Synopses & Reviews
It's easy to see why Raising Arizona
is one of the best and most beloved films that Ethan and Joel Coen have yet to create. The cultish humor, original characters, fresh cinematography, catchy soundtrack, and zany yet well-structured plot to be found in this film are all Coen brothers trademarks. Nicholas Cage plays a veteran criminal who marries a prison guard named Edwina (Holly Hunter). Because he and his wife cannot conceive, our convict-hero kidnaps, with only the most earnest intentions, one of the famous "Arizona Quintuplets." A hellacious bounty-hunting biker and two old pals who have just escaped from the pen make it very hard for the couple to raise their child properly.
This is a movie—and a screenplay—marked by breathless chases, improbable scenes, and hilarious dialogue throughout.
"To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their sidewinding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations, and a surprising dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. Every character, great or small . . . has the juice of comic originality in him."--Time
About the Author
Ethan and Joel Coen
have made several critically acclaimed feature films together and are the recipients of numerous filmmaking awards. Their movie Fargo
won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.