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Raising Arizona

A COMEDY BEYOND BELIEF.

raisingarizonaAfter getting hitched, a former career criminal and a police officer (Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter) learn they can’t have kids… and decide to kidnap one of a furniture magnate’s five babies, the ”Arizona Quints”. The director, writers, cinematographer and composer behind Blood Simple. (1984) returned for a comedy that borrows from Preston Sturges, albeit with a dark streak and wildly imaginative camerawork from Barry Sonnenfeld. This nutty and funny movie even throws in a demonic bounty hunter without losing its way entirely. Memorable early performances by Cage and Hunter as lovable partners in crime. Carter Burwell’s score is rural and dreamy at times.

1987-U.S. 92 min. Color. Produced by Ethan Coen. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Cinematography: Barry Sonnenfeld. Music: Carter Burwell. Cast: Nicolas Cage (H.I. McDunnough), Holly Hunter (Edwina ”Ed” McDunnough), Trey Wilson (Nathan Arizona), John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray… Frances McDormand.

Last word: “In essence, after having completed ‘Blood Simple’, we wanted to make something completely different. We didn’t know what, but we wanted it to be something funny that had a very quick rhythm. We also wanted to use Holly Hunter, who has been a friend of ours for a long time. So it really wasn’t the story that was the origin of the project, but Holly Hunter, her personality and, by extension, the character we had conceived for her to play. In contrast, ‘Blood Simple’ took shape from an idea for a screenplay.” (Ethan Coen, Positif)

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