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

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of Sidney J. Mussburger. See more »


Near the end of the film, when Norville walks out of the juice bar, one of the album covers hanging on the wall on the right hand side of the screen is Tom Lehrer Revisited (Lehrer Records TL 201). This is supposed to take place on December 31, 1958, however that album was not recorded until November 23 & 24, 1959 (side 1) and March 21 & May 4, 1960 (side 2), and its cover photo was not taken until June 29, 1960. The album was released in the second half of 1960. See more »


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

Apprentice Editor David Diliberto is credited as "Big Dave" and Margaret Hayes is credited as "Large Marge". See more »


References The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) See more »


Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
From the ballet "Spartacus"
Composed by Aram Khachaturyan
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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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