• 74%
    466 votes
  • Rate this movie
    What did you think?

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994

  • Joel Coen
  • March 11, 1994
  • 111 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama
They took him for a fall guy... but he threw them for a hoop.
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.


All 3 Comments

As will all Coen brothers films, this one calls me to see it again, as I always seem to discover new elements when watching their works for the second, third, fourth times, and beyond. A very worthwhile film – enjoy!

loading replies

One of Coens best work. Very entertaining and smart with magnificent dark humour

loading replies

A smart and sometimes bizarre film who tells the story of Norville Barnes, a college graduate from a small town who is looking for a job in the big city. When he gets a job in one of the biggest companies in town Hudsucker Industries the president had just commited suicide. One of the board members comes up with the idea of putting Barnes running the company waiting to him to ruin everything with the intention of making the company so cheap that all of the board members can buy it and then they will become majority stockholders. But things will not be like all of them hope to be.
I really liked the idea of incorporated the invention of the Hula-Hoop in the story. Very funny!
Tim Robbins does a good job so has Paul Newman. Jennifer Jason Leigh was a little bit annoying for me.
Just need to see two more films from the Coen Brothers and then I've seen all of his films.

loading replies

If you like The Hudsucker Proxy, check out...