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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Comedy of Invention. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$2,869,369 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2016, this is the only PG-rated movie directed by the Coen Brothers. All of their other films have carried either R or PG-13 ratings. See more »


When Norville and Musburger get into the elevator together, the elevator doors open in the middle. When they get out on the first floor, the elevator doors open from one side to the other. 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 Crimewave (1985) 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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This film gets better with each subsequent viewing
22 February 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film, I enjoyed it. No doubt about it.

I wondered why some people didn't like it. What's not to like?

I saw it again, and paid more attention to some of the finer details, realizing what a rich, full textured film it was.

And yet again I saw it. Still more revelations.

In fact, every time I see it, and I'm sure to see it again, I enjoy it more and more with each subsequent viewing.

This film's narrative is nearly as perfect as the Hula Hoop itself, despite the albeit fictional account of the invention of said "dingus".

But it strikes me as odd and unfortunate when I encounter someone who's seen this and not enjoyed it.

All I can say is, have you tried it more than once? It isn't exactly what I'd call an acquired taste, but when you see how rich in detail and humour it is, you may begin to appreciate it for what it truly is; a great film that deserves a second chance. K.

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