The Hudsucker Proxy

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

TOBACCO INCIDENTS 751
AVG PER MINUTE 7.15
EDITION Warner Home Video DVD released May 18, 1999
MOVIE SUMMARY A dimwitted do-gooder is made president of a large company in order to drive down stock prices.
TOBACCO IN SHORT Many of the primary actors smoke including Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Paul Newman is rarely seen without a cigar. Also, hundreds of ashtrays appear.
POSSIBLE SMOKESCREENS (?) Tim Robbins tries to kill hisself, god & the devil fight to stop time… and angel Hudsucker flies down from heaven for a chat.

TOBACCO INCIDENTS: 751

AVG PER MINUTE: 7.15

First visual frame at 0:30
Last visual frame at 105:52
Total visual running time: 105:22

# TIME ANGLE DESCRIPTION
1 4:12 ES A sign for “Tobacconist” is visible on the rotating job board.
2 4:23 MD A sign for “Tobacconist” is briefly visible on the rotating job board.
3 4:26 MD A sign for “Tobacconist” is briefly visible on the rotating job board.
4-7 5:21 Dolly in Four large glass ashtrays are visible as the camera rolls along the conference table toward the windows.
8-12 5:33 Dolly in Four large glass ashtrays & a giant black ashtray with cigar are visible as the camera rolls along the conference table toward Hudsucker.
After these two shots, your brain is somewhat aware that this long conference table holds at least six of the exact same large clear glass ashtrays however henceforth I will only count the ones you can clearly see.
13-14 6:01 ES/Dolly out Two small glass ashtrays are seen on the luncheon counter where Tim Robbins is having coffee.
15 6:08 ES/Dolly out Shot continued from previous: A man in the background takes a drag from his cigarette.
16-17 6:10 CU Same two glass ashtrays are clearly visible as Tim Robbins reclaims a penny from the counter.
18-19 6:25 CU/Pan Same two glass ashtrays are seen again as the newspapers blow off the counter.
20-23 6:29 Dolly in Four glass ashtrays are visible as the camera rolls along the conference table toward the windows.
24-26 6:35 Dolly in Same giant black ashtray with lit cigar & two cannister ashtrays are visible behind Hudsucker.
27-29 7:35 Dolly in Same giant black ashtray with lit cigar & two cannister ashtrays in repeat of Hudsucker.
30-32 7:46 Dolly in Same giant black ashtray with lit cigar & two cannister ashtrays in repeat of Hudsucker.
33-34 7:54 WS At least two glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table (the other four are implied but not seen).
35-37 8:00 WS At least two glass ashtrays on conference table & one cannister ashtray against the right side wall of the boardroom.
38 8:05 CU Hudsucker stands and takes a drag from his cigar at center screen in a nice big closeup.
39-40 8:11 WS Two cannister ashtrays are visible against the side walls of the boardroom.
41 8:15 CU Smoke rises beside Hudsucker from his implied cigar offscreen.
42-44 8:26 CU/Pan Same giant black ashtray with lit cigar & two glass ashtrays are visible as Hudsucker steps up onto the conference table.
45-47 8:31 WS At least two glass ashtrays on conference table & giant black ashtray is briefly visible as Hudsucker twinkles his foot.
It’s like the Coens are already toying with you here… The ashtray was hidden until Hudsucker twinkled his left foot to expose it for a nanosecond — right where your mind knew it would be.
48-49 8:37 WS A glass ashtray visible on conference table & one cannister ashtray in background.
50-53 8:39 FS Three glass ashtrays on conference table & giant black ashtray with lit cigar are visible.
54-56 8:44 WS Two glass ashtrays on conference table & one cannister ashtray partially visible in background.
57-59 8:58 WS Two glass ashtrays on conference table & giant black ashtray with cigar are visible as Hudsucker runs up the table.
60-64 9:03 WS At least two glass ashtrays on conference table, giant black ashtray with cigar & two cannister ashtrays against the side walls.
65 9:18 ES A porcelain ashtray is visible on the desk of a woman typing.
66-68 10:13 WS At least two glass ashtrays on conference table & giant black ashtray with cigar are visible.
69-73 10:16 WS At least two glass ashtrays on conference table, two cannister ashtrays in background & smoke rises from the implied cigar offscreen.
74-75 10:20 Crane/CU Shot continued from previous: camera moves in for a closeup of the giant black ashtray as a lit cigar is lifted out. [Crane/CU]
There is no physical cut here, but the camera goes from stationary into a closeup of the ashtray & cigar — the Coens are using clever and subtle tricks indeed. This is diabolical shit here.
76-77 10:30   Paul Newman holds up a lit cigar & says: “It’s a pity to waste a whole Monte Cristo.” (bonus point for dialog!)
78 10:35 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
79 10:38 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
80-84 10:41 MD Paul Newman holds a lit cigar; a glass ashtray & giant black ashtray on the conference table, a cannister ashtray in background.
85 10:52 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
86-92 11:01 WS Paul Newman walks to center screen and takes a lit cigar out of his mouth; four ashtrays on conference table & two cannister ashtrays in background.
93-95 11:07 MD Paul Newman sits down holding a cigar; same giant black ashtray on conference & cannister ashtray in background.
96 11:10 MD First appearance of Mezzanine guy with a tobacco pipe in his hand.
I’ve seen this movie dozens of times, but I never noticed Mezzanine guy had a pipe in his hand until now.
97-102 11:12 WS Paul Newman holds a lit cigar; same giant black ashtray, two glass ashtrays partially visible, two cannister ashtrays in background.
*** One of the defining images of the film: six tobacco incidents with disctinct lines that are all directed at you the viewer ***
103-108 11:15 WS Four glass ashtrays on conference table & two cannister ashtrays in background.
109 11:17 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
110-112 11:18 MD Paul Newman holds a lit cigar; same giant black ashtray on conference table & a cannister ashtray in background.
113 11:22 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
114-116 11:35 MD Paul Newman holds a lit cigar; same giant black ashtray on conference table & a cannister ashtray in background.
117 11:38 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
118 11:45 CU Paul Newman stands up into the frame holding a cigar.
119 11:52 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
120 11:55 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
121 12:01 MD Same Mezzanine guy with a tobacco pipe in his hand.
122 12:03 CU Paul Newman holds a lit cigar at center screen in a nice closeup.
123 12:05   A cannister ashtray is clearly visible behind some of the board members.
124 12:07 CU Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth talking.
125 12:10 MD Same Mezzanine guy with a tobacco pipe in his hand.
126 12:15 CU Paul Newman takes the lit cigar out of his mouth.
127 12:23 MD A cannister ashtray is visible in the background.
128-129 12:26 ES Paul Newman holds the lit cigar and walks over to a tickertape machine; a cannister ashtray is briefly visible in the background.
130 12:30 MD Same Mezzanine guy with a tobacco pipe in his hand.
131-136 12:33 WS Four ashtrays on conference table & two cannister ashtrays in background.
137-138 12:39 MD Same Mezzanine guy with a tobacco pipe in his hand leans forward to reveal a cannister ashtray in the background.
139 12:40 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
140 12:42 MD A glass ashtray is partially visible on the conference table.
141 12:43 MD Paul Newman holds a lit cigar while standing near the tickertape machine.
142 12:45 LA Paul Newman uses a lit cigar to motion to Hudsucker’s empty chair.
143-146 12:55 Zoom Camera moves into a closeup of Paul Newman holding a lit cigar; same giant black ashtray & two cannister ashtrays are visible.
147-148 13:27 Dolly At least two mailroom workers in the background are smoking cigarettes.
149-150 15:37 HA At least two mailroom workers can be seen taking a drag from their cigarette.
151-152 17:49 ES Two matching cannister ashtrays are clearly visible beside the elevator doors.
153-154 19:04 HH Two matching ashtrays are clearly visible beside the door to Hudsucker’s office.
What no one ever talks about is how fucking stupid Tim Robbins actually has to be for this scene to work!!! He steps off the elevator into a lobby with only two doors & the names are actually painted right on the doors and yet he still does not know where to go? If you isolate this scene it really feels like an extravagant way to show the matching ashtrays that flank both doorways.
155-156 19:23   Two matching ashtrays are clearly visible beside the office door.
157 19:42 Dolly in A silver ashtray is visible on the secretary’s desk.
158-162 19:44 HH/ES Two matching ashtrays inside the door, same silver ashtray on desk, two glass ashtrays between each set of chairs.
163 20:01 Pan/Dolly Same silver ashtray is clearly visible on the secretary’s desk.
164 20:31 HA Same glass ashtray is briefly visible between a set of chairs.
165 20:33 Zoom Same glass ashtray is briefly visible between a set of chairs.
* 20:36 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the secretary’s desk but shown out of focus.
166-167 20:40 ES Two ashtrays are visible on the arms of the two couches in Paul Newman’s office.
168-171 21:02 ES A glass ashtray & a wooden cigar box are visible on Paul Newman’s desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
172-173 21:08 ES Same two ashtrays are visible on the arms of the two couches in Paul Newman’s office.
174-177 21:12 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible on Paul Newman’s desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
178-180 21:15 FS Paul Newman stands up with a lit cigar & places it into the same glass ashtray, same wooden cigar box is visible.
181-184 21:26 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible on Paul Newman’s desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
185-186 21:31 FS Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible as Paul Newman stands behind his desk.
187-190 21:36 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible on Paul Newman’s desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
191-192 21:39 FS Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible as Paul Newman stands behind his desk.
193-194 21:45 WS Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible as Paul Newman stands behind his desk.
195 21:51 MD Closer view of Paul Newman as he picks up a lit cigar and sits down in his chair.
196-199 21:56 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are visible on Paul Newman’s desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
200 22:02 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in his chair.
201 22:08 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in his chair.
202-203 22:11 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Tim Robbins.
204 22:16 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in his chair.
205-206 22:20 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Tim Robbins.
207 22:25 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in his chair.
208-209 22:29 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Tim Robbins.
210 22:30 CU Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth stands up into the frame.
211-212 22:33 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Tim Robbins.
213-214 22:35 MD/Dolly Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth walks over to Tim Robbins, wooden cigar box is partially visible on desk.
215 23:00 OTS Shot continued from previous: Paul Newman pulls an unlit cigar from his pocket and jams it into Tim Robbins’ mouth.
216-219 23:06 2S Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth talks to Tim Robbins with an unlit cigar in his mouth, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
220 23:26 MD Tim Robbins with an unlit cigar in his mouth sits down in Paul Newman’s chair.
221-222 23:33 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Paul Newman.
223 23:35 MD Tim Robbins with an unlit cigar in his mouth sitting in Paul Newman’s chair.
224-225 23:37 MD Same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms behind Paul Newman.
226 23:40 MD Tim Robbins with an unlit cigar in his mouth puts his feet up on the desk.
227 23:46 OTS Tim Robbins with an unlit cigar in his mouth as Paul Newman steps around the desk & grabs a lighter.
228 23:52 MD Paul Newman helps Tim Robbins light his cigar then slams the ligher down.
229 24:00 OTS Tim Robbins with a lit cigar in his mouth as he listens to Paul Newman.
230 24:02 CU Tim Robbins with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in Paul Newman’s chair.
231 24:04 CU Smoke rises beside Paul Newman from Tim Robbins’ implied cigar offscreen.
232 24:08 CU Tim Robbins removes a lit cigar from his mouth to answer Paul Newman.
233 24:11 CU Smoke rises beside Paul Newman from Tim Robbins’ implied cigar offscreen.
234 24:14 CU Tim Robbins holding a lit cigar & talking.
235 24:16 CU Smoke rises beside Paul Newman from Tim Robbins’ implied cigar offscreen.
236 24:17 CU Tim Robbins holding a lit cigar & talking.
237 24:19 OTS Tim Robbins with a lit cigar in his mouth as he listens to Paul Newman.
238 24:24 CU Tim Robbins with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in Paul Newman’s chair.
239 24:28 CU Tim Robbins with a lit cigar in his mouth sitting in Paul Newman’s chair.
240 24:31 CU Tim Robbins removes a lit cigar from his mouth to talk.
241 24:33 CU Smoke rises beside Paul Newman from Tim Robbins’ implied cigar offscreen.
242 24:34 CU Paul Newman tries to grab the lit cigar out of Tim Robbins’s mouth.
243 24:34 CU Paul Newman still pulling on the implied cigar.
244 24:35 CU Tim Robbins finally lets go of the cigar with his teeth.
245 24:40 CU The abused cigar rests on a stack of documents and begins to flame up.
246-249 24:42 MD Tim Robbins removes the flaming cigar from the documents; same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, an ashtray on couch arm.
250-253 24:51 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
254 25:05 MD Same ashtray is visible on the couch arm behind Tim Robbins.
255 25:06 MD Same ashtray is visible on the couch arm behind Paul Newman.
256-258 25:10 MD Same wooden cigar box is partially visible on desk & same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms.
259-261 25:21 MD Same wooden cigar box is partially visible on desk & same two ashtrays are visible on the couch arms.
262-265 25:25 ES Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
266 25:30 BE Same glass ashtray is visible on Paul Newman’s desk from a bird’s eye view.
267 25:42 FS Same ashtray is clearly visible on the arm of the couch behind Tim Robbins.
268-271 25:46 Dolly in Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are partially visible on desk, same two ashtrays on couch arms.
272 25:50 FS Same wooden cigar box is partially visible on desk.
273-274 25:58 MD Same glass ashtray & wooden cigar box are partially visible on desk.
275-276 26:02 ES A porcelain ashtray on the coffee table & a brass ashtray on the lamp table inside of another office.
277 26:20 ES/Dolly Paul Newman holds a lit cigar in a flashback of his suit tailor.
278 26:32 LA/POV Paul Newman holds a cigar in a flashback of his suit tailor.
279 26:36 LA/POV Paul Newman holds a cigar in a flashback of his suit tailor.
280 26:50 MD A cigar is partially visible in Paul Newman’s pocket as he hangs upside down out the window.
* 26:58 Dolly in A Singer brand sewing machine is visible in another flashback of the suit tailor.
281 27:13 MD Same cigar is partially visible in Paul Newman’s pocket as he hangs upside down out the window.
282 27:18 MD Paul Newman pulls the cigar from his pocket and sticks it in his mouth as he hangs upside down out the window.
283 27:25 ES/Dolly out Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth walks into view at the start of the laughing montage.
284 27:33 CU Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth laughing with the other board members.
285-288 28:11 HH At least three glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table & one cannister ashtray in background.
289-290 28:22 Dolly in Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth laughing & same glass ashtray on his desk.
Strangely, the wooden cigar box has been removed from Paul Newman’s desk for this particular shot.
291-292 28:46 ES/Dolly out A large gold ashtray on the coffee table & small yellow glass ashtray on lamp table in Tim Robbins’ office.
You find out later in #375 that the other silver item seen here on the coffee table is actually a large cigarette case.
293 28:58 ES/Dolly out John Mahoney holds a lit cigar & a wooden cigar box is partially visible on the desk.
294-298 29:12 ES At least five men are smoking cigarettes at the staff meeting.
299-304 29:14 ES/HH John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same wooden cigar box & gold ashtray on desk, man smoking a cigarette, man with cigarette over his ear, smoke rising from an implied cigarette.
305 29:30 2S Smoke rises from an implied cigarette below the frame.
306-308 29:32 TS/OTS John Mahoney with a lit cigar, man smoking a cigarette & man with cigarette over his ear.
309 29:42 OTS A man at the staff meeting is smoking a cigarette.
310-312 29:44 ES/HH John Mahoney with a lit cigar, man with cigarette over his ear, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, smoke rising from an implied cigarette.
313 29:50 CU Man with cigarette over his ear.
314-316 29:52 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box are clearly visible on the desk and he nearly slams the lid shut on someone’s finger.
317 29:56 MD Reversal shot shows the same wooden cigar box in the foreground.
318-320 29:58 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box are clearly visible on the desk.
321 30:03 MD A man in the background is holding a lit cigarette.
322-324 30:06 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box are clearly visible on the desk.
325 30:08 MD Same man in background holding a lit cigarette.
326-328 30:09 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box are clearly visible on the desk.
329-331 30:17 MD/Dolly in John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box are clearly visible on the desk.
332-335 30:34 ES Same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette, a man smoking a cigar.
336 30:36 CU John Mahoney with a lit cigar.
337-339 30:47 HH Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette, a man smoking a cigar, a man in the background holding a lit cigarette.
340-341 31:03 OTS John Mahoney with a lit cigar & Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
342 31:05 CU Smoke rises from John Mahoney’s implied cigar below the frame.
343 31:08 CU Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette sits behind Jennifer Jason Leigh.
344-345 31:10 CU Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette sits behind Jennifer Jason Leigh who holds up an unlit cigar then tosses it over her shoulder.
346 31:12 CU John Mahoney with a lit cigar.
347-350 31:14 WS John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
351 31:18 CU John Mahoney looks at his lit cigar.
352-357 31:21 WS/OTS John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same gold ashtray & wooden cigar box on desk, a man smoking a cigar, Jennifer Jason Leigh with a lit cigarette, man in background with a lit cigarette.
358-359 31:25 MD Jennifer Jason Leigh sits on the desk holding a lit cigarette & John Mahoney with a lit cigar.
360-361 31:30 MD Smoke rises beside Jennifer Jason Leigh from her implied cigarette, a man stands up and puts an unlit cigar in his mouth.
362-364 31:33 FS A man with a lit cigarette in his mouth, a man with an unlit cigar in his mouth, another man with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
365 31:48 MD Same ashtray outside of Paul Newman’s office is seen in the background.
366 31:55 MD Same ashtray outside of Paul Newman’s office is seen in the background.
367 31:59 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar steps off the elevator.
368 32:03 Dolly Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks through the lobby, a cannister ashtray is briefly visible beside the elevator door.
369 32:33 2S/Dolly Paul Newman with a lit cigar exits the revolving door.
370 32:49 HA Paul Newman with a lit cigar gets into his limo.
371 32:59 2S A glass ashtray is visible on the luncheon counter.
372-373 33:17 Crane Two glass ashtrays are visible at the edges of the counters.
374 35:10 Dolly in Same ashtray beside the elevator is visible in the background.
375-377 35:12 Dolly in A silver ashtray & a little gold cup filled with loose cigarettes on Tim Robbins’ desk, a gold astray on the lamp table in background.
The silver ashtray seen here which now sits open had previously resembled a small rolodex back when it was closed in #291.
378-379 35:22 Pan Shot continued from previous: same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table & gold ashtray on coffee table.
380 35:30 MD Same yellow glass ashtray is clearly visible on the lamp table.
381 35:47 MD Same yellow glass ashtray is partially visible on the lamp table.
382 35:58 MD Same yellow glass ashtray is clearly visible on the lamp table.
383-384 36:08 WS Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table & gold ashtray on coffee table.
385-386 36:17   Tim Robbins offers Jennifer Jason Leigh a “cigareet” as he clumsily spills them out of the case. She declines. (Bonus point for dialog!)
387-390 36:38 ES Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table & gold ashtray on coffee table, same silver cigarette case & some loose cigarettes are visible.
391-392 36:43 Dolly in Same silver ashtray & little gold cup of loose cigarettes on the desk as Jennifer Jason Leigh walks behind.
393 36:50 CU Jennifer Jason Leigh lights up a cigarette while hovering over the desk.
394-395 37:00 CU Jennifer Jason Leigh tosses the cigarette into the implied ashtray below the frame then waves away the remaining smoke.
396-398 37:04 FS A yellow glass ashtray on nearest lamp table, same ashtray partially visible on far lamp table & some loose cigarettes on the floor.
399-400 37:06 MD Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table & Jennifer Jason Leigh lets out a puff of smoke.
401 37:12 MD Same yellow glass ashtray on far lamp table behind Jennifer Jason Leigh.
402 37:22 MD Same yellow glass ashtray on far lamp table behind Jennifer Jason Leigh.
403-404 37:30 HH Same silver ashtray & little gold cup of loose cigarettes on the desk behind Tim Robbins.
The silver ashtray on the desk has now been closed back up, probably by Jennifer Jason Leigh after her secret cigarette.
405-407 38:05 WS Same two yellow glass ashtrays on lamp tables & same gold ashtray on coffee table.
408 38:34 CU Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table behind Jennifer Jason Leigh.
409 38:43 CU Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp table behind Jennifer Jason Leigh.
410-411 38:51 FS/HH Same yellow glass ashtray on lamp tables & same gold ashtray on coffee table.
412-414 39:07 ES/Dolly out An orange ashtray with cigar on man’s desk, large clear glass ashtray on Jennifer Jason Leigh’s desk, man smoking a cigar in background.
* 39:14   Jennifer Jason Leigh types her story on a vintage Royal brand typewriter.
415 39:14 WS Same large clear glass ashtray on Jennifer Jason Leigh’s desk.
416 39:17 WS Same large clear glass ashtray on Jennifer Jason Leigh’s desk.
417 39:23 WS/Dolly in Same large clear glass ashtray on Jennifer Jason Leigh’s desk & same orange ashtray with cigar on man’s desk.
418 39:38   Shot continued from previous: Bruce Campbell pulls out a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes and sticks one in his mouth.
419 39:44 MD/OTS Bruce Campbell with an unlit cigarette in his mouth.
420-422 39:47 WS Same orange ashtray with cigar on man’s desk, Bruce Campbell lights his cigarette & smoke rises behind the crossword board from an implied smoker.
423 39:58 MD Bruce Campbell smoking a cigarette.
424-425 40:01   Same orange ashtray with cigar on man’s desk & Bruce Campbell smoking a cigarette.
426-428 40:18 2S Jennifer Jason Leigh takes Bruce Campbell’s cigarette for a drag then he takes it back & same orange ashtray partially visible in background.
429-431 40:47 Dolly in Bruce Campbell with a cigarette in his mouth, a man in background smoking & smoke rising from an implied smoker.
432 41:15 CU A small headline on the newspaper front page reads “Cigarettes, Gas Taxes May Go Up”
433-434 41:21 OTS Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk (albeit closed this time) & same gold astray on the lamp table in background.
435 41:34 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
436 41:40 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
437 41:49 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
438 41:58 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
439 42:08 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
440 42:22 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
441 42:32 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
442 42:40 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
443 42:47 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
444 42:51 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
445 43:00 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
446 43:08 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
447 43:16 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
448 43:20 FS Same gold ashtray is visible on the lamp table.
449 43:40 FS Same gold ashtray is visible on the lamp table.
450 43:49 FS Same gold ashtray is visible on the lamp table.
451 44:02 WS Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
452 44:10 WS Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
453 44:20 Dolly/Pan Same yellow glass ashtray on the lamp table as Tim Robbins walks by.
454 44:39 WS Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
455-456 44:57 ES Same two ashtrays can be seen outside an office door as a security guard wanders around.
457 45:28 FS Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk as Jennifer Jason Leigh snoops around.
458 45:46 FS Same yellow glass ashtray on the lamp table as Jennifer Jason Leigh walks by.
* 46:03   Jennifer Jason Leigh enters the Hudsucker building’s smokey clockworks room.
459 46:49 POV Same glass ashtray holding a lit cigar is visible on Paul Newman’s desk through a keyhole.
460 47:19 LA/POV Character named Moses with a cigarette over his ear.
461 47:26 LA/POV Moses with a cigarette over his ear.
462 47:38 HA/POV Jennifer Jason Leigh taps on a pack of cigarettes then extends it toward the camera as a peace offering to Moses.
463 47:45 LA/POV Moses pulls the cigarette from over his ear then reaches for his pocket.
464 47:50 HA/POV Jennifer Jason Leigh puts the pack of cigarettes back in her purse.
465 47:58 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
466 48:08 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
467 48:16 MD Closer view of Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
468 48:24 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
469 48:40 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
470 48:47 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
471 48:56 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand as he throws a towel down.
472 49:07 MD Closer view of Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
473 49:18 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
474 49:23 LA/POV Moses with a lit cigarette in his hand.
475 49:42 CU/Dolly out John Mahoney crumples up a piece of paper to reveal a lit cigar in his mouth.
This scene is an exact mirror of #649 / 84:01.
476 49:48 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand.
477 49:50 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
478-480 49:53 OTS Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth, John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand & same wooden cigar box on the desk.
481-482 49:57 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth & a man smoking in the background.
483 50:00 CU/OTS Closer view of Bruce Campbell’s mouth & cigarette as he works on his cartoon drawing.
This one is especially subtle — it’s a very quick flash and your eyes probably focus on the cartoon art rather than Bruce Campbell’s cigarette but it’s hard to miss it being silhouetted over the cartoon like that.
484-486 50:02 OTS Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth, John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand & same wooden cigar box on the desk.
487 50:16 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
488 50:19 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand.
489-490 50:26 MD/Pan John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand & same wooden cigar box on the desk.
491 50:34 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
492-494 50:41 OTS Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth, John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand & same wooden cigar box on the desk.
Bruce Campbell, despite being forcefully slapped across the face, has somehow managed to keep the cigarette in his mouth.
495 50:45 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
496-498 50:48 OTS Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth, John Mahoney with a lit cigar in his hand & same wooden cigar box on the desk.
* 51:01 ES Lots of champagne, wine, and martinis appear at the Christmas gala.
499 51:58 LA/POV Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth walks into view in a tuxedo.
500 52:02 LA/POV Paul Newman takes the lit cigar out of his mouth.
501 52:07 LA/POV Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth.
502 52:11 HH Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks with Tim Robbins.
503 52:38 OTS/2S Paul Newman with a lit cigar as Tim Robbins speaks to an investor.
504 53:09 OTS/2S Paul Newman with a lit cigar returns to keep Tim Robbins out of trouble.
505 53:13 HH Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks with Tim Robbins.
506 53:22 2S Paul Newman with a lit cigar stands next to Tim Robbins.
507 53:30 2S Paul Newman with a lit cigar stands next to Tim Robbins.
508 53:50 FS/Dolly in Peter Gallagher with an alcoholic drink & a lit cigarette both in one hand comes to the stage and sings “Memories are made of this…”
What more do you need? Memories are made of this… A drink in one hand and a smoke in the other. I guess the Coens have two sponsors.
509 54:07 MD/LA Closer view of Peter Gallagher singing with a drink & lit cigarette in the same hand.
510 60:00 Dolly out Same cannister ashtray is clearly visible as Tim Robbins hulas — this is the first appearance of the bright red hula hoop.
Beginning on Tim Robbins’ smiling face & bobblin head, the camera pulls back to reveal him hula-hooping at the end of the conference table where it all began. Also, the first mirror trick of the missing cannister ashtray.
511-514 60:17 WS Same four glass ashtrays are clearly visible on the conference table.
The water glasses & pitchers seen earlier on the conference table have all been strangely removed for this board meeting but why?
515 60:23 Dolly in Same cannister ashtray is clearly visible as Tim Robbins hula-hoops.
516 60:53 Dolly in/MD Paul Newman takes a cigar out of his mouth whilst wearing a fancy new pinstripe suit.
517 61:02 LA Paul Newman with a cigar as Tim Robbins’ waist is hula-hooping in the foreground.
518 61:14 LA Paul Newman with a cigar as Tim Robbins’ waist is hula-hooping in the foreground.
519-522 61:26 MD/HH Paul Newman with a cigar sits on the end of the conference table & same four ashtrays are seen.
523-525 61:52 Dolly At least three men can be seen with cigarettes in their mouths.
526 61:54 RA/Dolly A man with a cigarette in his mouth.
527 62:27 ES One of the silhouetted guys has a cigarette in his hand.
* 62:27 ES A liquor bottle is visible through the window beside the other silhouettes.
To see the liquor bottle so crystal clear through the window when everything else is an empty silhouette — this shot is responsible for triggering my assumption about alcohol playing as big a role as tobacco in many Coens’ films.
528 63:08 ES One of the silhouetted guys has a cigarette in his hand.
529-530 63:54 ES One of the silhouetted guys has a cigarette in his hand & the other is clearly smoking a cigarette.
531 64:21 ES/Dolly in Same two silhouetted guys with cigarettes in their hands.
532 65:03 Dolly in The toy store owner is smoking a cigarette.
This toy store owner who you just saw innocently whistling only seconds earlier in the same location & who also looks like Walt Disney is now smoking a cigarette as he waits for customers. See what I mean, it’s diabolical shit that normal humans would never notice, but then later might be unexpectedly craving a cigarette.
533-534 65:16 WS Same silver ashtray & little gold cup of loose cigarettes on the desk as Tim Robbins paces nervously.
535 65:22 WS Same gold ashtray is visible on the lamp table.
* 65:52   An old Pepsi machine is clearly visible on the street as the red hula hoop rolls by.
* 66:00   The young boy that hula hoops is wearing bright red Chuck Taylor shoes.
536 67:34 MD Same gold ashtray is briefly visible on the lamp table.
537-538 67:39 Dolly in Same silver ashtray & little gold cup of loose cigarettes on the desk.
539 68:25 ES A man smokes a tobacco pipe whilst hula-hooping in the “Tidbits of Time” segment. A large ashtray is also visible on the coffee table.
* 68:46 ES NBC, ABC, and CBS microphones are clearly visible as Tim Robbins receives a call from President Eisenhower.
540-541 70:09 ES A man removes a tobacco pipe from his mouth & a woman puts a cigarette in hers at the hula-hoop party in another b&w segment.
542 70:14 FS A man holds a pack of cigarettes whilst hula-hooping and one seems to wiggle out.
* 71:04 Crane Copies of Life, Time, Look, and Esquire magazine are visible on the rack behind Anna Nicole Smith.
543 71:57 Dolly out Same glass ashtray is clearly visible next to a water glass on the conference table.
544 72:00 CU Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth through the face hole of the massage table.
545 72:07 CU Paul Newman with a lit cigar raises up from the massage table.
546 72:22 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar as the body massage continues.
547-550 72:29 WS/Pan Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth in background & at least three glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table.
551 72:50 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth as the body massage continues.
552-555 72:52 Dolly Same four glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table.
556-558 72:54 WS Same three glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table.
559 72:57 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar as the body massage continues.
560-563 73:06 WS At least two glass ashtrays are briefly visible on the conference table after Myron slides down the window.
564-569 73:09 WS At least six glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table.
570-572 73:15 FS Paul Newman with a lit cigar stands up to reveal a glass ashtray on the massage table & a cannister ashtray in the background.
573-574 74:19 ES/Dolly in Tim Robbins smokes a cigar & a yellow glass ashtray is visible on the desk.
575 74:25 WS Same yellow glass ashtray is visible on the desk as Jennifer Jason Leigh enters the room.
576-577 74:31 Dolly in Tim Robbins smokes a cigar & same yellow glass ashtray visible on the desk.
578 74:39 MD Close view of Tim Robbins holding a lit cigar.
579 74:44 MD Close view of Tim Robbins holding a lit cigar.
580 74:49 MD Close view of Tim Robbins as he conducts the music with his lit cigar — basically waving it right into the camera.
581 74:57 MD Close view of Tim Robbins holding a lit cigar.
582 75:06 MD Close view of Tim Robbins as he conducts the music with his lit cigar — basically waving it right into the camera.
583 75:12 OTS Jennifer Jason Leigh snatches the cigar out of Tim Robbins’s hand.
584 75:14 MD Jennifer Jason Leigh waves smoke out of the air.
585-586 75:17 MD/Dolly out Jennifer Jason Leigh puts the cigar out in the same yellow glass ashtray on the desk then carries it across the room.
587 75:22 WS Jennifer Jason Leigh with a cigar in hand throws the musicians out of the room.
588 75:27 WS Jennifer Jason Leigh with a cigar in hand standing in the middle of the room.
589 75:35 WS Jennifer Jason Leigh with a cigar in hand standing in the middle of the room.
590 75:43 MD Smoke rises in front of Jennifer Jason Leigh from the implied cigar.
591 76:06 MD Same yellow glass ashtray with cigar is clearly visible on the desk.
592 78:38 MD Same glass ashtray is visible on the lamp table in the background.
593 78:45 OTS Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk in front of Tim Robbins.
594 79:04 OTS Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk in front of Tim Robbins.
Buzz holds a yellow drink with a bendy red straw in the exact space over Tim Robbins’s desk where the other yellow ashtray & (red) cigar sat previously. Are the Coen brother’s really this decietful on purpose? They seem to be experts at getting your brain to associate cigarettes with fun things based on visual stimuli — that’s probably not an accident.
595 79:35 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk beside Tim Robbins.
596 79:44 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk beside Tim Robbins.
597 79:50 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk beside Tim Robbins.
598 79:55 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk beside Tim Robbins.
599 79:57 MD Same silver ashtray is visible on the desk beside Tim Robbins.
600-601 80:29 Dolly/Pan Same gold ashtray is visible on the coffee table as Buzz crawls away & another ashtray on the coffee table out in the lobby.
602 81:07 OTS Paul Newman with a lit cigar in his mouth as he looks out the window.
603-605 81:22 OTS Paul Newman with a lit cigar, a glass ashtray on the conference table & a cannister ashtray briefly visible behind Tim Robbins’ golf bag.
606-607 81:32 MD Both cannister ashtrays are briefly visible as Tim Robbins sits down at the conference table.
608-609 81:34 WS Paul Newman with a lit cigar & same glass ashtray on the conference table.
This glass ashtray glows extremely bright even when Paul Newman steps in front of the window to block all natural light from it. A spotlight from above perhaps? That’s how you know the Coens are in the tobacco business. There’s no reason for this highlight otherwise.
610 81:36 MD Same cannister ashtray is visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
The other cannister ashtray is now hidden behind Tim Robbins’ golf bag… Perhaps another way the Coens are helping you to associate smoking with fun!
611-613 81:42 WS Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks toward the camera, same glowing glass ashtray on conference table & same cannister ashtray in background.
614 81:51 MD Same cannister ashtray is visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
615-617 81:53 WS Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks toward the camera, same glowing glass ashtray on conference table & same cannister ashtray in background.
618 82:08 MD Closer view of Paul Newman with a lit cigar.
619-622 82:18 TS Paul Newman with a lit cigar, same glowing glass ashtray on conference table & two cannister ashtrays are visible.
623-624 82:26 FS Paul Newman with a lit cigar & same cannister ashtray is visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
625-626 82:42 MD Both cannister ashtrays are visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
627-629 82:49 FS Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks away to reveal the same glowing glass ashtray on conference table & same cannister ashtray in background.
630-631 82:55 MD Both cannister ashtrays are visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
632-633 82:59 FS Closer view of Paul Newman with a lit cigar & same glowing glass ashtray on conference table.
634-635 83:04 MD Both cannister ashtrays are visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
636-637 83:05 FS Closer view of Paul Newman with a lit cigar & same glowing glass ashtray on conference table.
Paul Newman does actually block out the glowing light of the ashtray when stepping in front of the window this time. In a closer shot such as this, it might just be another way for the Coens to bring attention to it.
638-639 83:09 MD Both cannister ashtrays are visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
640-642 83:13 WS Paul Newman with a lit cigar, same glowing glass ashtray & same cannister ashtray is briefly visible.
643-644 83:25 MD Both cannister ashtrays are visible beside Tim Robbins in his chair.
645-647 83:30 WS/Pan Paul Newman with a lit cigar walks toward the camera, same glowing ashtray on conference table & same cannister ashtray in background.
648 83:38 Dolly in Paul Newman with a lit cigar as he walks behind Tim Robbins.
649 84:01 CU/Dolly in Jennifer Jason Leigh lowers a newspaper to reveal John Mahoney with a lit cigar.
This scene is a mirror of #475 / 49:42.
650 84:07 Dolly in Shot continued from previous: whip pan around to Bruce Campbell who lights up a cigarette with a Zippo lighter.
651-653 84:16 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same yellow glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on the desk.
654-657 84:20 OTS/FS John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same yellow glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on the desk, Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
658-660 84:24 MD John Mahoney with a lit cigar, same yellow glass ashtray & wooden cigar box on the desk.
661 84:26 MD Jennifer Jason Leigh strikes a match and almost lights a cigarette.
662 84:28 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
663 84:32 MD Jennifer Jason Leigh with a lit cigarette.
664 84:38 CU Smoke rises beside Jennifer Jason Leigh from her implied cigarette below the frame.
665 84:54 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
666-668 84:58 MD John Mahoney looks at his cigar then puts it out in the same yellow glass ashtray. Same wooden cigar box on the desk.
669 85:00 MD Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette.
670-671 85:04 MD Jennifer Jason Leigh nearly slams the wooden cigar box shut on John Mahoney’s finger. Same yellow glass ashtray on the desk.
672 85:08 Dolly in/CU Bruce Campbell with a lit cigarette in his mouth.
Bruce Campbell get smacked upside the head by Jennifer Jason Leigh but again he manages to keep the cigarette in his mouth.
673-679 85:35 ES Three men at the conference table are smoking & at least four glass ashtrays are visible.
No more water glasses & pitchers for these board members — all they care about today is smoking up the boardroom!
680-684 86:17 ES A man the conference table is smoking & at least four glass ashtrays are visible.
685 86:25 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar sitting near the movie projector.
686-693 86:29 WS At least eight glass ashtrays are clearly visible on the conference table.
694 86:31 MD Paul Newman with a lit cigar sitting near the movie projector.
695-702 86:44 WS At least eight glass ashtrays are clearly visible on the conference table.
703-704 87:11 HH A glass ashtray is visible on the corner of the bar & another on the balloon table in the background.
* 87:15   Tim Robbins keeps asking for a martini despite the fact he’s in a juice & coffee bar.
This scene where intoxicated Tim Robbins keeps asking for a martini begins a huge shift in the movie which now leans toward alcoholic drinks instead of tobacco products. Do the Coens switch to alcohol in the third act merely as a way of shifting your perspective from the heavy smoking overload your brain has just seen to something more mind-numbing like alcohol??
705 87:18 OTS Same glass ashtray on the balloon table in the background.
706 87:28 OTS Same glass ashtray on the balloon table in the background.
707 87:34 OTS Same glass ashtray on the balloon table in the background.
708 87:45 OTS Same glass ashtray on the balloon table in the background.
709 89:56 HH Same glass ashtray on the corner of the bar as Tim Robbins stampedes away.
710 89:58 MD Same glass ashtray is partially visible on the table.
711 90:15 Pan Same glass ashtray on the balloon as Tim Robbins climbs the spiral staircase.
* 91:15 ES The board members celebrate in spooky lighting by drinking martinis and wearing little pointy hats. “The barred window boys are out looking for him now.”
* 91:25 MD Even Paul Newman has shed his cigar for a martini.
* 91:49   Tim Robbins runs into Buzz outside of a new year’s eve party where alot of partygoers drinking alcohlic beverages turn into an angry mob.
* 93:08   The angry mob chases Tim Robbins down an alley where a man sits drinking & several empty liquor bottles around… He sings: “Ring out the old, ring in the new!”
712-713 94:15 ES/Dolly in Paul Newman smoking a cigar & same glass ashtray is clearly visible on the desk.
714-715 94:31 OTS/Dolly in/CU Paul Newman smoking a cigar & same glass ashtray is clearly visible on the desk.
716 95:20 Dolly in Same silver ashtray is visible on Tim Robbins’ desk.
717-719 97:00 Dolly in Paul Newman smoking a cigar doing the evil laugh & same glass ashtray is clearly visible on the desk. (Bonus point for the mirror reflection!)
720-721 97:15 Dolly in Paul Newman smoking a cigar doing the evil laugh & same glass ashtray is clearly visible on the desk.
722 98:15 MD Paul Newman with a cigar in his mouth appears frozen in time.
723 99:18 MD Angel Hudsucker reaches into his wizard sleeve and pulls out a white cigar shaped tube.
724 99:20 MD Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
725 99:24 FS Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
726 99:34 FS Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
727 99:42 FS Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
728 99:50 FS Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
729 99:56 MD Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
730 100:12 MD Angel Hudsucker takes a drag from his cigar.
731 100:20 MD Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
732 100:39 MD Angel Hudsucker holding a lit cigar.
733 103:27 MD Paul Newman with cigar in his mouth as he becomes unfrozen again.
734-735 104:01 ES A man smoking a cigarette wanders across the screen at the juice bar & a glass ashtray is seen on the bar.
It should be noted that many people hold & blow party favors which all look like cigarettes at different points of the scene. Perhaps another instance of the Coens trying to equate smoking with fun?
736 104:40 CU Closeup of same big black ashtray with cigar, however this time it sits next to the blue letter, a key & a watch.
737-742 104:42 Pan Shot continued from previous: camera moves out to reveal six glass ashtrays on the conference table.
This scene is a perfect mirror of #74-75 above.
743 105:02 ES Paul Newman with a cigar in his mouth as he is hauled off to the booby hatch in a straight jacket.
744-747 105:06 ES At least three glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table & same cannister ashtray in background.
748-751 105:25 Crane At least four glass ashtrays are visible on the conference table.

Additional Thoughts…

The flagship of the Coen brothers’ tobacco-ridden fleet, The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) contains the most tobacco incidents ever crammed into a single Coen brothers’ film. It’s almost hard to believe, but The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) contains over 750 tobacco incidents by my count — that’s an average of around 7 tobacco incidents for every minute of film.

Hudsucker was also the most crafty in regard to subtle technique, placement, and focus of tobacco products & related paraphernalia. Trust me, you might leave the theater after this picture and crave a cigarette or cigar, not even knowing why. The attention paid to the placement and continuity of tobacco in this film is truly overwhelming, if you’re paying close attention, that is.

I’m dead serious… The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is totally and completely littered with cigars, cigarettes, and literally dozens upon dozens of ashtrays large & small. Many of the cigarettes & cigars are often displayed in famous celebrity actor hands & mouths while being closeup at center screen. However, due to the Coen brothers’ amazing storytelling & filmmaking abilities, the first two dozen or so times I watched The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) it never felt like a tobacco product placement commercial to me despite the fact it is completely littered with literally hundreds upon hundreds of tobacco incidents.

Joel & Ethan Coen actually wrote The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) with the help of their filmmaker pal Sam Raimi. Sam Raimi went on to direct many Hollywood blockbusters himself including Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Perhaps Hollywood gives you the key to the city when you’re able to cram this much tobacco into a single film.

If you look at the first few individual tobacco incidents listed above, you might notice some awful strange coincidences. Near the very beginning of The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) as Norville Barnes (played by actor Tim Robbins) is scanning the employment agency job boards, viewers may notice that a “Tobacconist” sign appears along with all of the others. Could this be another parallel of the Coen brothers coming to Hollywood and looking for work in the film business?

More insights coming soon…