The Hudsucker Proxy is a twisted comedy about a man named Waring Hudsucker commits suicide while he is the head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries. After his death the less than grieving members of the board devised a plan to try and make millions of dollars in profit off of their founder’s untimely death. They decided to hire a complete incompetent drone to take over for Hudsucker and watch as the incompetent drone drives the stock price for Hudsucker Industries to record lows. Then the board members would buy up all of the low priced stock and take over the company. News of competent business people taking over the company will cause the price of the stock to soar and they would all be rich. For their patsy the board members chose Norville Barnes played by Tim Robbins. When head of the board Sidney Mussberger, played by Paul Newman, tells mailroom worker Barnes that he is the new head of the company Barnes can’t believe it. As time goes by it looks like the board’s plan is working to perfection until reporter Amy Archer, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, starts to poke around and starts to find out the truth. From there the Hudsucker Proxy really begins to pick up steam.
On February 3, 1975 the CEO of United Fruit Company, Eli Black, threw his briefcase through his 44th floor office window in New York City and jumped to his death. Such is the inspiration of the Hudsucker Proxy. When you have an event like that as your inspiration there really is no telling where things can go from there and the Hudsucker Proxy takes the movie goer on quite an interesting ride. Paul Newman is perfect in this movie and Tim Robbins plays the bumbling fool to perfection as he always does. Pay attention as you watch the Hudsucker Proxy though as things are not always what they seem and even then they are always changing.