After Hudsucker Industries President Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) commits suicide, the senior executives -led by the seniorest of them, Sidney Mussburger (Paul Newman)- install naïve business school graduate Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) as President in a play to drive the stock price down. Meanwhile, fast-talking reporter archetype Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) tries to figure out what’s going on.
1183 AD: King Henry II holds a Christmas court, where he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons plot and scheme over who will be chosen as Henry's heir. "What family doesn't have it's ups and downs?" [more inside]