Raising Arizona

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20th Century Fox Released 1987

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Director:
Joel Coen
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG-13
Raising Arizona is the Coen Brothers’ attempt to combine many of their past influences into one film. From Tex Avery cartoons, Sam Raimi horror movies, 1940’s B-movies, to classic screwball comedies, Raising Arizona has a little bit of everything. The film stars Nicholas Cage as H.I. McDonnough, a less than successful criminal that’s been captured and thrown into jail on more than one occasion. It is through his stints in jail that he ends up meeting his future wife Ed, a corrections officer played by Holly Hunter. The two decided to start a life together in Arizona, but all is not well when they discover that Ed can’t bear children. With the two at their bleakest, they watch a news story about another couple that has just given birth to quintuplets. Though H.I. had promised to give up his life of crime, when one family is so rich in children and another so poor, it’s hardly a crime to even the count, right?moreless

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  • 60

    Variety

    As leisurely and disconnected as "Blood Simple" was taut and economical. While film is filled with many splendid touches and plenty of yocks, it often doesn't hold together as a co...

  • 50

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Like "Blood Simple," it's full of technical expertise but has no life of its own... The direction is without decisive style. [11 Mar 1987, p.C24]

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What Raising Arizona needs more than anything else is more velocity. Here's a movie that stretches out every moment for more than it's worth, until even the moments of inspiration ...

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    Crime