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Raising Arizona (1987)

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Release Date
Mar 11, 1987 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 3, 1999
 R2: 13 Oct 2003

Budget $6,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Circle Films

Studio 20th Century Fox, Circle Films, Ted & Jim Pedas-Ben Berenholtz [CREDITS]

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Other Titles
• Raising Arizona (1987)
• Arizona Junior (1987)

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Genre: Comedy, Kidnapping, Cult Classic, Scams And Cons, Prison, Police, Marriage, Satire, Christmas, Slapstick, Surreal, Blackmail, Thieves, Martial Arts, Black Comedy, Suspense, Love

Tagline: A comedy beyond belief.

Plot: A childless couple unable to adopt decide that a couple who just had quintuplets won't mind if they steal one of the babies. Thus begins the Coen brothers' madcap romp RAISING ARIZONA. Holly Hunter stars as Ed, a cop who is devastated when she learns that she cannot get pregnant. Nicolas Cage is her husband, H.I., an ex-con who wants nothing more than to make his wife the happiest woman in the world. So if she wants a baby, she's going to have a baby, one way or another.

Heading up the supporting cast of bizarre characters are John Goodman and William Forsythe as crazy cousins who have just busted out of prison, Sam McMurray and Frances McDormand as Ed and H.I.'s swinging friends, and Randall "Tex" Cobb as a motorcycle madman hired to rescue the baby. RAISING ARIZONA is the Coen brothers' most consistently funny film. Carter Burwell's score, replete with infectious yodeling, is relentless, Barry Sonnenfeld's cinematography is beautifully wacky, and the manic dialogue is the brothers' most quotable. The film is a treat for the ears and the eyes, a one-of-a-kind sensation from a marvelous pair of filmmakers.

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 Directed by
Joel Coen
No Country for Old Men, Fargo, The Big Lebowski
Ethan Coen
No Country for Old Men, Fargo, Burn After Reading
 Written by
Ethan Coen
The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Crimewave
Joel Coen
Crimewave, Gambit, No Country for Old Men
Nicolas Cage
Ghost Rider, The Rock, National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Holly Hunter
The Incredibles, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Crash
John Goodman
The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Monsters, Inc.
William Forsythe
The Rock, Halloween, Once Upon a Time in America
Frances McDormand
Fargo, Almost Famous, Burn After Reading
Trey Wilson
Twins, Bull Durham, F/X
Sam McMurray
Christmas Vacation, Addams Family Values, L.A. Story
 Music By
Carter Burwell
No Country for Old Men, Being John Malkovich, Fargo



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