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The Hudsucker Proxy

A movie directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

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Don't judge the movie by the title

  • Nov 5, 2001
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I admit I didn't see this movie for years because of its strange title, but it kept appearing in various places. Finally, I put it on my "to watch" list and it was an enjoyable movie.

Waring Hudsucker, head of Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, come up with a plan to make a lot of money and appoint a moron to run the company and drive down stock prices.

When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and co. plan to buy the stock for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes.

They select Norville Barnes, who has just started working in the mail room. Norville doesn't quite have the drive to avoid running the company into the ground. Reporter Amy Archer suspects something begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.

If you're looking for a fun movie with odd twists and humor, you'll get it here. This was not as far out as "Fargo" or as gross as "Evil Dead" and viewers get the opportunity to see the Coen Brothers and Sam Raimi in action without the violence, blood, and gore. First thing I thought is that this reminded me of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and it is along those lines with the main character rising to the top right away rather than halfway through the show.

The movie does have flaws, but it doesn't prevent anyone from enjoying it.

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review by . February 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
When Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) pulls a small creased and stained scrap of paper from his shoe to show his new company's boss (Paul Newman) his great idea, he points eagerly to the circle penned on the square, and when Newman just blinks disgustedly at him, Barnes says "you know, for kids". This of course is after a stunning barrage of events that started the movie:     --Hudsucker Industries has just had its best year ever with all signs looking up, but company founder Hudsucker …
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2013
Hayseed from the midwest fresh out of college gets an entry level position at a huge company and moved up to the presidency as a way of depressing stocks so that the board can take ownership. Fast talk doesn't carry many laughs with the regular Coen wackos in comedy and the story depends on some phenominal production design to carry it the film which it thankfully does.
review by . May 17, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Newman - what a friggin guy!     Cons: ...     Quite a bizarre twist of fate. President and CEO of Hudsucker Industries has taken that fatal big step out of the top floor window. Suddenly a high profile position in a relatively successful company is available and is given to all people - a mail room boy. Of course, there is a foul plan afoot, why else choose this unknown for a high power position?      Chairman of the board, Sidney …
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The Coen brothers (Raising Arizona,Fargo) have become the most consistently original filmmakers in the land. In a salute/reworking of the fast-talking comedies of the '40s, we follow Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) and his amazing rise to the top. But he's only a puppet for the evil Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman), who wants the company for himself. The Coens' design is the real star, and their first big-budget film will stimulate movie fans. The story weakens in the middle, but you will find very few films that move with this much imagination. As a Kate Hepburn hybrid, Jennifer Jason Leigh is wonderful in an almost unplayable role. The less you know about the film, the better it plays, so just think of it asHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Tryingmixed withBraziland every journalistic drama made before 1960. Cowritten by Sam Raimi.--Doug Thomas
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