Hudsucker Proxy, The (1994)

A Comedy of Invention.

Original Title : Hudsucker Proxy, The
Director : Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Writer : Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Sam Raimi
Genre : Comedy
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Tim Bevan , Ethan Coen , Eric Fellner , Graham Place
Music : Carter Burwell
Photography : Roger Deakins
IMDB ID : 0110074
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Tim Robbins Norville Barnes
Jennifer Jason Leigh Amy Archer
Paul Newman Sidney J. Mussburger
Charles Durning Waring Hudsucker
John Mahoney Chief Editor Manhattan Argus
Jim True-Frost Buzz the Elevator Operator (as Jim True
Bill Cobbs Moses the Clock Man
Bruce Campbell Smitty, Argus Reporter
Harry Bugin Aloysius, Mussburger's Spy
John Seitz Bennie the Cabbie
Joe Grifasi Lou the Cabbie
Roy Brocksmith Board Member
John Wylie Board Member
I.M. Hobson Board Member
Gary Allen Board Member
John Scanlan Board Member
Richard Woods Board Member
Jerome Dempsey Board Member
Peter McPherson Board Member
David Byrd Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner
Christopher Darga Mail Room Orienter
Patrick Cranshaw Ancient Sorter
Robert Weil Mail Room Boss
Mary Lou Rosato Mussburger's Secretary
Ernest Sarracino Luigi the Tailor (as Ernie Sarracino
Eleanor Glockner Mrs. Mussburger
Kathleen Perkins Mrs. Braithwaite
Joseph Marcus Sears Braithwaite of Bullard
Peter Gallagher Vic Tenetta, Party Singer
Noble Willingham Zebulon Cardoza
Barbara Ann Grimes Mrs. Cardoza
Thom Noble Thorstenson Finlandson, Finnish Stockholder
Steve Buscemi Beatnik Barman at Ann's 440
William Duff-Griffin Newsreel Scientist
Anna Nicole Smith Za-Za, Norville's Girl
Pamela Everett Dream Dancer
Arthur Bridgers The Hula-Hoop Kid (as Arthur Bridges
Sam Raimi Hudsucker Brainstormer
John Cameron Hudsucker Brainstormer
Skipper Duke Mr. Grier
Jay Kapner Mr. Levin
Jon Polito Mr. Bumstead
Richard Whiting Ancient Puzzler
Linda McCoy Coffee Shop Waitress
Stan Adams Emcee
John Goodman Rockwell Newsreel Anouncer (as Karl Mundt
Joanne Pankow Newsreel Secretary
Mario Todisco Norville's Goon
Colin Fickes Newsboy
Dick Sasso Drunk in Alley
Jesse Brewer Mailroom Screamer
Philip Loch Mailroom Screamer
Stan Lichtenstein Mailroom Screamer
Todd Alcott Mailroom Screamer
Ace O'Connell Mailroom Screamer
Richard Schiff Mailroom Screamer
Frank Jeffries Mailroom Screamer
Lou Criscuolo Mailroom Screamer
Michael Earl Reid Mailroom Screamer
Mike Starr Newsroom Reporter
David Hagar Newsroom Reporter
Willie Reale Newsroom Reporter
Harvey Meyer Newsroom Reporter
Tom Toner Newsroom Reporter
David Fawcett Newsroom Reporter
Jeff Still Newsreel Reporter
David Gould Newsreel Reporter
Gil Pearson Newsreel Reporter
Marc Garber Newsreel Reporter
David Massie Newsreel Reporter
Mark Jeffrey Miller Newsreel Reporter (as Mark Miller
Peter Siragusa Newsreel Reporter
Nelson George Newsreel Reporter
Michael Houlihan Newsreel Reporter
Ed Lillard Newsreel Reporter
Wantland Sandel New Year's Mob
James Deuter New Year's Mob
Roderick Peeples New Year's Mob (as Rick Peeples
Cynthia Baker New Year's Mob rest of cast listed alphabetically
Jack Rooney Man at Merchandise Mart (uncredited


When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.


7/10 A big movie with big ideas that just don't seem very surprising or satisfying. Aside from the almost goofy visuals of the sets, the pleasure here comes from some fine performances by Robbins, Newman, and Leigh, who is pretty one-note. Burwell's heavily borrowed score gives the film a lot of the dramatic weight that the script left out, in favor of that sweet Coen dialogue. 7/10
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