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Raising Arizona

1987 American crime comedy film directed by Joel Coen, produced by Ethan Coen, and written by Joel and Ethan Coen Website

Approval Rate: 76%

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    Sun Feb 28 2010

    Great screwball comedy! I like the mix of dry delivery/slapstick humor in the film. After seeing it twenty plus years ago I still enjoy it.

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    Tue May 12 2009

    Cute movie

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    Tue May 12 2009

    I think I'm gonna watch this one again. Its been a VERY long time. Pretty funny.

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    Mon May 11 2009

    I can't believe this is only receiving 3 stars from the faithful. Wow, you guys are nuts! This is one of the classics. John Goodman and whole slew of entertaining people in a very funny film.

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    Wed Apr 29 2009

    The movie Raising Arizona was absolutely hilarious!!! Nicholas Cage was amazing! Cohen brothers are awesome like always.

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    Sat Apr 11 2009

    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, somethin... Read more

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    Mon Mar 30 2009

    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... Read more

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    Sun Mar 15 2009

    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.

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    Fri Mar 06 2009

    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... Read more

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    Mon Dec 29 2008

    that was cute

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    Mon Sep 01 2008

    I must see...

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    Tue Aug 19 2008

    full of great lines

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    Wed Aug 13 2008

    Nicholas Cage....and I still don't enjoy it

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    Wed Jun 25 2008

    Pretty funny in an offbeat sort of way.

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    Mon Jun 23 2008

    NOt sure at all.. but Id love to see it actually... the description looks interesting...

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    Wed Jun 18 2008

    this movie should be the basis for a religion

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    Mon Jun 09 2008

    It was really funny.

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    Sun Jun 08 2008

    Nicolas Cage baby!

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    Sat Jun 07 2008

    I loved this movie and would love to see it again, it's been years.

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    Fri Jun 06 2008

    This is the shit! are you reformed? well.....ok then!!!!!

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    Mon Jun 02 2008

    Don't really remember it

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    Sun Jun 01 2008

    havent' seen it, can't judge good or bad

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    Sat May 31 2008

    havent seen it

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    Sat May 31 2008

    This movie was fun. They steal the baby then steal to take care of the baby...pretty funny movie

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    Fri May 30 2008

    ok kinda stupid

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    Thu May 29 2008

    I know, I know...I've GOTTA see this. But I haven't. It is in my Netflix que, however.

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    Fri Aug 24 2007

    I would go four and one half stars. I don't consider it the Coen brothers best it was when they started to really get noticed by the mainstream. The cast is very good, the story a little weak, and the humor is spotty. But "A" for effort and for pushing the envelope big-time.

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    Tue Jun 05 2007

    ORIGINAL COMMENT:  Destined to become a cult classic. All I can add is to state you should read the review posted by VirileVagabond. UPDATE:  I saw it again last week on cable, and it still has its vigor.  I think that it is well on the way to become a cult classic.

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    Tue Jun 05 2007

    Back when Nicholas Cage wasn't annoying

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    Mon Feb 13 2006

    Very dry humor in this one and not much of a story.

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    Sat Oct 29 2005

    The Cohen brother masterpiece.

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    Sat Mar 12 2005

    Raising Arizona (released in 1987) is the Coen Brothers' sophomore film and is considered by many to be their best. The movie starts with an extended, philosophically tinged monologue by smalltime criminal H.I. Hi McDonnough (Nicolas Cage) on how he meet his ex-cop wife Ed (Holly Hunter) and their struggles to have baby. The couple read about how the wife of local business bigwig Nathan Arizona, Sr. (Trey Wilson) has just had quintuplets so they decide that they should get a share of the bounty and kidnap one of the infants. Arizona hires a rough, no questions asked bounty hunter Leonard Smalls (Randall Tex Cobb) to track down the missing baby while Hi's neighbors (Sam McMurray and Frances McDormand) and hoodlum friends (John Goodman and William Forsythe) get suspicious and want the baby for themselves. After evading all the traps and snares set by all the antagonists, including a hair raising chase with a stolen box of Huggies, our heroes ultimately decide that honesty is the best... Read more

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    Sun Aug 22 2004

    Probably one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter are hilarious as the quirky couple searching for a toddler to adopt. John Goodman was very funny as a small-time crook, too. This movie made me laugh out loud.

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    Wed Dec 24 2003

    A very witty, quirky and intelligent comedy, with Nick Cage in one of his best performances. The convenience store diaper robbery is particularly good.

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    Thu Dec 18 2003

    ok i am the only one i think from what i glanced at that hated this movie. :( sorry:( i really have no opinion i just didnt like it for some reason.

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    Tue Nov 04 2003

    Young Cohen brothers made good stuff even back in the day.

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    Mon Oct 27 2003

    I just couldn't get into this flick, maybe it's the fact that Nick Cage is pure unadulterated evil.

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    Sun Aug 10 2003

    I laughed so hard I cried.

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    Thu Aug 07 2003

    This movie sucked. O Brother Where Art Thou?, now that's a funny movie.

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    Wed Feb 19 2003

    Funniest movie of the 80's. Best line- when Nathan Arizona responds to the FBI's questioning of his stolen infant's pajamas: "I DUNNO! THEY HAD YODAS AND SH#@ ON THEM!"

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    Sat Jan 05 2002

    More than a comedy, this is an all-around excellent film. Cage and Hunter are marvellous as a couple who, out of desperation, take matters into their own, though somewhat confused, hands. This film could have been dark or jaded, but it was handled with such a light touch that it turns out to be a positive affirmation of love and hope.

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    Tue Dec 18 2001

    After I saw this movie, I started driving by convenience stores that were not on the way home

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    Fri Nov 23 2001

    Marvelous - it even manages to make Cage's tired routine work.