When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.

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  1. Joel Coen

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Sam Raimi


  3. Ethan Coen


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  1. Tim Robbins

    Tim Robbins

    Norville Barnes

  2. Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Amy Archer

  3. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Sidney J. Mussburger

  4. Charles Durning

    Charles Durning

    Waring Hudsucker

  5. John Mahoney

    John Mahoney


  6. Jim True-Frost

    Jim True-Frost


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget $30,000,000.00

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • March 11, 1994
    PG, Theatrical



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