The Hudsucker Proxy


(out of 5)

Stylish and witty film by the Coen brothers that pays tribute to the Frank Capra/Preston Sturges comedies of yesteryear. When Hudsucker Industries loses its president () to suicide, crooked board member  decides to get a lowly mail clerk () to take over as chairman in order to give the ruling board a puppet with which they can control their corporation. Robbins, in true Mr. Deeds/Mr. Smith fashion, turns out to be more than just a nice guy, managing to become a shrewd businessman and with the help of a Jean Arthur-esque reporter ( talking a mile a minute) outwit all of his enemies. The Coens are obviously very creative, but their film is so intent on being a tribute that they go over the top and make their references too obvious, robbing the film of any chance of having its own charm or originality.

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United Kingdom/Germany/USA, 1994

Directed by

Screenplay by , Joel Coen,

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1994

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