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The Hudsucker Proxy
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Directed By
Joel Coen

Written By:
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi

Cast:
Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Jim True, Bill Cobbs, Bruce Campbell, Steve Buscemi, Anna Nicole Smith

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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Movie Review by Mitch
August 22nd, 2006

It is a month before New Years Eve, 1958. Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) first day on the job at Hudsucker Industries is a doozy. The president of the company commits suicide by jumping out a window and falling 44 floors (if you don't count the mezzanine) to his death. Norville gets promoted from the mail room to President in the hopes that he causes the stock value to crash so that Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman) and the rest of the board can buy the controlling share. Meanwhile Norville meets Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is a reporter pretending to be his secretary while spying on him ala Mr. Deeds.

I didn't intend to do a review of this movie, but it was way to good of a movie to pass it up. I originally rented this one as part of a Bruce Campbell/Sam Raimi mini-marathon that I have been running here at home. This is a highly entertaining, comedy with a lot of rapid fire dialogue and wit. With a rather interesting twist towards the end the movie that sends the movie in a slightly different direction than I expected it to.

It was written by the Ethan and Joel Coen with Sam Raimi and you can tell. Although Joel Coen gets the director credit I could swear that there is a lot of classic Sam Raimi shots in the flick. What little noticeable effects there were, were done well. That's all I'm gonna say about the look and style of the film.

The casting was terrific. Tim Robbins as the dim witted, but kind hearted President. Paul Newman as the take no prisoners bad guy. What really surprised me was Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. I mentioned before in my review of The Jacket that she didn't do anything for me, that she seemed really monotone and bland. She is great in this, she fires off her lines just as quick and precise (and with emotion too!) as the rest of the cast. The role of Smitty was perfect for the King of B-films, Bruce Campbell. I just wish his part was bigger. Look for Frasier's dad Martin as the editor of the paper. It took me about two minutes to recognize him and it hit me like a brick upside the head.

If I get any money or gift certificates for my B-Day in Sept. I plan on picking this up, even though there isn't any special features " no commentary, not even a trailer! Just a damn good movie. I highly recommend this one.

Until the clock stops forever,
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Best Lines:

Amy Archer: Norville Barnes, you don't know a thing about that woman. You don't know who she really is. Only a numb skull thinks he knows things about things he knows nothing about.

Norville: What do you do if the envelope is too big for the slot?
Ancient Sorter: Well, if you fold 'em, they fire you. I usually throw 'em out.

Moses the Clock Man: Strictly speaking, I'm never supposed to do this. But have you got a better idea?

Sidney J. Mussburger: Sure, sure he was a swell fella, but when the president, chairman of the board and owner of 87% of the company stock drops 44 floors...
Board Member 6: 45.
Board Member 7: Counting the mezzanine.
Sidney J. Mussburger: ...then the company too has a problem. What exactly is the disposition of Waring's stock.
Board Member 8: Well as you know, Hud left no will and had no family; the company bylaws are quite clear in that event. His entire portfolio will be converted into common stock and be sold over the counter as of the first of the fiscal year following his demise.
Sidney J. Mussburger: Meaning?
Board Member 8: Well, meaning simply that Waring stock, and control of the company, will be made available to the public January first.
Sidney J. Mussburger: Do you mean to say any slob in a smelly tee-shirt will be able to buy Hudsucker stock?
Board Member 8: The company bylaws are quite clear.
Board Member 3: My God, you're animals. How can you discuss his stock when the man has just leapt 45 floors?
Board Member 6: 44.
Board Member 7: Not counting the mezzanine.
Sidney J. Mussburger: Quit showboating Addison, the man is gone. The question now is whether we're going to let John Q Public just waltz in here and buy our company.
Board Member 4: What are you suggesting Sidney? Certainly we can't afford to buy an controlling interest.
Sidney J. Mussburger: Not while the stock is this strong. How soon before Hud's paper hits the market?
Board Member 8: January 1st.
Board Member 2: 30 days.
Board Member 4: 4 weeks.
Board Member 5: A month at the most!
Sidney J. Mussburger: One month; to make the blue chip investment of the century look like a round trip ticket on the titanic.
Board Member 7: We play up the fact that Hud is dead.
All: Long live Hud!
Board Member 4: We depress the stock,
Board Member 5: To the point where we can buy 50%,
Board Member 6: 51,
Board Member 7: Not counting the mezzanine.

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