The Hudsucker Proxy

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Overview

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 window of the ...
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Overview

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 window of the forty-fourth floor boardroom! Hudsucker's death sets off a panic that Mussberger sees as an opportunity for taking over the company -- by installing a total incompetent in Hudsucker's place and devaluing the stock. When Barnes stumbles into Mussberger's office, Mussberger sees his pigeon and appoints Barnes as the new company president. The only problem is that the new product Barnes proposes for the company, the Hula Hoop, turns out to be a tremendous success, and Mussberger has difficulty manipulating his new corporate president.
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Editorial Reviews

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The biggest, busiest film the Coen brothers had created at the time, The Hudsucker Proxy found the team working with their largest budget and most oversized canvas to date, and meeting with an indifference they couldn't have anticipated. Past detractors had dismissed Coen efforts like Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing as exercises in pastiche, synthesizing found elements into a new contraption. Hudsucker Proxy fits firmly in that mold, but such charges matter only if you view them as flaws. Those who see matters otherwise should find Hudsucker thrilling through and through. Though clearly delighted with a budget to accommodate their wildest visual notions, the Coens nonetheless never let their vision get ahead of them, incorporating it all into re-creating a corporate America in the grips of the postwar economic boom, at once giddy and insecure with newfound prosperity. Into this world, they drop a sly reworking of Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and if their New York has an even meaner edge to it than Capra's, the film still ends up subscribing to the same endorsement of common decency and critique of urban elitism (with more than a few digs at heartless capitalism thrown in for good measure). Being a Coen film, decency comes embodied by a big lug, played by Tim Robbins, whose own obvious intelligence has never prohibited him from excelling at playing thick-skulled protagonists. He's nicely matched by Jennifer Jason Leigh as a jaded reporter, whose ability to convey real humanity beneath layers of mannerisms may make her the ideal Coen heroine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • UPC: 883316605684
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Norville Barnes
Jennifer Jason Leigh Amy Archer
Paul Newman Sidney J. Mussburger
Charles Durning Waring Hudsucker
John Mahoney Chief
Jim True Buzz
Bruce Campbell Smitty
Joe Grifasi Lou
John Seitz Benny
Steve Buscemi Beatnik Barman
Peter Gallagher Vic Tenetta
Gary Allen Board Member
Cynthia Baker New Year's Mob
Roy Brocksmith Board Member
Harry Bugin Aloysius
David Byrd Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner
John Cameron Creative Bullpen
Bill Cobbs Moses
Pat Cranshaw Ancient Sorter
Lou Criscuolo Mailroom Screamer
Christopher Darga Mail Room Orienter
Jerome Dempsey Board Member
James Deuter New Year's Mob
William Duff-Griffin Newsreel Scientist
David Fawcett Newsroom Reporter
Nelson George Newsroom Reporter
David Gould Newsroom Reporter
I.M. Hobson Board Member
Donna Isaacson
Ed Lillard Newsroom Reporter
Philip Loch Mailroom Screamer
John Lyons
Thom Noble Thorstenson Finlandson
Jon Polito Mr. Bumstead
Sam Raimi Creative Bullpen
Mary Lou Rosato Mussburger's Secretary
Ernest Sarracino Luigi the Tailor
Dick Sasso Drunk in Alley
John Scanlan Board Member
Richard Schiff Mailroom Screamer
Peter Siragusa Newsroom Reporter
Anna Nicole Smith Za Za
Mike Starr Newsroom Reporter
Mario Todisco Norville's Goon
Tom Toner Newsroom Reporter
Robert Weil Mail Room Boss
Richard Whiting Ancient Puzzler
Noble Willingham Zebulon Cardoza
Richard Woods Board Member
John Wylie Board Member
Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director, Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Jean A. Black Makeup
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Ethan Coen Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Isaacson Casting
Alma Kuttruff Production Designer
John Lyons Casting
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Thom Noble Editor
Graham Place Co-producer
Sam Raimi Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the Coens are completely amazing

    this movie is one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. it might not be the first time you watch it, but you always pick up something new every time you watch it. it's great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    What a great movie! It has all the charm of a classic, with some very modern touches. Tim Robbins is perfect in his role as someone who just 'fallen off the turnip truck' and into the presidency of a company in turmoil, that craves even more turmoil as far as its executives (and their stock interests) are concerned. It also has an amazing performance from Jennifer Jason Leigh as very Catherine Hepburn-esque journalist. Her dialogue is crackling with those drawn out vowel sounds that never seem to be taken into the context of a modern movie. Overall, this is a must see. Very imaginitive, very funny.

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