The Hudsucker Proxy
An ambitious but naive young man rapidly moves up the corporate ladder from the mailroom to the executive suite, unaware that he is part of the board of directors' nefarious scheme.
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: November 1, 2016
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Paul Newman|
|Performer:||Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Jim True, Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell & Steve Buscemi|
|Directed by||Joel Coen|
|Edited by||Thom Noble|
|Screenwriting by||Ethan Coen, Joel Coen & Sam Raimi|
|Composition by||Carter Burwell|
|Produced by||Ethan Coen|
|Director of Photography:||Roger Deakins|
Rating: 3/4 -- An impressive technical achievement--the period New York sets are to die for -- and its version of the invention of the hula-hoop is a comic highlight. Full Review
Rating: C -- A pastiche of a movie that lacks distinct identity and authenticity, made up of borrowed parts from scrwball comedies Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, and Preston Sturges. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Movies are, after all, about fakery; so is the story of Norville's rise and fall and redemption.
New York Times
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.
A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Criminally overlooked and sinfully wonderful Coen brothers comedy. Jennifer Jason Leigh is just flawless here.
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
Description by OLDIES.com:
Mailroom clerk Norville Barnes is a rube, a schmo, a grade-A ding-dong -- just what Hudsucker Industries wants in a president. With him at the top, the stock will hit bottom... and the fat cats on the board can take over. But Norville (Tim Robbins) has his own spiffy little plan. And if a snoopy reporter (Jennifer Jason Leigh) doesn't put the kibosh on the Hudsucker flimflam and finagling big cheese Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman) doesn't squash him, Norville's idea will put a smile on the hips of all America.