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Raising Arizona
     

Raising Arizona

4.8 9
Director: Joel Coen, Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson

Cast: Joel Coen, Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson

 

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Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know

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Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know "Ed", short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed. Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, "Ed's womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase." (One of the film's many delights is Hi's unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.) Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news. Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect "helps you, helps me" situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they'll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Following their noir debut, Blood Simple (1984), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen turned their idiosyncratic, film-literate attentions to screwball comedy in Raising Arizona (1987). The Coens play the American Dream for farce, as non-violent hold-up man "Hi" (Nicolas Cage) and mug shot photographer Edwina (Holly Hunter) attempt parenthood through kidnapping. With nods to cartoon slapstick and The Road Warrior (1981), among others, and a script that mixes southwestern slang and polished locutions, the Coens extract maximum wackiness from their sly send-up of familial urges. From crude yet refined convicts Gale (John Goodman) and Evelle (William Forsythe) to blowhard father Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson) to swinging procreators Glen (Sam McMurray) and Dot (Frances McDormand), all the cartoony characters want to parent baby Arizona for all the wrong reasons. Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld's sharp compositions, low camera, and manic "shakycam" shots showcase the Coens' energetic visual wit, particularly in a prolonged chase featuring dogs, cops, a "panty"-wearing Hi, and a package of purloined Huggies. Complete with carefully modulated over-the-top performances from the entire cast, Raising Arizona confirmed the Coens' place among the most distinctive filmmakers to emerge from the 1980s independent cinema.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
UPC:
0086162123023
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage H.I. McDonnough
Holly Hunter Ed
Trey Wilson Nathan Arizona, Sr.
John Goodman Gale
William Forsythe Evelle
Sam McMurray Glen
Frances McDormand Dot
Randall "Tex" Cobb Leonard Smalls
T.J. Kuhn Nathan Arizona, Jr.
Lynne Dumin Kitel Florence Arizona
Peter Benedek Prison Counsellor
Carver Barnes Reporter
Mary Francis Glenn Payroll Cashier
Robert Gray Glen and Dot's Kid
Todd Michael Rogers Varsity Nathan, Jr.
Charles "Lew" Smith Nice Old Grocery Man
Michael Stewart Arizona Quint
Keith Warren Younger FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson Ear-Bending Cellmate
Richard Blake Parole Board Chairman
Troy Nabors Parole Board Member
Mary Seibel Parole Board Member
John O'Donnal Hayseed in Pick-Up
Keith Jandacek Whitey
Warren Forsythe Minister
Ruben Young Trapped Convict
Dennis Sullivan Policeman in Arizona House
Richard Alexander Policeman in Arizona House
Rusty Lee Feisty Hayseed
James Yeater Fingerprint Technician
Bill Andres Reporter
Margaret H. McCormack Unpainted Secretary
Bill Rocz Newscaster
Jeremy Babendure Scamp with Squirt Gun
Bill Dobbins Adoption Agent
Ralph Norton Gynecologist
Henry Tank Mopping Convict
Frank Outlaw Supermarket Manager
M. Emmet Walsh Machine Shop Earbender
Cody Ranger Arizona Quint
Jeremy Arendt Arizona Quint
Ashley Hammon Arizona Quint
Crystal Hiller Arizona Quint
Olivia Hughes Arizona Quint
Emily Malin Arizona Quint
Melanie Malin Arizona Quint
Craig McLaughlin Arizona Quint
Adam Savageau Arizona Quint
Benjamin Savageau Arizona Quint
David Schneider Arizona Quint
William Preston Robertson Voice Only

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Billy Anagnos Stunts
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Shane Dixon Stunts
Allan Graf Stunts
Gene Hartline Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Isaacson Casting
James Jacks Executive Producer
Katherine James-Cosburn Makeup
Jeff Jensen Stunts
Robert Kracik Set Decoration/Design
John Lyons Casting
Michael R. Miller Editor
Edgard Mourino Stunts
Jane Musky Production Designer
Ron Nix Stunts
Deborah Reinisch Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Pete Seeger Songwriter
Mark Silverman Co-producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Spanky Spangler Stunts
Harold Thrasher Art Director
Kelly Van Horn Asst. Director

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Raising Arizona 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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25 years after it came out, I finally saw RAISING ARIZONA with my son and we had a blast. The dark humor in this movie, the funny manner of language along with the slapstick makes this a very funny movie with two great actors, Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. My son especially like the part when Hi's friends leave Nathan Jr behind in the middle of the road. We then saw the movie again the next night and laugh even harder. The movie has many memorable moments and I would recommend that you make this movie part of your collection. You cant go wrong with this one if you like twisted humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie never fails me after a good day or a bad day at work. Just pop it in and you will get a belly-laugh and a sight gag at almost any portion of the movie. From Tex getting whacked in the face with a 2 by 6, or Hi trying to coral the quints, or ''you gimme that baby yew warthog frum hell,'' or ''son, yew got a panty on yor haid!'' The price of the DVD is paid for on the basis of all the times in your life you will utter John Goodman's rendition of ''So many social engagements... So little time.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect casting. Cage & Hunter should work together more often. The story line is great too. Extremely funny if you like quirky, slightly dark comedy with masterful language use. One of my favorite characters is John Goodman's bumbling thief.
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