- Actors: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe
- Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Deborah Reinisch, James Jacks
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2003
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005K26C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,834 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Raising Arizona  [DVD]
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Blood Simple made it clear that the cinematically precocious Coen brothers (writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan) were gifted filmmakers to watch out for. But it was the outrageously farcical Raising Arizona that announced the Coens' darkly comedic audacity to the world. It wasn't widely seen when released in 1987, but its modest audience was vocally supportive, and this hyperactive comedy has since developed a large and loyal following. It's the story of "Ed" (for Edwina, played by Holly Hunter), a policewoman who falls in love with "Hi" (for H.I. McDonnough, played by Nicolas Cage) 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 (Trey Wilson), who quickly hires a Harley-riding mercenary (Randall "Tex" Cobb) to track the baby's whereabouts. What follows is a full-throttle comedy that defies description, fuelled by the Coens' lyrical, redneck dialogue, the manic camerawork of future director Barry Sonnenfeld and some of the most inventively comedic chase scenes ever filmed. Some will dismiss the comedy for being recklessly over-the-top; others will love it for its clever mix of slapstick action, surreal fantasy and homespun family values. One thing's for sure--this is a Coen movie from start to finish, and that makes it undeniably unique. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This Coen brothers comedy manages to turn a pair of child snatchers into a couple you feel for. Although they are child abductors it's difficult to dislike them, their reasoning is flawed but they are driven by good intentions and despite their actions they are essentially well meaning folk who have lost touch with reality. After stealing one of the quints they feel their family is complete and their love for their new son is touching, you know that it can't last though and events become more surreal when old friends turn up on the doorstep - when you're trying to not attract the attention of the law you really don't need escaped convicts lodging in your house.
Both Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are perfectly cast as the dysfunctional couple. This dark comedy contains more drama than humour and their ability to portray inner turmoil makes them feel like rounded individuals, they have an emotional depth and their own personal story helps drive the film. Despite the craziness of the situation, the drama surrounding their relationship is powerful and the most effective scenes are the ones where it's just Cage and Hunter. We aren't just watching a daft comedy about a childless couple running from the law, we get so see a relationship which at first appeared solid, start to break down because of the pressure it tries to absorb.Read more ›
So take next years 'stand up comedian turned actor' and sit him down to watch this before he even thinks of wasting our valuable time. This sends canned laughter back to where it belongs - the can.
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.
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I was glad to add this film to my collection as it's one of my favourites of the Coens.
It did arrive with fragments of the case broken, the integrity of the case and the disc... Read more
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... Read morePublished 8 months ago by phil shaw