THE HUDSUCKER PROXY
Tuesday, February 2
(1994) “You know – for kids!” Wide-eyed Indiana bumpkin Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) arrives in 1950s NYC and, after a sidewalk-jellying skydive by company prez Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning), falls into a scheme by corporate conniver Sid Mussburger (Paul Newman) to send Hudsucker Industries’ stock south. But when Norville hatches the idea for the Hula-Hoop, he goes from laughing stock to CEO. With Jennifer Jason Leigh as the Hepburnesque, motor-mouthed reporter going undercover as his secretary to profile the “boy wonder.” Scripted by the Coens and Sam Raimi. 35mm. Approx. 111 mins.
“A notably well-executed, very funny and very well-acted movie: a quirky, sardonic take on '50s faddishness, fame, power, friendship, character and ethics. A minor work, but confirmation of the Coens' position among America's most ambitious, able and exciting film-makers.”
– Geoff Andrews, Time Out (London)
“A shrewd comic valentine to the kind of movies they don't make anymore. It is also the Coens’ funniest, most accessible film since the dark comedy Raising Arizona.”
– Caryn James, The New York Times