July 10, 1987 in UK cinemas: Raising Arizona

“A comedy beyond belief.”

Raising Arizona is an American crime comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall “Tex” Cobb. Not a blockbuster at the time of its release, it has since achieved cult status. In a manner typical of Coen brothers fare, the movie is replete with symbolism, visual gags, unconventional characters, flamboyant camera work, biblical references, pathos, and idiosyncratic dialogue. [Wikipedia]

It’s the story of “Ed” (short for Edwina), a policewoman who falls in love with “Hi” (short for H.I. McDonnough), while she’s taking his mug shots. She’s infertile and he’s a habitual robber of convenience stores, and their folksy marital bliss depends on settling down with a rug rat. Unable to conceive, they kidnap one of the newsworthy quintuplets born to an unpainted-furniture huckster named Nathan Arizona. A Harley-riding bounty hunter gets on their trail and things start to get dangerous. [IMDb]

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