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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

 -  Comedy  -  11 March 1994 (USA)
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John Seitz ...
Benny
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Lou
Roy Brocksmith ...
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John Wylie ...
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I.M. Hobson ...
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Gary Allen ...
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Storyline

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. Written by Reid Gagle

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A Comedy of Invention. See more »

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran salto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,869,369 (USA)
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Trivia

Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner, the psychiatrist who evaluated Norville for the board, was likely named after famous developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner. See more »

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Za-Za is standing next to Buzz when he hits Norville. After Norville falls to the ground, Za-Za is missing from the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Moses the Clock Man: That's right. New York. Nineteen fifty eight.
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In A Sentimental Mood
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In my opinion, this is a very underrated movie.
22 August 1998 | by (Highland, CA) – See all my reviews

I cannot understand why this movie has not earned the respect it deserves. Norville Barnes represents high hopes and bright ideas, and when he starts out his intentions are pure. But when money makes him lose his focus, only love can put him back on the right track. Tim Robbins and Jennifer Jason Leigh are masterful in this movie, which is one of my personal favorites.


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