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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  11 March 1994 (USA)
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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buzz (as Jim True)
John Seitz ...
Roy Brocksmith ...
Board Member
John Wylie ...
Board Member
I.M. Hobson ...
Board Member
Gary Allen ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


At Hudsucker industries there's a fast way to the top...and an even faster way down! See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$2,869,369 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The secretary of the Hudsucker brainstormers (uncredited Mary Beth Peil) is reading throughout the Hula Hoop manufacturing sequence the novels "War & Peace" and "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. The idea is to show that the brainstormers are really taking their time to determine the name of the product since the novels have, respectively, 1225 and 864 pages and are commonly known for being books you would spend a lot of time reading. In her case, if you'd consider 4 minutes per page, 8 hours a day, both books would've taken 18 days to read. See more »


The time period of this film is the last month of 1958, i.e., December. Yet, when the Hula Hoop hits the stores, the Toy store shown shows nothing indicating Christmas is only a few weeks away, and all but a few of the boys shown in that sequence are wearing short-sleeved shirts, impossible in a New York December. See more »


[first lines]
Moses the Clock Man: That's right. New York. Nineteen fifty eight.
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Crazy Credits

The foregoing was a fictional account of the development of the HULA HOOP® and the characters bear no resemblance to any real person or business concern. The HULA HOOP® was actually developed by the founders of the toy company WHAM-O®, a true American success story. WHAM-O® was subsequently responsible for the development of the FRISBEE® and numerous other toy products. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Flying Home
By Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton
Courtesy of Regent Music Corporation/Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Near-divine Capra spin

The Coens do Capra, with their inimitable style and wit. More specifically, this is the innocent hick in the corrupt big city thing of Mr. Smith, Mr Deeds and Meet John Doe, complete with Tim Robbins as a suitably lanky substitute for Jimmy Stewart and Gary Cooper, and a wonderful fast-talking tomboy journo turn from Jennifer Jason Leigh. Paul Newman is similarly fantastic as the evil corporate bigwig, and the tale of a patsy turning the tables on his manipulators through his own naivety and innocence is perfectly packed with inspired moments, wonderfully fantastic set design, nutty dialogue, great music and that streak of brilliant lunacy running through all of the Coens' magical oeuvre. Makes my "top ten of the decade" for sure, this beauty can only mature and grow in stature over time.

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