The Hudsucker Proxy

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It’s 1958 and Norville has just graduated from business school. He has trouble finding a job because they all require experience. He finally finds a job working in the mail room at Hudsucker Industries. But Mr. Hudsucker has just thrown himself out of a 45th floor window and the board is looking for a proxy, someone they can control, to be the new president. They select Norville.

The board wants their stock price to go down so they can buy it all up. Norville has his own plan, but will it be successful?

The Hudsucker Proxy was released in 1994.

The world of the movie is a bit zany at times.

The scene in the mail room (a sample is the quotation above) reminds me of Brazil.

Tim Robbins is suitably naive and Paul Newman is suitably dastardly.

I liked it a lot, although it’s perhaps not quite as great as Fargo and The Big Lebowski.

There’s some familiar music, and the fun original music is by Carter Burwell (True Grit).

Tim Robbins (Mystic River) plays Norville. Paul Newman (The Sting) plays an executive at Hudsucker, Charles Durning (The Sting) plays Mr. Hudsucker, and Bill Cobbs (Get Low) plays the mysterious Moses. Jennifer Jason Leigh (eXistenZ) plays a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Bruce Campbell (the TV show Burn Notice) plays a colleague, and John Mahoney (the TV show Frasier) plays their boss.

The movie was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit).

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