Arizona Dreams is an offbeat psychodrama comedy that follows the story of Axel Blackmer (Johnny Depp). Axel lives in New York State and has an obsession with fish. He tags and monitors their habits for a living but is most curious about how they dream. Axel's cousin Paul (Vincent Gallo) persuades Axel from his job at attend his Uncle Leo's (Jerry Lewis) wedding to a much younger woman (Paulina Porizkova) in Tucson, Arizona. While visiting for the wedding Leo offers him a job to take over the family business, a Cadillac dealership. Axel resists at first, but he decides to give it a try. While working, Axel meets he widow of a weather mine owner, Elaine (Faye Dunaway), and her stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor), who is jealous of Elaine and dreams to kill herself and be reincarnated as a turtle. The story unfolds as the characters deal with issues of the American psyche.