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The Hudsucker Proxy -- A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

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11 March 1994 (USA) See more »
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A Comedy of Invention. See more »
Plot:
A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Robbins ... Norville Barnes

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Amy Archer

Paul Newman ... Sidney J. Mussburger

Charles Durning ... Waring Hudsucker

John Mahoney ... Chief
Jim True-Frost ... Buzz (as Jim True)

Bill Cobbs ... Moses

Bruce Campbell ... Smitty

Harry Bugin ... Aloysius
John Seitz ... Benny

Joe Grifasi ... Lou
Roy Brocksmith ... Board Member
John Wylie ... Board Member
I.M. Hobson ... Board Member
Gary Allen ... Board Member
John Scanlan ... Board Member
Richard Woods ... Board Member
Jerome Dempsey ... Board Member (as Jerome Dempsy)
Peter McPherson ... Board Member
David Byrd ... Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner

Christopher Darga ... Mail Room Orienter

Patrick Cranshaw ... Ancient Sorter (as Pat Cranshaw)
Robert Weil ... Mail Room Boss
Mary Lou Rosato ... Mussburger's Secretary
Ernest Sarracino ... Luigi the Tailor (as Ernie Sarracino)
Eleanor Glockner ... Mrs. Mussburger
Kathleen Perkins ... Mrs. Braithwaite
Joseph Marcus ... Sears Braithwaite of Bullard

Peter Gallagher ... Vic Tenetta

Noble Willingham ... Zebulon Cardoza
Barbara Ann Grimes ... Mrs. Cardoza

Thom Noble ... Thorstenson Finlandson

Steve Buscemi ... Beatnik Barman
William Duff-Griffin ... Newsreel Scientist

Anna Nicole Smith ... Za-Za
Pamela Everett ... Dream Dancer
Arthur Bridgers ... The Hula-Hoop Kid (as Arthur Bridges)

Sam Raimi ... Hudsucker Brainstormer
John Cameron ... Hudsucker Brainstormer
Skipper Duke ... Mr. Grier
Jay Kapner ... Mr. Levin

Jon Polito ... Mr. Bumstead
Richard Whiting ... Ancient Puzzler
Linda McCoy ... Coffee Shop Waitress

Stan Adams ... Emcee

John Goodman ... Newsreel Announcer (as Karl Mundt)

Joanne Pankow ... Newsreel Secretary
Mario Todisco ... Norville's Goon

Colin Fickes ... Newsboy
Dick Sasso ... Drunk in Alley
Jesse Brewer ... Mailroom Screamer
Philip Loch ... Mailroom Screamer (as Phil Loch)
Stan Lichtenstein ... Mailroom Screamer

Todd Alcott ... Mailroom Screamer
Ace O'Connell ... Mailroom Screamer

Richard Schiff ... Mailroom Screamer
Frank Jeffreys ... Mailroom Screamer (as Frank Jeffries)
Lou Criscuolo ... Mailroom Screamer
Michael Earl Reid ... Mailroom Screamer

Mike Starr ... Newsroom Reporter
David Hagar ... Newsroom Reporter (as Dave Hagar)
Willie Reale ... Newsroom Reporter
Harvey Meyer ... Newsroom Reporter
Tom Toner ... Newsroom Reporter
David Fawcett ... Newsroom Reporter

Jeff Still ... Newsreel Reporter
David Gould ... Newsreel Reporter
Gil Pearson ... Newsreel Reporter
Marc Garber ... Newsreel Reporter
David Massie ... Newsreel Reporter

Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Newsreel Reporter (as Mark Miller)

Peter Siragusa ... Newsreel Reporter
Nelson George ... Newsreel Reporter
Mike Houlihan ... Newsreel Reporter (as Michael Houlihan)
Ed Lillard ... Newsreel Reporter
Wantland Sandel ... New Year's Mob

James Deuter ... New Year's Mob

Roderick Peeples ... New Year's Mob (as Rick Peeples)
Cynthia Baker ... New Year's Mob
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Bayley ... Temple Masseuse (uncredited)
Bryan Keith DeBose ... Orderly (uncredited)
Steve Head ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Jack Rooney ... Man at Merchandise Mart (uncredited)
Keith Schrader ... Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by) &
Sam Raimi (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Graham Place .... co-producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie McDonald 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... key makeup artist (as Jean A. Black)
Susan Buffington .... additional hair stylist
Cydney Cornell .... hair designer
Gilliane McAlister .... additional makeup artist
Lydia Milars .... makeup artist
Alyson Murphy .... additional hair stylist (as Alison Murphy)
Rita Troy .... additional hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist: Mr. Newman
Melissa A. Yonkey .... second hair stylist (as Melissa Yonkey)
Lun Yé Hodges .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
James Lacey .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Terri Clemens .... unit manager: Chicago
Alma Kuttruff .... production manager
Gilly Ruben .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Addington .... second assistant director
John Cameron .... first assistant director (as Victor Malone)
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... second second assistant director
Sam Raimi .... second unit director
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Steve Arnold .... assistant art director
Paige Augustine .... set dresser
Kip Bartlett .... set dresser
Troy Borisy .... lead man: Chicago
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor (as Thomas Brown)
Linda Cathey .... set dresser
Lauren Coccia .... art department assistant
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer (as Gina Cranham)
James M. Davis .... construction foreman (as Jim Davis)
Tony Fanning .... set designer
Brian Fong .... property assistant
Claire Gaul .... set dresser
Robert Greenfield .... lead man
Todd Hatfield .... stand-by painter
Tammy High .... construction accountant (as Tammy B. High)
Thomas M. Jones .... assistant props: Chicago (as Tom Jones)
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... set dresser (as Tinker Linville)
Bill Luckey .... assistant property master
John Mikels .... stand-by painter: Chicago
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer
James Sims .... signwriter
Matthew Sullivan .... on-set dresser
Richard Toyon .... set designer (as Richard Yanez)
Richard Waldrop .... property master: second unit (as Richard 'Petie' Waldrop)
Chris Crowder .... gang boss (uncredited)
Keith Darwin .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
K. Drew Fuller .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert L. Girard .... gang boss (uncredited)
Michael J. Hall .... carpenter (uncredited)
Lillian Heyward .... signwriter (uncredited)
George Lee .... painter (uncredited)
John W. Morgan .... scenic painter (uncredited)
James Passanante .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Barry Spencer .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Michael A. Wells .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording engineer
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Jean Marie Carroll .... sound recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley walker (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording engineer
Chris Fielder .... sound assistant
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Robert Hein .... dialogue editor (as Bob Hein)
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kenton Jakub .... adr assistant (as Kenton Jacob)
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Sylvia Menno .... sound assistant
Eliza Paley .... foley editor
Glenfield Payne .... apprentice sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Daniel Richter .... sound recordist: Chicago (as Dan Richter)
Gail Showalter .... adr editor (as Gail Stockton)
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Fred Rosenberg .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph B. Alexander .... fabricator: mechanical effects
Heather Barton .... production assistant: mechanical effects
Peter Chesney .... mechanical effects (as Peter M. Chesney)
Tom Chesney .... technician: mechanical effects (as Thomas C. Chesney)
Glenn E. Doell .... technician: mechanical effects
Bruce Allan Donnellan .... fabricator: mechanical effects (as Bruce Donellan)
Roderic 'Mick' Duff .... leadman: mechanical effects (as Roderic E. Duff)
Joe Heffernan .... technician: mechanical effects
Emmet Kane .... gang boss: mechanical effects
Ralph Kerr .... lead fabricator: mechanical effects
Ralph Kerr .... rigger: mechanical effects
Jennifer Lamb .... technician: mechanical effects
Jennifer McManus .... fabricator: mechanical effects
Phil Notaro .... fabricator: mechanical effects
David C. Ryan .... technician: mechanical effects
Derek Smith .... assistant technician: mechanical effects (as Derek J. Smith)
Kate Steinberg .... effects liaison: mechanical effects
Thomas Zell .... technician: mechanical effects
Jarn Heil .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Paul Meehan .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Thomas Quinn .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Albright .... miniature neon: miniature effects
Eric Bartsch .... best boy grip: blue screen unit (as Eric G. Bartsch)
Ryan Bartsch .... best boy grip: visual effects unit (as Ryan "Richie" Bartsch)
Logan R. Berkshire .... key grip: visual effects unit
Richard Brooks Burton .... gyrosphere technician: blue screen unit
Steve Cainas .... production assistant: blue screen unit (as Steve Caines)
Sean M. Casey .... digital matte painter: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Richard L. Cohen .... matte painter (as Rich Cohen)
Luis Colina .... visual effects editor
Mary Corcoran .... stand-by modelmaker: miniature effects
Chris Cowan .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera assistant: visual effects unit (as Joseph C. D'Alessandro)
Louis F. DiFelice .... production coordinator: blue screen unit
Kat Dillon .... co-producer: visual effects unit
Bob Finley III .... gaffer: blue screen unit (as Robert Finley III)
R.C. David Freund .... key modelmaker: miniature effects (as David Freund)
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Leila Gilbert .... model shop controller: miniature effects
Peter Girolami .... best boy electric: visual effects unit (as Peter R. Girolami)
Henry Gonzales .... crew chief: miniature effects
Roy Goode .... lead model mechanics: miniature effects
Chris Gorak .... designer: miniature effects
Rufus Granger Jr. .... dolly grip: blue screen unit
Rufus Granger Jr. .... key grip: blue screen unit
Ron Gress .... lead model painter: miniature effects
Tom Griep .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Pete Hanson .... digital compositor: CFC (as Peter Hanson)
Sarkis Hardy .... model shop foreman: miniature effects
Gerald D. Hatchell .... grip: blue screen unit (as Gerald Dwayne Hatchell)
Peter Hawkins .... rigger: visual effects unit
Adam Hill .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Tom Hinson Sr. .... key rigging grip: blue screen unit
Edward Hirsh .... project manager: blue screen unit (as Edward T. Hirsch)
Diane Holland .... digital matte painter: ILM
Ian Hunter .... chief modelmaker: miniature effects
Paul Huston .... digital matte painter: ILM
Parker Jason Jarvis .... production assistant: visual effects unit
Karen Williams Kane .... camera assistant: blue screen unit
Charles Laughon .... video playback: blue screen unit
Jeffrey A. Leake .... key modelmaker: miniature effects (as Jeff Leake)
Jennifer Luther .... assistant coordinator: visual effects unit
Kim Marks .... director of photography: blue screen unit (as Kim Foster Marks)
Gary Marvis .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Jeff Matakovich .... additional opticals: Optical Illusions, Inc.
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects producer
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick McAllister .... electrician: blue screen unit
Roni McKinley .... digital matte painter: ILM
Heather Eloise McLellan .... production assistant: blue screen unit
Robert T. Morales .... key modelmaker: miniature effects (as Robert Morales)
Michelle Morgan .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Mark Nelmes .... digital compositor: CFC
Kerry Nordquist .... digital matte painter: ILM
Michael O'Brien .... motion control rigger: visual effects unit (as Michael "Dukester" O'Brien)
Gail Oda .... production coordinator: miniature effects
David Owen .... digital matte painter: ILM
Chris Panton .... digital compositor: CFC
Arnold Peterson .... assistant camera: visual effects unit (as Arnold E. Peterson)
Arnold Peterson .... motion control technician: visual effects unit (as Arnold E. Peterson)
Alan Pickelsimer .... electrician: blue screen unit
Janos Pilenyi .... additional opticals: Reel Effects (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Joshua Pines .... digital matte painter: ILM (as Josh Pines)
Jeff Pyle .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Renee Rabache .... model painter: miniature effects
Martin Rosenberg .... motion control supervisor: visual effects unit
Daniel Samppala .... stand-by modelmaker: miniature effects (as Daniel "DBoy" Samppala)
Joan Schneider .... model shop purchaser: miniature effects
Paula Schneider .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Scott Schneider .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Dennis Schultz .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
David Schwarz .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Jerry Siegel .... additional opticals: Eastern Optical EFX
Kyle Silver .... intern: visual effects unit
Russ Simpson .... miniature window manufacturer: miniature effects
Janek Sirrs .... digital compositor: CFC (as Janek Sims)
Robert Spurlock .... miniature effects
Rachael Steegar .... intern: visual effects unit
Mark Stetson .... miniature effects
Erik Stohl .... lead model electronics: miniature effects
Mark Sullivan .... matte painter
Tommy Ray Sullivan .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Stephen Thompson .... best boy electric: blue screen unit
Pat Turner .... director of photography: visual effects unit (as Patrick Turner)
Yusei Uesugi .... digital matte painter: ILM
Dick Van Newkirk .... grip: blue screen unit
Mark Vogel .... electrician: blue screen unit (as Mark Scott Vogel)
Bruce Walters .... digital matte painter: ILM
Chris Watts .... coordinator: visual effects unit
Alan Williams .... rigger: visual effects unit
George Willis .... key modelmaker: miniature effects
Janet Yale .... digital compositor: CFC
Dana Yuricich .... crew chief: miniature effects
Michael Arias .... computer graphics: title and newsreel sequences (uncredited)
Ed Blakely .... visual effects video assist operator (uncredited)
Susan Adele Colletta .... digital matte production manager: ILM (uncredited)
Tom Gleason .... special effects model maker (uncredited)
W.D. Hill .... rigging grip: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Andy Hudson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kim Libreri .... senior software engineer (uncredited)
Chris Watts .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Edson Williams .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Copeman .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Dean Mumford .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tracey Cuesta .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Allen Jr. .... grip: Chicago
Bruce Atwater .... rigging grip
Michael Bonsignore .... company grip
Jim Bridges .... special photographer
Jim Bridges .... unit photographer
Stephen Brock .... electrician
Robin Brown .... first assistant camera
Kristina Byrd .... second assistant camera: second unit
Scott Canfield .... rigging electrician
Kurt Chatfield .... rigger
Steve Cohagan .... best boy electric: second unit
Thomas C. Cook .... company grip
Tricia Cooke .... second second assistant camera
Kelly Curry .... electrician (as Kelly Dale Curry)
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer: second unit
Lynn Dodson .... rigging electrician (as Lynn [L.D.] Dodson)
Richard Eliano .... first assistant camera: second unit
Paul Elliott .... director of photography: second unit
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Richie Ford .... rigging gaffer
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Mark Graves .... rigging electrician (as Mark D. Graves)
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Russell Hardee .... rigging grip (as Russell W. Hardee)
Billy Hendricks .... rigging electrician (as Billy Bob Hendricks)
Marc Hirschfeld .... Steadicam assistant
Robert Hoelen .... company grip
Thomas A. Holland .... generator operator: second unit
Derek Jensen .... grip: second unit
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Ron Leahy .... grip: Chicago (as Ronald Leahy)
Mark R. Lindberg .... electrician: Chicago (as Mark Lindberg)
John Lowry .... head rigging grip
Robin Melhuish .... second assistant camera
William Moore .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mike Moyer .... electrician: Chicago (as Michael Moyer)
Thomas C. Nisbet .... electrician
Robert Noe .... rigger
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
Steven Pehl .... best boy grip: second unit (as Steve Pehl)
Michael Pizzuto .... key grip: second unit
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator (as Frederick Raphael)
Allan 'Pepe' Richardson .... rigger (as Allan [Pepe] Richardson)
Peyton Skelton .... grip: second unit
Bill Summers .... grip: second unit
Dascious Thomas .... rigger (as Fleather D. Thomas III)
Jack Vollers .... electrician: second unit
Adam Hinson .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. Loy .... rigger (uncredited)
Cristiano Palermi .... rigging set lighting technician (uncredited)
Steve Skinner .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting assistant
Sandra Dawes .... casting: North Carolina (as Sandra D. Dawes)
Tracy Kilpatrick .... casting assistant
Arnold Mungioli .... casting assistant
Christine Sheaks .... casting assistant
Sally Tannenbaum .... casting assistant
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tammy Adams .... extras set costumer
Mark Bridges .... additional costume designer
Eden Clark Coblenz .... additional assistant costume designer (as Eden Clark)
Patrick Dorman .... additional assistant costume designer
Lisa A. Doyle .... extras set costumer (as Lisa Doyle)
Joie Hutchinson .... extras costume supervisor
Karen Naser .... costume draper (as Karen Nasser)
Elizabeth Passman .... assistant set costumer: Chicago
Ellen Ryba .... costume supervisor
Keith Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Anna M. Welcome .... assistant costume supervisor (as Anna Welcome)
Dale Wibben .... costume cutter: Ms. Leigh
Dale Wibben .... costume draper: Ms. Leigh
Mary Zophres .... assistant costume designer (as Aroli Mary Zophres)
Catherine Bayley .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Cameron Doyle .... seamstress (uncredited)
Deborah Pollard Matthews .... costumer (uncredited)
Alice Powell .... seamstress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tricia Cooke .... assistant editor
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative cutter: N&D Film & Video (as Nick DiBeneditto)
David Diliberto .... apprentice editor (as Big Dave)
Carol A. Ellison Fleming .... assistant editor
Jordan Dawes .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
John Finklea .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Bo Webb .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
Edmund Choi .... assistant to composer
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Kyle Gordon .... singer
Shari Johanson .... music assistant (as Shari Schwartz)
Todd Kasow .... music adaptor
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Edgar De Lange .... composer: song "Flying Home" (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Brockman .... driver: Mr. Newman
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain: Chicago
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator: Chicago (as Dick DeAngelo)
Lynda Dedmon .... driver
Cathie Hegler Godwin .... driver
Jeff Long .... transportation captain
David Outlaw .... driver
Bill Pitts .... transportation coordinator
Greg Stancil .... driver (as Gregory Stancil)
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raymond Bulinski .... craft service: Chicago (as Ray Bulinski)
Susan Carpenter .... key set production assistant: second unit
Dan Cracchiolo .... executive: Silver Pictures
George Davis .... set medic
Wesley Fata .... choreographer
Holly Gent Palmo .... production coordinator
Karen Ruth Getchell .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Gilmer .... production coordinator: second unit (as Christy N.Gilmer)
Rob Goldman .... office production assistant
Karol Griffiths .... assistant: Joel and Ethan Coen (as Karol Siegel)
Robert Grindrod .... production accountant (as Robert J. Grindrod)
Margaret Hayes .... large Marge
James Alan Hensz .... set production assistant (as Jim Hensz)
Therese Honeycutt .... craft service (as Theresa Honeycutt)
Art Hoover .... caterer
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Margaret McCourt .... accountant: Chicago
Peter McManus .... first assistant accountant
Heidi Mehltretter .... location coordinator
Mary Weisgerber Meyer .... production associate (as Mary Weisgerber)
Kimberly K. Miller .... location coordinator: Chicago (as Kim Miller)
Donald Murphy .... set production assistant
Stephanie P. O'Brien .... set production assistant (as Stephanie O'Brien)
Darice O'Mara .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Barry J. Phillips .... third assistant accountant
Macall B. Polay .... second assistant accountant
Wendy Richardson .... production secretary (as Wendy E. Richardson)
Sharon Smith .... assistant craft service
O'Brian Tomalin .... assistant: Mr. Robbins (as O'Brien Tomalin)
George Whitley .... office production assistant (as George "Moon" Whitley)
Ken Young .... caterer
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
James J. Burke .... stand-in: Tim Robbins (uncredited)
Alexander Johnston .... location coordinator: Wilmington, NC (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Gerald F. Nichols .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Senor Greazer .... special thanks (as Señor Greaser)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements
Runtime:
111 min
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Trivia:
Cameo: [Sam Raimi]in the Hula Hoop manufacturing sequence as one of the Hudsucker brainstormers. We don't see his face, only his silhouette and we hear his voice.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In stock footage of kids enjoying the Hula Hoop the American flag has 50 stars. The U.S. flag had 48 stars in 1958.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Moses the Clock Man:That's right. New York. Nineteen fifty eight.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #27.62" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
CarmenSee more »

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What are the names that the two creative guys throw around while trying to name the Hula Hoop?
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57 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Don't like black & white films? Read on..., 24 June 2004
Author: (mr.moo@softhome.net) from West Yorkshire, England

As I have seen this film more times than I can count, I could just describe it to you in the minutest of detail, but that's been done on here many times already. What I will say is this: If you've never been interested in those 'old' films (i.e. anything before 'Police Academy 5'), then please read what I've got to say, and then watch this film.

First though, a (very) brief history of film comedy:

In the beginning, there were silent films. Charlie Chaplin made some, and generally speaking, they were rubbish.

Then came 'The Talkies', and comedy films began to include - you guessed it - talking. However, they were mostly still just people getting hit on the head by pianos, and as such, they were funny, but not exactly thought-provoking...

Then there was 'screwball'; an awful description of some of the finest and funniest films ever made, which used fast-talking, wise-cracking characters to devastating effect. Preston Sturges did them better than anyone else, and suddenly, films were funny AND clever.

This film then, is the Coen Brother's tribute to their hero, and it is staggering. It has loads of the hallmarks of your typical, great Coen Brothers film - stunning to look at, great voice-over, funny looking fat-faced people, etc, but best bit of all is the dialogue, which easily stands up to to comparison with that of any of the 'classic' screwball comedies, and therefore, with the best of all time.

A word of warning, though - don't expect to be able to sit back and take in everything this movie has to give without concentrating. A lot of the talking in it is FAST, and the gags come so quick that if you're not careful, you WILL miss some perfectly-crafted little vignette on life, and you'll have to use the rewind button.

As you can probably tell, I really can't describe how good this film actually is. All I will say is that I highly recommend watching it on Christmas Eve, like I do every year, as seeing it will fill your heart with so much joy that the impending fights with close relatives will seem a million miles away...

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