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Hudsucker Proxy [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tim Robbins , Paul Newman , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning, John Mahoney
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Eric Fellner, Graham Place
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 1999
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ING2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Coen brothers (Raising Arizona, Fargo) have become the most consistently original filmmakers in the land. In a salute/reworking of the fast-talking comedies of the 40s, we follow Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) and his amazing rise to the top. But he's only a puppet for the evil Sidney J. Mussburger (Paul Newman), who wants the company for himself. The Coens' design is the real star and their first big-budget film will stimulate movie fans. The story weakens in the middle but you will find very few films that move with this much imagination. As a Kate Hepburn-hybrid, Jennifer Jason Leigh is wonderful in an almost unplayable role. The less you know about the film, the better it plays, so just think of it as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying mixed with Brazil and every journalistic drama made before 1960. Sam Raimi co-wrote the screenplay. --Doug Thomas

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This was the third of a hat-trick of great Coen Brothers films and I think it is the best one. It is my favourite. The film is brightly funny but darkly satirical. It is uplifting as well. It absorbs the history of American cinema into a superb modern context, making the best of everything. It has many great set-pieces, wonderful sets and colour photography, great casting and acting. It is surely Paul Newman's best outing. Ravishing and wonderful, it looks great on DVD. This is one of the best films I've ever seen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture? 2 Jan 2005
I watched this film on television several years ago and thought it one of the funniest and cleverest things I'd ever seen. I've been trying to buy it on DVD for ages. Apparently it didn't succeed at the box office. Why on earth not, I wonder. It's one of those films that I would watch again and again, if only I could get hold of a copy. Recently it was reported on one of those film review programmes that some films are not just making more money from DVD sales than cinema ticket sales, but film-makers are coming more and more to depend on DVD sales - viewing ticket sales as the secondary rather than the primary source of income. If that is the case then I think it is time the Hudsucker Proxy was resurrected. It seems astonishing to me that such an excellent film should have disappeared. Goodness knows, some truly dreadful stuff is readily available so why not a gem like this?
Tim Robbins plays Norville Barnes, a likeable dim-wit (a very funny one) from Muncie, Paul Newman plays Sidney Mussberger, the Chief Executive of Hudsucker Industries, a ruthless capitalist (a very funny one), Jennifer Leigh plays a tough, fast-talking newspaper woman (very funny). They're all very funny. The film is a feast of funniness. The greedy and devious Mussberger tries to use the sweet but gullible Barnes to bring down the share price of Hudsucker industries. The sharp, Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper lady quickly spots that something underhand is afoot and digs for a story as news-hounds do. A supernatural entity intervenes to assist the progress of the right outcome. The unexpected success of Barnes's invention (the extruded plastic dingus) upsets the board of directors plans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange, dark and witty film by the Coen Brothers 16 April 2008
Dont believe some of the bad reviews this film got .... especially the ones from the internet. From the opening credits I knew this film would be interesting at the very least, but its more than that.

This is a dark comedy set early in the 20th century. Tim Robbins is a country boy arriving in the big city to earn his fortune. Both Robbins and Paul Newman turn in great comedic performances. As all Coen brothers films, this flick is weird and very atmospheric. The dialogue is entertaining and the story is fast and at times had me laughing out loud.

Along with 'Millers Crossing' this is one of the best films from the Coen Brothers and just like Millers Crossing it is rarely talked about and very under-rated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film Why Cant I Get A Copy 18 Mar 2005
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What can i say but WHY IS THIS FILM NOT REGION 2 YET???? this is a fantastic film and i want a copy now but as it is i dont want a NTSC copy, due to living in the UK.
Theres not much to say other than this is real entertainment for everyone, its quite simply great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated Triumph 14 Mar 2000
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Unreasonably ignored by the public, this Capraesque comedy pulls out all the stops to provide just the right amounts of romance, pathos and humour. A top-notch cast (Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman) have a ball and their enthusiasm is infectious. One of the best Coen brothers movies and a delight from start to finish.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Ok, ok, the title of the movie stinks and probably contributed to the movie hitting the basement, as soon as it was released. Still, it is a pretty clever and unusual movie. The premise is simple. The CEO and founder of a very successful, major corporation commits suicide. Consequently, his shares of the corporation must be sold publicly. To the dismay of the board of directors, this means that more than half the company will be owned by outsiders.
Corporate executive, Sidney Mussberger, wonderfully played by the ever handsome Paul Newman, devises a fiendish scheme to devalue the shares of the corporation. He will simply hire a numbskull and esconce him as the new CEO in order to drive the company temporarily into the ground, causing the value of the shares to plummet. The board of directors can then afford to buy the outstanding shares floating out there at rock bottom prices, retaining control of the corporation.
Sidney subsequently selects Norville Barnes, a dopey, but nice guy, played with cow eyed innocence by Tim Robbins, who works in the company mailroom, a place reminiscent of the movie Metropolis. Barnes happens to have an idea that he has been working on for years. When he shows a picture of a circle as representative of his idea, the viewer wonders just what the heck is so special about it. So does Sidney, who allows Barnes to execute his idea, believing him to be a total moron whose idea is just the thing to make the company stock tank. This is where the Coen brothers' cleverness begins to kick in. When the viewer realizes what that circle actually is, the movie will be kicking into full gear. It is, at times, hilarious. See the film to find out just what Barnes has been working on for years. Sidney learns that the best laid plans often go awry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic movie.
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Not bad movie, had wanted to view it for many years now as missed it when it originally had been released
Published 5 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohen brothers film
I love all the work of the Cohen brothers and this is no exception. It just makes you smile and reflect over the fact that little things and people can make a big difference!
Published 8 months ago by Abra
2.0 out of 5 stars unconvincing silliness
There are brilliant touches to this film, though they are mostly to do with its design. The rest of the film is a mishmash of cinematic ideas and references that never seem to add... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by biffothebovverboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have loved this film ever since I saw it in the cinema when first released! I just love, love, love it so when I saw it on tv first thought was to buy it on DVD to watch over... Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by Mrs. L. C. Eastlake
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning homage to classic Hollywood (you know, NOT for...
This film is the Coen Brothers homage to classic 30/40s Hollywood films and was a big improvement on their previous film 'Barton Fink'. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by G. E. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars If Terry Gilliam remade Citizen Kane, Brewster's Millions and Trading...
This is a witty, zany, break-the-rules feelgood film which is far better than you might think. Yes, it was a commercial bomb and a critical flop, but it has been unjustly cast... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by Petrolhead
3.0 out of 5 stars "...What the hell is it?"
The Hudsucker Proxy manages to capture much of the essence of old-style Hollywood. It is visually very impressive with 1950s style and a touch of an alternatate reality about it. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by @GeekZilla9000
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underestimated jewel in Coen's history!
Recently I realized I had never bought this movie on DVD, since I always had an old VHS of it, and I immediately decided to fix this unforgivable omission by buying this DVD. Read more
Published on 10 April 2009 by V'ger
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top ten
This film would make my top ten films of all time. It is superb. The acting is first class and the story extremely funny even if a little predictable. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2005
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