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on 29 April 2016
It's clear that the Coen's were master filmmakers from the off. Raising Arizona is up there with their best movies, showcasing everything that makes the Coen's great, from their off kilter realities to their snappy dialogue.
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on 11 June 2015
The best film that the Coen brothers have made that is a comedy with hilarity but also a very moving story With a great cast that includes Nicholas Cage in one of his best films Holly Hunter and John Goodman.
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on 26 July 2012
You just have to love the Coen brothers and there view on life. This comedy is a classic with the twisted, warped, sarcastic outlook about life in small town America. It is just a giggle.
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on 21 December 2015
Five star brilliance from the Cohen brothers: zany, zippy, amusing and told in beautiful pictures, Raising Arizona is warm, funny tale of simple folk living in the desert. Go see.
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on 3 November 2015
I really enjoyed the film but the problem was there were subtitles on the screen throughout the film, it was very annoying!
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on 25 June 2014
Fast paced, and non-stop funny, as good as when I saw it 30 years ago. Highly recommend this family comedy
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on 20 April 2016
An ok film starring Nicolas Cage with action and humour.
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VINE VOICEon 22 February 2016
Ed, a Policewoman, and Hi, a habitual criminal, can't have a baby for medical reasons. However they desperately want to be a proper “family” so they decide to steal one!

Not an obvious story for a comedy you might think, but in the hands of the Coen Brothers (writer and director) and Barry Sonnenfeld (cinematographer), who made together the truly wonderful “Blood Simple” the year before, you would be surprised at how laugh out loud funny it is. Raising Arizona (RA) is a weird and wonderful blast of inventiveness that has now become something of a cult movie, and some would argue the Coen's best to date. I wouldn't go that far but it's definitely in the top 5

Holly Hunter and Nicholas cage both put in superb performances as Ed and Hi, they really do sell that manically surreal story with real conviction. Barry Sonnenfeld's stylish and extremely quirky cinematography, later used to great effect in The Adams Family and Men in Black, helps keep the film slightly off centre and dreamlike, the Coen's trademark writing skills and sharp dialogue is as apparent as ever.

It's not for everyone, Nic Cage's manic intensity could put some off, and that quirky camera work can be a bit of a strain if you can't buy into it, but for me the over the top performances, stylish photography and that Coen's proven ability to direct comedy win the day.

Very funny.
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on 23 November 2015
Very pleased with purchase - highly recommended
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on 30 June 2009
Unable to conceive, police officer Ed McDunnough (Hunter) and her
ex-con husband H.I (Cage) steal a baby from a wealthy businessman, only
to encounter numerous problems.

After the successful Blood Simple in 1984, The Coen brothers maintained
their rise into the cinematic universe with this sharp and tactically
astounding piece of film-making with a well scripted plot and some sharp
direction to make a wonderful watch.

Starting off with a surprising and diverse approach to the prison
world, H.I is in and out of prison more than The Dude is out of the
bowling alley. This quick succession of events is scripted by a swift
Nicholas Cage accent in a funny manor, with the events falling in place
against the on screen revelations of the constant robber. Soon H.I and
the police officer hit it off and in virtually no time at all, we have
the major plot device, the stealing of the baby. Mineralizing all the
background and cutting straight to the point is one of the Coen's
strong points. In Burn after Reading John Malkovich finds he is fired
and creates his memoires before he loses them in the first half an
hour. The legendary writers and directors certainly know how to pack
the early punch and gain our interest.

Perhaps this is one of the most fascinating openings, because of the
absurdity of the concept of baby stealing. In no time at all we are
right with the couple contemplating the decision to steal one of
Arizona's babies in a bid to make their lives more fulfilled. Sat
outside the house and H.I is soon climbing a ladder into the toddler's
shared bedroom where the seven babies sit adorably silent. From the
dream sequences in The Big Lebowski to the wood chipper sequence in
Fargo, this has to be the brother's best executed moment. All the
babies sit in perfect silence as Nic Cage comes to take one of them
away. This whole scene is dark comic magic with a minimal problem soon
ensuring chaos as the babies parade around whilst the central
protagonist tries to redeem himself. The comedy on show here is
wonderfully typical childish behaviour that is exactly what you want
after the fast flowing montages. This settles the plot down with the
gentle comedy and the wonderfully shot interplay with the kids. Of
course in typical Coen fashion things are shaken up before the dust can
settle and when at home the new family finds they have some visitors in
the shape of H.I's old inmates, which adds an extra comedy gem as well
as some dramatic sparks to proceedings.

From here on in the good nature of doing the right thing for the baby
is left out as the Coen's use that special sense of self-indulgence for
their protagonists in a rightful bid to make the drama and comedy that
little bit funnier.

Raising Arizona has a few faults. Nic Cage's character is too sluggish
on the uptake to find funny with the constant narration offbeat, and
the bad biker is strange in context but regardless this 1987 release is
sharp and funny, with that wonderful uniqueness only the brothers can
pull off.

8/10
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