Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

Blood Simple made it clear that the cinematically precocious Coen brothers (writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan) were gifted filmmakers to watch out for. But it was the outrageously farcical Raising Arizona that announced the Coens' darkly comedic audacity to the world. It wasn't widely seen when released in 1987, but its modest audience was vocally supportive, and this hyperactive comedy has since developed a large and loyal following. It's the story of "Ed" (for Edwina, played by Holly Hunter), a policewoman who falls in love with "Hi" (for H.I. McDonnough, played by Nicolas Cage) while she's taking his mug shots. She's infertile and he's a habitual robber of convenience stores, and their folksy marital bliss depends on settling down with a rug rat. Unable to conceive, they kidnap one of the newsworthy quintuplets born to an unpainted-furniture huckster named Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), who quickly hires a Harley-riding mercenary (Randall "Tex" Cobb) to track the baby's whereabouts. What follows is a full-throttle comedy that defies description, fueled by the Coens' lyrical redneck dialogue, the manic camerawork of future director Barry Sonnenfeld, and some of the most inventively comedic chase scenes ever filmed. Some will dismiss the comedy for being recklessly over-the-top; others will love it for its clever mix of slapstick action, surreal fantasy, and homespun family values. One thing's for sure--this is a Coen movie from start to finish, and that makes it undeniably unique. --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Production: 20th Century Fox
  4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
91%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1987
94
13,537 Views

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  • Josh Billing
    Whoever was in charge of picking quotes from the movie, typing them up and putting them on the page left out the best quote in the whole damn movie!! Right after her robs the Short Stop convenience store, Ed speeds off and leaves him to get away on foot with the cops chasing him and shooting at him, he jumps out in front of an old guy in a truck who hits him and is screaming at the top of his lungs. Then H.I.opens the truck door and old guy says: "Son, you got a panty on your head"... How the hell do you put some of those other (dumb) quotes up there, but leave out the best,funniest linein the movie?? Okay then 
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