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The Hudsucker Proxy (11-Mar-1994)

Director: Joel Coen

Writers: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Sam Raimi

Music by: Carter Burwell

Producer: Ethan Coen

Keywords: Comedy, Business, Journalism, Stopping Time

Bizarre business fantasy comedy-drama, filmed in slapstick style by the inimitable Coen Brothers. A young man in a giant conglomerate's mailroom is instantly promoted to company president by a scheming board of directors seeking to depress the company's stock value, while a shrewd reporter goes undercover to unravel the mystery of the new president's quick rise.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Steve Buscemi
13-Dec-1957   Reservoir Dogs
Bruce Campbell
22-Jun-1958   Evil Dead
Bill Cobbs
16-Jun-1935   Tony on The Drew Carey Show
Charles Durning
28-Feb-1923 24-Dec-2012 The Muppet Movie
Peter Gallagher
19-Aug-1955   American Beauty
John Goodman
20-Jun-1952   King Ralph
Joe Grifasi
14-Jun-1944   The Bronx Is Burning
Jennifer Jason Leigh
5-Feb-1962   Fast Times at Ridgemont High
John Mahoney
20-Jun-1940 4-Feb-2018 Martin Crane on Frasier
Paul Newman
26-Jan-1925 26-Sep-2008 Salad dressing magnate
Jon Polito
29-Dec-1950 1-Sep-2016 Johnny Caspar in Miller's Crossing
Sam Raimi
Film Director
23-Oct-1959   Spider-Man
Tim Robbins
16-Oct-1958   The Player, Jacob's Ladder
Richard Schiff
27-May-1955   The West Wing
Anna Nicole Smith
28-Nov-1967 8-Feb-2007 Addled golddigger
Mike Starr
29-Jul-1950   Goodfellas
Noble Willingham
31-Aug-1931 17-Jan-2004 Hard-working supporting actor


Tim Robbins   ...   Norville Barnes
Jennifer Jason Leigh   ...   Amy Archer
Paul Newman   ...   Sidney J. Mussburger
Charles Durning   ...   Waring Hudsucker
John Mahoney   ...   Chief
Jim True   ...   Buzz
Bill Cobbs   ...   Moses
Bruce Campbell   ...   Smitty
Harry Bugin   ...   Aloysius
John Seitz   ...   Benny
Joe Grifasi   ...   Lou
Board Members
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 Dempsy   ...   Board Member
Peter McPherson   ...   Board Member
David Byrd   ...   Dr. Hugo Bronfenbrenner
Christopher Darga   ...   Mail Room Orienter
Pat Cranshaw   ...   Ancient Sorter
Robert Weil   ...   Mail Room Boss
Mary Lou Rosato   ...   Mussburger's Secretary
Ernie Sarracino   ...   Luigi the Tailor
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 Bridges   ...   The Hula-Hoop Kid
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
Joanne Pankow   ...   Newsreel Secretary
Mario Todisco   ...   Norville's Goon
Colin Fickes   ...   Newsboy
Dick Sasso   ...   Drunk in Alley
Mailroom Screamers
Jesse Brewer   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Phil Loch   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Stan Lichtenstein   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Todd Alcott   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Ace O'Connell   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Richard Schiff   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Frank Jeffries   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Lou Criscuolo   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Michael Earl Reid   ...   Mailroom Screamer
Newsroom Reporters
Mike Starr   ...   Newsroom Reporter
Dave Hagar   ...   Newsroom Reporter
Willie Reale   ...   Newsroom Reporter
Harvey Meyer   ...   Newsroom Reporter
Tom Toner   ...   Newsroom Reporter
David Fawcett   ...   Newsroom Reporter
Newsreel Reporters
Jeff Still   ...   Newsreel Reporter
David Gould   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Gil Pearson   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Marc Garber   ...   Newsreel Reporter
David Massie   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Mark Miller   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Peter Siragusa   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Nelson George   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Michael Houlihan   ...   Newsreel Reporter
Ed Lillard   ...   Newsreel Reporter
New Year's Mob
Wantland Sandel   ...   New Year's Mob
James Deuter   ...   New Year's Mob
Rick Peeples   ...   New Year's Mob
Cynthia Baker   ...   New Year's Mob


Review by sonya abbott (posted on 6-Sep-2005)

This movie is brilliant. It's so witty and entertaining. Techinccally it's stunning. The pattern of circles throughout is so unique and engaging. I throuroughly enjoyed this movie simply for its originality and quirkyness. The cohen brothers once again use strong visuals and proove to us all how truly strong their grasp on filmmaking is.

I loved Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance is was hilariously spot on of Catherine Hepburn. Tim robbins was just as funny they are both very talented actors who help to make this movie so enjoyable.

I do not understand how this movie has fallen into obscurity as it is just so good. Forrest Gump was released the same year as The hud and it skyrocketed at the box office. That movie was also about an imbecille who was in the right place at the right time and yet the hud was no where near as successful as it. Very disappointing.

I highly recommend this movie to anybody who enjoys intellectual comedy and stong visuals.

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