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 ...
Board Member


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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They took him for a fall guy... but he threw them for a hoop. 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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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 »


When the boy is playing with the hula hoop, a crowd of kids runs up to him. You can see a boy with a green shirt and yellow suspenders to the right of screen. But when the crowd runs off, this boy is to the left of the screen. 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 »


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By Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton
Courtesy of Regent Music Corporation/Jewel Music Publishing Co., Inc.
Performed by Duke Ellington
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A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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The comic and fantastic overflow in this joyous romp
4 December 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

This movie is the exception to the rule when they say, "They don't make 'em like they used to." Because the Coen Brothers and Sam Raimi sure did top them all with this one. Tim Robbins, along with the rest of the cast, is pitch perfect. From the first second of the movie to the last, my eyes are glazed over with utter fascination. Composer Carter Burwell is the next John Williams in my book. His score accents brilliantly every emotion witnessed. This movie is funny, romantic, perverse, and whimsical. It says a lot that after years of not making movies, Paul Newman chose to make this one.

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