James Deuter
as New Year's Mob
Mario Todisco
as Norville's Goon
Cynthia Baker
as New Year's Mob
Colin Fickes
as Newsboy
Dick Sasso
as Drunk in Alley
Philip Loch
as Mailroom Screamer
Jesse Brewer
as Mailroom Screamer
Ed Lillard
as Newsroom Reporter
Stan Lichtenstein
as Mailroom Screamer
Ace O'Connell
as Mailroom Screamer
Frank Jeffries
as Mailroom Screamer
Phil Loch
as Mailroom Screamer
Todd Alcott
as Mailroom Screamer
Richard Schiff
as Mailroom Screamer
Lou Criscuolo
as Mailroom Screamer
Michael Earl Reid
as Mailroom Screamer
Harry Bugin
as Aloysius
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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
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If something brilliant is happening in The Hudsucker Proxy -- and you're meant to believe that it is -- it's apparent only to Ethan and Joel Coen.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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 oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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