Raising Arizona
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  • Raising Laughter
    The movie Raising Arizona was absolutely hilarious!!! Nicholas Cage was amazing! Cohen brothers are awesome like always....more info
  • Still Crazy After All These Years
    When I first saw this movie I thought it was one of the craziest movies I'd ever seen. Twenty years later, I still feel the same way. No matter how many times I view this, I shake my head in amazement at some of the things I see and hear. It's definitely one-of-a-kind.

    The wacky characters and outrageous story, of course, are the attractions here but I also enjoyed the low camera angles employed here by the directors, the Coen brothers, and I've always enjoyed Nicholas Cage's strange dialog in the narration.

    Everyone in this film - everyone but the little babies - are totally insane, beginning with the lead people, the husband-and-wife team played by Cage and Holly Hunter. I got most of my laughs, however, from the supporting cast of John Goodman and Bill Forysthe as escaped convicts, Trey Wilson as the father of the quints and Randall "Tex" Cobb as "Leonard Smalls." For a pro boxer, Cobb turned out to be a pretty good actor.

    If you're looking for something different, something really far out and funny, look no further.
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  • Under-Rated, Under-Appreciated But Great Nevertheless!
    Comedies don't normally age well because there are only so many times you can hear a joke without getting sick of it and so films of that ilk normally represent sort of a time capsule of what the key events and issues of the time were that concerned people and hence what was funny to them at that time. For those of us that are not of that time dated jokes leave us asking "huh?".

    Once in a while though, we get the exception that still manages to retain its humour despite the years and just like that other sleeper and underappreciated gem "Cat Ballou", "Raising Arizona" is one heck of a great film. The scriptwriting is first class and the theme of a desperate couple feeling the anguish of not being able to have children is timeless making this comedy relevant for all times unlike the vast majority of comedies that are out there. "Tootsie" has been ranked by AFI as the funniest comedy of all time and I did think so myself when I first watched it many years ago but when I revisited it recently, I had to say "huh?" I guess men in drag has become so common these days that the film has become a dated time capsule of the early 80s while I still thoroughly enjoyed "Raising Arizona" and I think it's much funnier than anything that is currently listed on the AFI top 10 list. By the way, "This is Spinal Tap" is another film that should be on the top ten list but is inexplicably not there.

    What makes is film work though in addition to the brilliant script and direction is the great cast. Holly Hunter was excellent and John Goodman, Nicolas Cage and the rest are not far behind in terms of great acting.

    This dvd version is also very good in that both the picture and sound quality is very good despite not being restored. There are no special features to speak about though like interviews or making-of documentaries which is the only downer for this very entertaining and enjoyable film.

    Recommended!...more info
  • Very Funny, Entertaining Coen Brothers Movie!
    I think this movie is one of the best of the Coen Brothers. It is not a masterpiece but a sign of the great movies to come and a work of art in its own right. Holly Hunter is a police officer and Nicholas Cage is a life long criminal who fall in love and settle down together. Their attempt to have a child is thwarted by her infertility and his criminal history. The couple decide to steal a baby from a couple who recently had quintuplets and fellow criminals decide to hold the baby for ransom leading to some crazy situations including the fact that they don't seem to be able to keep track of the baby. Very cute and funny. ...more info
  • Raising Cain
    RAISING ARIZONA has never been my favorite Coen film, but I recently re-watched it, and with an unusual sense of obligation (for me) took in the special features,read all the notes, researched it a bit online--and found myself developing a budding affection for the film. In fact, I found myself wondering why I had had such an active dislike for the flick in the first place.

    Now I want to see it again.

    The thing about shaggy dog stories is that you have to be in the mood for them. Absurdities can seem a little precious and kind of irritating if you're in the wrong frame of mind. As the Amazon man (above) says, some people will find this movie this movie utterly "original" and captivating, and others will find it "over the top." And some will keep changing their minds, depending on whether their lumbago is bothering them or something.

    I think maybe I wanted the Holly Hunter character to be a little more grounded, you know maybe like Marge in FARGO. Her "Ed" seems like she should be Nicolas Cage's "Hi's" rock, until you realize that her baby hunger has gotten her as far off HER rocker as her oft-wayward hubby. Once you accept HER craziness as an essential part of the plot--once you realize that the women are just as loopy as the men--well, you can sit back and enjoy this ride through LaLa Land.

    It occurs to me now that the Coen's essentially cast Hunter in a similar role in OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? (albeit her character is considerably more fecund in that film). In the later film, she also exerts a certain womanly power and influence over her similarly wayward hubby. And she can be just as stubborn...and as stubbornly crazy. The Coen's obviously see something in Hunter that they don't mind tapping into whenever it's called for.

    Which is true of their casting decisions in general. Nic Cage has not been one of the Coens' recurring castmembers (as it turns out--although never say never), but his H.I. McDunnough evokes other comic parts (often as a hapless, good hearted loser)that he's done masterfully throughout his career (and the fact that many of these came AFTER ARIZONA suggests that the Coens were actually pretty prescient in their casting of him in this 1987 black comedy.

    (In fact, if you look at his resume, you might note that back in the 80s, most of his successes were COMEDIES. The action-adventure stuff, that seems to have brought him his biggest commercial successes, came later.)

    I've been running my own little Coen Brothers film festival of late, and it's been a process of discovery. I always knew I liked them, but I didn't quite realize how much--or why. Re-watching ARIZONA, there were only one or two scenes that I was actually bothered by; the chase scene with the snarling dogs was one of them. I can't say for sure, but I suspect that when I watch it again, I'll start to see it as an integral part of the film and not comprehend why I didn't "get it" before. Or maybe not--you're not going to embrace every move your favorite filmmakers make--but you do start to see how it all fits together.

    And it does fit together.

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  • Must Own
    I love this movie, I've seen it on tv a million times, but still had to purchase it....more info
    If I had it to do over, I'd give this movie five stars. It is hilarious. Yeah, the Coen brothers can have their dark, black comedy, bloody side (e.g., Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing and Fargo); but this film is from their light, witty, innocent side - and totally outrageous. These guys are masters at styling a film according to a certain time and place; and, in this case, the style is 1970's Arizona desert trailer park.

    The basic plot idea is that Cage and Hunter, who are married, can't have kids. But they read about a couple named Arizona that just had quintuplets, and figure, that's more kids than they can probably handle. So, they decide to kidnap one of the toddlers for themselves. Because Cage is an ex-con and Hunter a policewoman, this leads to some pretty bizarre situations. There are two classic scenes in particular. The first is the baby diaper chase sequence, which involves a gun-toting convenience store attendant, a package of Pampers, the police, a pack of rampaging dogs, a shooting spree in a grocery store, and a chase through people's homes. The second is the baby seat chase sequence, in which little Nathan Arizona, Jr., strapped pleasantly in his car seat, is up for grabs: first by negligent bank robbers, who unintentionally leave him sitting in the middle of the highway; then by a motor cycle babyhunter-from-hell, who snatches him up and rides off with him sitting on the front of his motorcycle; then by his adopted parents, Cage and Hunter. It ends in a showdown with the babyhunter-from-hell. Cohen humor is always outrageous and always hilarious.

    Like most Cohen brother films, Raising Arizona is full of outlandish characters that are well portrayed. Nicholas Cage is priceless as a Hawaiian shirt-wearing, hair-mussed bum, which he continued to play in other films, including Moonstruck (made that same year). Holly Hunter is fabulous as his tight-lipped, policewoman wife, later to play a similar role in O Brother Where Art Thou. John Goodman is consistent as one of two beer drinking, jail-bate "friends," and played a one-eyed version of the same character in O Brother. There never has been a cuter little boy in film than T. J. Kuhn, who plays Nathan Arizona, Jr. And Trey Wilson is perfect as Nathan's dad - a wheeling, dealing, furniture store chain owner.

    Raising Arizona is the beginning of a trend of wild, quirky, hilarious films by the Cohens that has not let up, most notably O Brother Where Art Thou, Hudsucker Proxy and Fargo. You'll recognize the seeds of some of the characters and gags from those films in this one. Enjoy!

    Waitsel Smith...more info
  • "A silly film for smart people."
    That quote is something I once heard to describe Jim Jarmusch' "Stranger Than Paradise", another benchmark in American indie filmmaking. Raising Arizona is flat-out hilarious, don't get me wrong. It is like a human cartoon, brilliantly realized by the Coen Brothers and their talented cast. Critics like Roger Ebert didn't get it when it came out and now I'm sure he feels sheepish.
    But beneath the manic surface of this comedy lies deep philosophical significance! Mel Brooks said comedies are serious business. He's right! I recently saw this film again for the first time in eight years. I feel the need to point out some of the genius of this film, despite the fact that I may be preaching to the converted:

    H.I's "adoption" of the Arizona tyke is followed by the "birth" of his old buddies, who emerge from the mud like it were a womb and they newborns from hell.

    History repeats itself, that to me is an underlying theme of Raising Arizona. Just as H.I. had to reach under the cradle to pull out the tyke, Leonard Smalls had to pull H.I. out from under the automobile. And Smalls has the same tattoo H.I. has. Smalls represents the demon of H.I.'s past that he must vanquish to become a responsible human being who can care for his wife and kids.

    So please, don't take this review too seriously. This film is meant to be laughed at. But Ethan Coen, a philosophy grad, and Joel Coen, film student from NYU are no dummies....more info
  • "They GOT more than they can handle!"
    "Raising Arizona" is one of what I consider to be the five instantly classic films by the team of Ethan and Joel Coen, the others being "Blood Simple", "Fargo", "Oh Brother Where Are Thou", and "The Big Lebowski".

    But "Raising Arizona" is my personal favorite, and probably the most quotable films I have ever seen, with some of the best dialogue ever written for film.

    The story in brief: H.I. (Nicholas Cage) and "Ed" (Holly Hunter, in one of my favorite roles of hers) portray, respectively, an ex-con and a cop who meet when he keeps getting arrested for robbing convenience stores. They fall in love, get married, decide that "there is just too much love" between them, and they need a "critter to share it with". Upon finding that "Edwina's insides were a rocky place" where H.I.'s "seed could find no purchase", they try to adopt, but are turned down because of H.I.'s record. Then they read in the newspaper about local unpainted furniture storeowner Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of "Unpainted Arizona", and his wife having quintuplets as a result of fertility pills, and who joke that "They got more than they can handle". The couple hatch a plan to take one of the babies and raise it as their own.

    What results is an ongoing, fast-paced, hilarious set of misadventures, complicated by the appearance of a ruthless, heartless outlaw named Leonard Smalls (Randall "Tex" Cobb) Nathan Arizona hires to find the missing baby, and two felon friends from H.I.'s past (John Goodman and William Forsythe), who make a childbirth-like escape from prison. Sam McMurray (the smarmy dad in "Drop Dead Gorgeous") is H.I.'s....smarmy boss, Glen. Frances McDormand (real-life spouse of Joel Coen, and star of other Coen films such as "Blood Simple" and "Fargo") is his excitable wife Dot. M. Emmet Walsh ("Blood Simple") has a scenery-chewing cameo role as H.I.'s talkative co-worker.

    When Ed finally opens up her 5'2" can of Southern-fried whup-ass, throwing her badge to the dirt, striding towards Leonard Smalls as she bellows with all her might, "Gimme back that baby, you warthog from HELL!!!" I always fling my arms up and shout "You go girl! Kick his ass!"

    And the way Hunter cries is hilarious.

    Holly Hunter was great in this role, as one would expect. She's a very talented actress, in both serious and comedic roles.

    Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter made a great onscreen couple, Cage with his hair standing out in every direction, looking like a hapless, browbeaten puppy half of the time, and Hunter as his diminuitive firecracker of a wife who loves him and tries to keep him honest (oh yeah except for that little kidnapping excursion).

    I could go on and on about this film but suffice to say that so far I haven't met anyone who didn't find "Raising Arizona" hilarious. And as any great Coen brothers film, it has a certain mythic quality that's hard to describe, but is present all of of the brothers' best efforts. When I was single, I often used Coen brothers films as a barometer of sorts for prospective boyfriends. For instance, I remember seeing "Fargo" on a first date, and when we came out of the theater, the guy (whose name I have since forgotten anyway) remarked "Huh, I didn't think much of that", while I was thinking how blown away I was by the film! I immediately thought to myself "So much for him! This relationship won't last long."

    For more great Coen comedy, check out "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" (2000), which is loosely based on Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey". Another great Coen comedy is "The Big Lebowski" (1998), which also includes my favorite singer/songwriter Aimee Mann in a brief cameo, and boasts a cult following that has resulted in an annual "Lebowskifest" for fans of the film.

    "Blood Simple" (1984) is probably my favorite film noir modern-day classic tale of lust and betrayal, and is my personal second-favorite Coen brothers film. "Fargo" (1996), which won the Screenwriting Oscar, and an Oscar for Frances McDormand, is another must-see Coen classic....more info
  • Very, very funny
    A deft, very funny screwball comedy starring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter as a married couple who can't have kids so decide to steal one. Cage is a petty thief who has been to the slammer a number of times; Hunter is the prison photographer who always takes his mug shot. They fall in love, get married, and Cage tries to go straight - in fact, succeeds, until the babynapping occurs. Quintuplets have been born in Arizona, and they decide to take one. It's one crazy thing after another from that point on. The dialogue is terrific, and Cage is at his best with his Buster Keatonish deadpan mannerisms. A real treat of a movie. Definitely worth a watch....more info
  • Not Hilarious, But Funny
    While this movie wasn't totally hilarious, there's always good fun with John Goodman in it. H.I.{Nicholas Cage} is a criminal, and his wife {Holly Hunter} is a cop. When she can't get pregnant, there isn't one adoption agency around that can give them a kid. So, they just kidnap a baby and pass it on as their own, because they want one so bad, and things don't go so easily after that because that's when John Goodman and his partner {who are both also escaped criminals} have to live with them for a while and later in the movie, things still don't get better because of Leonard Smalls, a tough biker who can probably crush anything with his hands and destory anything else with his grenades. Loosely, I'd give this just 4 stars, because while it was funny, John Goodman was my favorite guy, because I thought he was funny. This movie was not bad at all for a good comedy. Just the way he appeared in one scene, yelling as he crawled out of the mud in the pouring rain just like a monster or something. He is very funny. This movie was pretty neat, and not all that serious. There was never a sequel, though. It doesn't need one anyhow. ...more info
  • Great fun! 4 and 1/2 stars
    I enjoyed watching this movie last night as it was fun and quite funny. The acting is great notably by Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter and John Goodman. The jokes were great and memorable and I found myself on the floor rolling with laughter at some parts. The music is a little too crazy at times but it's hilarious. The janitor is so funny! I love thee manhunter guy who throws the grenade at the rabbit! That was absolutely hilarious!!!!!!!
    The movie is about Hi and Ed, a newly married couple who cannot conceive a child. No adoption agency will give them a baby as Hi has a criminal past. So, they steal Nate Jr. the son of the rich and hilarious Nathan Arizona. So now everyone is on the lookout for this baby and there's a huge reward. The manhunter is one guy trying to get the baby and even two excaped convicts and once friends of Hi are trying to get little Nate Jr.
    The movie has many memorable hilarious scenes like when the police is running after Hi. Priceless fun. "You've got a panty over yur head!!!!!!!!!!" Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!
    But, my favorite line was when one of the Snoat brothers tells the owner of a store at a gas station to count to 850 and back. At 799, he's like "bull sh**" when suddenly the Snoat brothers drive full blast down the road screaming at the top of their lungs because they forget Nathan Jr. The owner freaks out and gets back on the floor and counts again!
    The movie may be cheesy and the music may be annoying at times but it's still great fun and you'll be laughing nonstop!
    This is how I rank the 3 Coen Brothers movies that I saw:
    1. Fargo- By far the best!
    2. Raising Arizona- Awesome! Hilarious!
    3. The Big Lebowski- pretty funny but too many cuss words!...more info
    After all these years, this still remains my favorite film by those very wacky and talented Coen brothers. It's just a shame this didn't do so well at the box office upon its initial release, but I suppose one can tribute that to the general public at the time not being quite ready for such comedic greatness, lol. Just take my word for it and many other reviewers on here as well: ADD IT TO YOUR COLLECTION, PRONTO!

    Note: Nic Cage doesn't get ANY better than this when it comes to sheer comedy! His best performance by far in that sense.
    >;-D ...more info
  • Raising Arizona: psycho-social fundamentalists
    My favorite Coen Brother film might be Raising Arizona. It is the story of a convenient-store robber named Hi (Nicolas Cage) who falls in love with a police-booking officer named Ed (Holly Hunter). And for love, Hi goes straight until about page ten when Hi and Ed decide that they need a child to complete the "family unit." Unfortunately, Ed is "barren" and Hi is an ex-con, so they are unlikely either to conceive or to adopt. But Nathan and Florence Arizona-owners of the Arizona Unpainted Furniture dynasty-have just had quintuplets, and according to the headlines, it's "more than they can handle." Ed persuades Hi that they should take one, and so they do, stumbling into a story spiral that will never quite let up. They take Nathan Jr. back to their "suburban starter home"--a trailer in a largely empty expanse of desert--where they are visited in turns by Hi's boss, Glen, who brings his wife and frightening tribe of children, by escaped convicts Evelle and Gail Snopes and by a bounty-hunter on a motor cycle. Each proves a threat to the integrity of the newly, if illegally, formed family unit--if only by critiquing their parenting skills. Glen feels Hi needs to lighten up and swap wives. Glen's wife feels a shrieking panic when she learns that Nathan Jr. has yet to have his "Dip-tet." Evelle and Gail think breast-feeding is an absolute must without which the child will end up in prison just as they did. And the bounty--hunter wants the child in order to claim the $25,000 reward though he kindly intends to rough up the kid-nappers for free. In the end, they all recognize Nathan Jr. and want the reward of his love or the reward for his return. And when he is then kid-napped from the kidnappers, it results in a chase that ends in kindness, charity and an explosion--after which the movies' epilogue gently lowers our expectations down onto the sad, sweet melancholy of Hi's last dream.

    When you look at the filmography of the Coen Brothers, you may wonder at their variety, at their breadth. They seem to be able to work in any number of genres. But, in truth, they have only ever worked in but one: a zany film noir. And while those who love them, like myself, can provide you with a rather long list of objects, character types and thematic elements that regularly occur in their films--hats, vomiting, kidnapping, howling fat men, dreams--I am rather more interested in their portrayal of a world inhabited by psycho-social fundamentalists, who take everyone at his or her word-literally-and who are incapable of suspicion, of divining ill-intent. They are, more often than not, people who dream of having what is really no more than the ordinary fare of ordinary people; people who dream of living in what other people seek to escape. Hi and Ed are a warm trailer trash version of the farm couple in Grant Wood's American Gothic. And Hi is probably the better example. Is he an innocent or a well-meaning, conscious-less idiot? Terminally straight-faced, he describes his life and story in long, calm periods with dickensian qualification whether he is being fired at by a convenient store clerk with a gun many times bigger than his own; is being chased by police who fire non-stop and indiscriminently down residential streets, into occupied homes and through busy super-markets; or is being beaten senseless by the warthog from hell--none of which, incidentally, is as frightening as Glen's pre-schoolers. When you add the rush and erratic veer of the shaky cam shots and the distance-distorting wide-angle lenses, the result is an overwhelming visual for a life swiftly picking up speed in its downward spiral. But Hi is forever deadpan and earnest with only his hair to signal a kind of frenzied surprise at the unexpected mysteries of just getting through another day....more info
  • Son you gotta panty on your head
    I have seen this movie more times than I can count. This is one of the funniest quirky flicks that I have ever seen. John Goodman is great as a escaped con. You will love this movie, or my name isn't Nathan Arizona!!...more info
  • I don't know, maybe it was Utah.
    Raising Arizona is a classic--a fascinating and completely unique comedy that only the Coen brothers could have made.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, this movie, like most Coen brothers' movies, has multiple layers and is rife with symbolism and subtle messages. Unlike many other Coen movies, though, this movie has a "happy" and "satisfying" ending. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are absolutely adorable as HI and Ed, and the witty conversations are played to perfection.

    Raising Arizona is simply comedic genius. Period....more info
  • Best movie ever by Nicholas Cage
    Even if you don't like Nicholas Cage - watch this over and over and over. It only gets funnier each time. This is a classic in my family for quoting....more info
  • One of the Coen's best
    I immediately became a Coen brothers fan when I saw this.

    Nicholas Cage has never been better. Holly Hunter too. She is very vulnerable in this. And their meeting at the police station is unforgettable.

    The music by Carter Burwell is fantastic.

    Joel and Ethan Cohen now their characters and their locales.

    I loved Fargo too. But I think that this is my favorite movie by them....more info
  • Best Coen Brothers Film
    This is the funniest of all the Coen Brothers' movies. Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter and all the other actors are very comical. The choice of words is key to the humour in this film. A delight to watch over and over!...more info
  • Greatest ever
    There was a time, many many years ago, before National Treasure, Ghostrider and Bangkok Dangerous, that Nicholas Cage was in the greatest movie of all time. That movie, was Raising Arizona. If you haven't seen it, please start a Netflix account right now and queue up 4 movies and watch in this order:

    1st - National Treasure (wow, did I just sit through that?)
    2nd - Ghostrider (wow, someone in Hollywood funded this?)
    3rd - Bangkok Dangerous (wow, this is on DVD already? I saw it just opened last week in the theater???)

    at this point, you are going to want to jump out of a window, but before you do, there is 1 more movie you have to watch......

    4th - Raising Arizona (my god, this is the greatest movie of all time!!!!)

    You have now seen the greatest movie of all time, and will forget that Gone in Sixty Seconds, Lord of War, Next, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Face Off, The Rock, and Con Air was ever even made....more info
  • The Coen Brother's Quintessential Comedy
    The Coen Brothers' Oscar-winning triumph for "No Country for Old Men" seemed to me as much recognition of two decades of excellent, if quirky, filmmaking as it was celebration of that specific film masterpiece. Their films defy categorization, although I think it is safe to say that most of the films lean more towards "comedy" or "drama". One of their trademarks is adding humor to their dramas, and few comedies come with darker moments than theirs. For me, "Raising Arizona" represents their best and most outrageous comedy, and since their list of comedies includes "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading", that's saying something.

    Nicolas Cage leads as a dim but good-hearted small time convenience store robber named H.I. McDunnough. Holly Hunter plays Edwina, a policewoman who meets H.I. over and over again, taking the booking photographs and fingerprints of repeat offender H.I. in the brilliant prologue.

    Robber H.I. and cop Ed marry and set up homestead in a trailer "on the outskirts of Tempe" (when establishing shots show they are out in the western desert, far from any sign of civilization.) But Edwina's insides are "a rocky place" where H.I.'s "seed could find no purchase" so they are left childless.

    While Ed is going through the heartbreak of infertility quintuplets are born to the King of Unfinished Furniture, Nathan Arizona, and his wife Florence. Trey Wilson gives an absolutely brilliant performance as the blustering, tough-talking furniture man.

    In a stretch of logic common in Coen movies, H.I. and Ed decide that the Arizonas have more offspring than they need or can handle, so since they are childless it is acceptable to take one of them.

    The rest of the film deals more or less with Hi and Ed's attempts to achieve domestic tranquility with little Nathan, Junior, while a manhunt is initiated to recover the high-profile infant.

    Along the way we meet a pair of brothers, Hi's friends from prison, and recently broken out of said prison in a scene that is both hilarious and epic at the same time. This was the first film role that I remember seeing John Goodman, and he is a presence as Gale Snoats. Brother Evelle is played by an early William Forsyth, who tells Edwina that they haven't broken out of prison, they've "released themselves on their own recognizance." Goodman adds "we felt that the institution no longer had anything to offer us."

    Former boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb adds a surreal touch as a shotgun-toting, harley-riding, cigar-smoking, rabbit hand-grenading, post-apocalyptic bounty hunter, Leonard Smalls, who offers to recover Nathan Junior for the Arizonas, but only for twice the $25,000 reward. Smalls, who is later called a "Warthog from Hell" by Edwina, is after all only a capitalist and he informs Nathan Arizona that he knows plenty of people willing to pay more than $25,000 for a healthy baby. You don't doubt that he does.

    The soundtrack is Coen Brothers perfect and features a flailed banjo which is accompanied by yodeling and occasionally breaks into Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". Did I mention their movies are quirky?

    It would be difficult to say which is quirkier, the Coen's hilariously surreal dialogue or the unbelievable plot, but both are part of the joy of this film.

    H.I.'s boss Glenn (played by Sam McMurray) and Glenn's wife Dot (played by Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, Mrs. Joel Coen) show up so that Dot can work Edwina into a maternal frenzy over little Junior and whether or not he has been vaccinated with his Dip-Tet. Glenn meanwhile suggests wife-swapping to H.I. who responds by cold-cocking Glenn. Glenn fires H.I. who is tempted to return to his previous life of crime.

    Later the Snoats brothers bust in on a hayseed bank and order everyone to "freeze" and "get down on the ground". All of the people raise their hands and turn silently towards the shot-gun wielding brothers. An old-timer asks "Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? Mean to say, if'n I freeze, I can't rightly drop. And if'n I drop, I'm a-gonna be in motion. You see..."

    Coen Brothers movies are full of moments like this, and Raising Arizona has more funny moments than any of their others, if'n you ask me....more info
  • The first 30 minutes are funny and enjoyable mostly due to tickling and witty dialogues. The rest is boring.
    The first 30 minutes are funny and enjoyable mostly due to tickling and witty dialogues. The rest is boring.

    **** SPOILER. DO NOT READ this if you HAVE NOT WATCHED the MOVIE ****

    The film goes south when the two friends of Nicolas escaped from the prison and visited him in his home. Since then, there are only a couples of
    hilarious scenes. One is where the boss suggested wife-swapping. The other is when the kids of his boss wrecked his home.

    It gets worse when the bounty hunter started to track Nicolas down. The imagination is so wild that it's not interesting any more.

    Anybody who is expecting a child or wants to have one should watch this. It realistically and funnily portraits part of the difficulty of raising a child.
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  • Coen Brothers
    Coen Brother's film, what more needs to be said. These guys are remarkable at capturing a area's culture, dialect and humor....more info
  • Best movie ever
    I am a fan of all the Coen brothers' movies, but Raising Arizona is my favorite of them all. It's a gem, and I bought it for all my senior advisees (I'm a high school teacher) as their graduation present. "Okay, then."...more info
  • comedy at its craziest
    this Coen brothers classic is in my opinion their best movie. The film takes a serious subject-the kidnapping of an infant-and makes it funny with bizarre characters that are often unlikable and writing that is pure Capra....more info
  • wild and cartoonish fun, but why so few extras on DVD?
    If you are in the mood for loud, wild, outlandish and downright cartoonish fun, then this is the film for you. Quite a departure from an earlier offering, Blood Simple. Raising Arizona shows the other side of the Coen brothers: their penchant for wacky comedy, satirical pokes at American society, their expert casting skills, and some truly hilarious lines.

    Don't expect profundity; that is not the purpose of the film. If you want something deeper, go for No Country for Old Men. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy a rather noisy ride involving kidnapping, a troubled couple, two escaped convicts, a freaky motorcyle riding bounty hunter, and some extremely cute babies. Don't worry--no smarmy or maudlin stuff. The Coens know better than that.

    I just wish the DVD had more extras on it; there are just tv and film trailers for the movie, and promos for Barton Fink and Miller's Crossing. I was hoping for at least a brief interview with the brothers and cast members. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are so hilarious; I would enjoy hearing them talk about these roles.
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  • A non-stop romp!
    For the past 5 years I have seen this movie in bargain bins, picked it up, looked at the price (usually 5 or 6 bucks) and tossed it down, thinking I'm sure there is something more worth my while in the bin. Well, As I moved on chronologically to the second movie in the wonderfully priced Coen Brothers Gift Set (Fargo / Miller's Crossing / Barton Fink / Raising Arizona / Blood Simple) I was surprised to see that this was actually a movie of my childhood. In fact, I never realized that this fun movie was actually Raising Arizona, as it was always one of those movies I just happen to catch on cable dozens of times, never in the beginning. As I watched it this time, probably the first time in ten years, it all came back to me. Just as an old video game, in all its levels and enemies, comes to you if you were to play it now, I must have said, "Oh yeah!" in my brain about 20 times.

    Though, filled with 70's and 80's colors, this movie somehow leaves you with an impression of rather vibrant colors, no doubt the handy work of Barry Sonnenfeld. The scene where John Goodman and William Forsythe are bombed by blue paint in the car, not to mention there scenes screaming as they escape prison and screaming as they realize that they have forgotten the baby. The color of the Arizona Family's nursery also echo's in the brain after the movie is long over.

    The acting, well, your so tied up in the whole situation, that this does not even cross your mind. And so I believe it's safe to say, all the actors did a terrific job, though Cage and Goodman stood out for no other reason than, it was simply the nature of their characters.

    The yodeling/folk music is perfect, though I had a flashback of watching the end scene as a child, where Cage's character is dreaming. Though the mood is serene and he is dreaming of his future and everything is perfect, I felt as a child as I do now, that the music is slightly creepy and scary. I was also slightly afraid of Randall "Tex" Cobb, but now his character simply becomes such a great part of the movie comedically....more info
  • Funny Movie!
    Raising Arizona was my first introduction to Nicholas Cage and I've been a fan of his ever since. This movie is hilarious to me and one I can watch over again. And I'm not a huge fan of re-watching movies. This is a fairly family-friendly movie that even young teens should enjoy....more info
  • funniest movie ever
    This is one of the funniest, greatest most quotable movies ever made. "Son, you got a panty on your head." Nuff said....more info
  • Funniest Movie of All Time
    Seriously...even better than the classics...Caddyshack, etc.

    This is one smart, funny movie that will stand the test of time. ...more info