The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

 


 

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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. Full summary »

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Fantasy,Romance

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
   
Release Date: 11 March 1994 (USA)
Country: UK , Germany , USA
Director: Joel Coen

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Cast:
  • Tim Robbins
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Paul Newman
  • Charles Durning
  • John Mahoney
  • Jim True-Frost
  • Bill Cobbs
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Harry Bugin
  • John Seitz
  • Joe Grifasi
  • Roy Brocksmith
  • John Wylie
  • I.M. Hobson
  • Gary Allen


33 Responses to The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

  1. Fruitmouse
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    Well perhaps "joke spolier".

    I loved the Proxy, immense. I think it comtains the longest running joke of any film I have ever seen, Tim Robbin’s character proudly proclaiming "you know….for kids!" as his baffled collegue inspects his "revolutionary invention".

    I found that so funny on it’s own – so when the "punchline" came at the end – well!!

    …And then I see the front cover on IMDB – and I am like what???

    I made this post kind of crytic so as not to give anything anyway – hopefully somebody knows what I am talking about.

    fM

  2. verycoolnin
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    I was expecting something a little more serious.

    It reminded me of The Spirit.

    Which isn’t a good thing…

  3. deleh
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    Does anybody know what the classical piece of music at the beginning is called, and who composed it?

  4. thesimonshow
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    For some reason, Simon has an ongoing quest to watch pretty much all of the Coen brothers movies and has recently watched and reviewed The Hudsucker Proxy.

    If you are interested in films and the Coen brothers, etc – do tune into the show and every week his quest will continue.

    http://simonandjofilmshow.podomatic.com/

    An Insight into the Screen!

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  5. shoutcast
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    it was cheesy and boring! i abhorred it, but everyone i know raves about it. i don’t understand why.

  6. gescha2002
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    In the beginning, Hudsucker commits suicide, but comes back later as an angel. Now, isn’t suicide a mortal sin?

  7. BigMeanieHead
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    1. Slinky

    2. Silly Putty

    3. Crayons

  8. CatherinetheCat
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    I had to turn of the sound when she started talking, most annoying thing I’ve ever heard!

    Great movie but that really was a negative.

  9. scoutkirkolson
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    I mean, isn’t it obvious?

  10. voided-1
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    Does anyone have any thoughts about these names? I suppose they are like God and Satan figures. I am confused that these particular biblical names are used.

    "Don’t leave us in the dark!"

  11. my_mom_says_im_cool
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    Does anybody know how involved Sam Raimi was in the production of The Hudsucker Proxy? I know he’s credited as a writer, but I rewatched this movie last night and there are a couple sequences (the blue letter reaction, the production and marketing of the hula hoop) that are pure Sam Raimi. Not that the Coens’ touch isn’t evident as well, but it just struck me how much of Sam Raimi’s visual touch was on this movie, it made me wonder if he did some uncredited second unit work or something? Anybody?

    Does the space cold make your nipples go all pointy?

  12. Oerbrood
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    Could anyone shed some light on the dancing sequence? I’m writing an essay on Coen Brothers movies and I’m supposed to understand every single bit, but I didn’t get the dancing dream. Is there any meaning, symbolism or whatsoever behind it?

  13. jcorbman
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    Does anyone else remember a MASH episode in which Klinger invents a hula-hoop, and wants Winchester to finance it. Then at the end of the episode, one of them stumbles on the idea for the Frisbee. Anyone thing the Coens inadvertantly ripped off MASH?

  14. ronangrace
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    Love this movie, and this line always cracks me up :)

    Amy talking about the invention of the hula hoop:

    "Finally, there’d be a thingamajig

    that would bring everyone together…

    …even if it kept them apart spatially."

    Another piece that gets me is Norville’s phone conversation with his first boss in the mail room. It doesn’t work in text of course, but the intonation of the boss on the "president of the company" line is hilarious. He’s just not listening to Norville at all.

    "Mailroom.

    Good afternoon, this is Norville Barnes.

    Barnes! Where the hell have you been? Where’s my voucher?

    I’m not sure.

    I need that voucher! I told you a week ago it was important!

    I’m president of the company now.

    I don’t care if you’re PRESIDENT of the company! I need the voucher now!"

  15. indica021
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    I read the comment on here saying this film is similar to Brazil. I’d go one further and say it’s more in line with something Tim Burton would do.

  16. johne23-1
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    Anyone know what Tim Robbins said in Finnish that provoked such a reaction?

  17. shinymcshine99
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    Given the fact the Coen Brothers often like working with the same actors I’m a bit surprised they’ve only worked with Tim Robbins in one film. Although I suppose there are regulars (Buscemi, McDormand, Turturro) and a few one-offs along the way (Hanks, Pitt) – so I guess this isn’t all that unusual. I just thought it was a bit weird becuase of how ideally suited Robbins is to playing the quirky characters they like to create.

    I can only guess that their working relationship wasn’t exactly all that it should be. Can anybody shed any light?

    What I like/dislike – http://www.imdb.com/mymovies/list?l=26452728

  18. james_is_spartacus
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    I watched this movie for the first time ten years ago and always looked back on fondly. Having watched it again only last night I found Jennifer Jason Leigh incredible to watch but impossible to listen to. So annoying that she really spoilt the movie.

    Anybody agree?

  19. geoffmss
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    Only on the second watching did I realise how much the latter part of this film is a homage to the great It’s A Wonderful Life. Apart from the obvious Angel scene – the scene in the juice bar, the exit into the snow, the flashback voices in his head, the stagger to suicide. Its all in both.

    Even in the Bar scene the drunken Robbins asks for a Martini. The Bar in It’s A Wonderful Life is "Martini’s".

  20. Anonymous
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  21. the_dude_abides_128
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    I’ve seen every Coen Bro’s movie except the Ladykillers, and this is the only one featuring Steve Buscemi in which he doesn’t die. I feel cheated.

    I’m a firm believer in the philosophy of a ruling class. Especially since I rule.

  22. snelling
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    After Paul Newman died, this movie was never mentioned as part of his oeuvre. He didn’t make many comedies and yet this film is constantly ignored.

    I need a cool Signature for way down here.

  23. Anonymous
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  24. TiCyB
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    Hello,

    I just finished watching this movie and now I’m wondering what the song played during the party (where Norville is talking to Sidney’s wife and her friend) is. I recognize it, it’s a classical tune, but I went to the soundtrack listing for the movie and it wasn’t listed. Does anyone know what the song is called?

  25. Anonymous
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  26. lubin-freddy
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    I’m repeating a post from the Politics Board:

    I was watching a CNN documentary about the health of American Presidents, and they were talking about how Nixon, when VP, was seeing a doctor/psychologist named Hugo Hutnetscher. They played an audio of a taped conversation with him, and he sounded just like Dr. Bronfenbrenner from "The Hudsucker Proxy". Did the Coens know something?

    "Sometimes you have to take the bull by the tail, and face the truth." G. Marx

  27. acemcgaffrey
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    I’d really love to know.

  28. plasticine_idol
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    I’ve been completely bewildered reading these boards! I love the Coen Brothers, and Hudsucker Proxy is easily my favorite movie, so imagine my surprise to find so many people unhappy with it.

    It seems to me that the biggest complaints are with the music and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Well, as for the music, I honestly didn’t notice, but it’s not unlike the Coen’s to have some strange sound elements (god, the fan in Blood Simple? talk about grating), but! But Jennifer Jason Leigh was the reason I loved the movie initially. I think she’s charming and funny. I love the "shut up" scene, which I think really encapsulates her character best: fast-talking, ball-busting, knows-what-she-wants kind of gal. It was all very His Girl Friday, which works so well for a movie this campy.

    I think that may be the biggest complaint with the movie at large: it’s campy as hell. The Coen’s movies have a tendency to revel in a sort of dry, acerbic humor (excluding, of course, The Big Lebowski ((who can qualify that?))), and Hudsucker does break that chain.

    I love the camp, the slightly off screw-ball comedy. I love the concept ("you know, for kids" being one of my favorite movie quotes ever). Anyone here like it as much as I do?

    Zach

  29. tuba_charlie
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    First off,I absolutley want to say,I absolutley love this movie. One of my favorite Coen brother’s flicks,and a very overlooked one. That being said,anyone else ever think or realize how much this relates to our current economic crisis???………

  30. gerrydogma
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    I think this movie will be (and probably already is being) rediscovered as a real gem. I think a lot of viewers and critics didn’t understand when it came out that it was a fantasy wrapped inside the old Hollywood styles. The characters are not meant to act, talk or behave in a realistic manner…they are characters OF characters. It’s just a shame that a brilliantly crafted, beautiful movie with so many unforgettable scenes just got pretty much ignored when it was released.

  31. Brysonashultz
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    I think so.

    "I’m retired. I invented dice when I was a kid."

  32. soulfishin
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    The last entry in the goofs section is this:

    ——–When the crossword editor asks about "a six letter word for a condition of the hypothalamus", Amy replies with "goiter". A goiter is a condition of the thyroid, not the hypothalamus. Also, the editor asks for a three letter word for a flightless bird, Amy answers "Gnu". A gnu is also known as a wildebeest, a four legged antelope from Africa. An emu is the flightless bird.——-

    Don’t they realize that before that scene is over, Amy actually says "or maybe it’s an Emu?" Hello? Maybe they should watch the entire scene before they add it to the mistake sections!

    "If yesterday could be tomorrow, I would change today." –

    http://www.pwmin.org/soulfishin

  33. comicon
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    That was a great sequence early in the film.

    "I offered you a chance to be a cop and you blew it! You blew it." -De Niro in Cop Land.

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