Raising Arizona (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Joel Coen Starring: Nicolas Cage Holly Hunter

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Raising Arizona is an underappreciated classic.

by Jeff on 6/18/2015

Fantastic movie. Cohn brothers at their quirky best.

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When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 222221340
UPC 024543706908
UPC 14 00024543706908
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating NR
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A childless couple unable to adopt decide that a couple who just had quintuplets won't mind if they steal one of the babies. Thus begins the Coen brothers' madcap romp RAISING ARIZONA. Holly Hunter stars as Ed, a cop who is devastated when she learns that she cannot get pregnant. Nicolas Cage is her husband, H.I., an ex-con who wants nothing more than to make his wife the happiest woman in the world. So if she wants a baby, she's going to have a baby, one way or another.^Heading up the supporting cast of bizarre characters are John Goodman and William Forsythe as crazy cousins who have just busted out of prison, Sam McMurray and Frances McDormand as Ed and H.I.'s swinging friends, and Randall "Tex" Cobb as a motorcycle madman hired to rescue the baby. RAISING ARIZONA is the Coen brothers' most consistently funny film. Carter Burwell's score, replete with infectious yodeling, is relentless, Barry Sonnenfeld's cinematography is beautifully wacky, and the manic dialogue is the brothers' most quotable. The film is a treat for the ears and the eyes, a one-of-a-kind sensation from a marvelous pair of filmmakers.
Plot Summary
Summary RAISING ARIZONA is a surreal, hyperactive farce in which a bumbling petty thief and the lady cop who keeps arresting him fall in love and decide to start a family. When they discover they can't have babies, they steal one from a furniture mogul who has just sired a set of quintuplets. The joys of parenthood are soon marred, however, by the difficulties of raising an infant on the run. The none-too-bright couple must flee across the southwestern desert in order to elude the villainous biker that has been hired to retrieve the tyke.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The first time I met Ed was in the county lockup in Tempe, Arizona. The day I'll never forget"--H.I. (Nicolas Cage), in voice-over
Quote "When they was no meat we ate fowl, when there was no fowl we ate crawdad. And when there was no crawdad to be found, we ate sand."--Cellmate (Sidney Dawson)|"You ate what?"--H.I. |"We ate sand."--Cellmate |"You ate sand?"--H.I. |"That's right."--Cellmate
Quote "So, why do you use the word 'trapped'?"--Prison Counselor|"Huh?"--Prisoner (Ruben Young)|"Why do you say you feel 'trapped' in a man's body?"--Prison Counselor|"Well, sometimes I get the menstrual cramps real hard."--Prisoner
Quote "You're not just telling us what we want to hear?"--Parole board member #1|"No sir, no way."--H.I.|"Cause we just want to hear the truth."--Parole board member #2|"Well, then I guess I am telling you what you want to hear."--H.I.|"Boy, didn't we just tell you not to do that?"--Parole board member #1|"Yes, sir."--H.I.|"Okay then."--Parole board member #1
Quote "Me and Dot went in to adopt on account of somethin' went wrong with my semen and they said we had to wait five years for a healthy white baby. I said, 'Healthy white baby? Five years? Okay, what else ya got?' Said they got two Koreans and a negra born with his heart on the outside...It's a crazy world."--Glen (Sam McMurray) |"Someone oughta sell tickets."--H.I. |"Sure, I'd buy one."--Glen
Quote "...But the doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase."--H.I., in voice-over
Quote "Ed felt that havin' a critter was the next logical step."--H.I., in voice-over
Quote "So come on down to Unpainted Arizona where you can get the finest selection in fixtures and appointments for your bathroom, bedroom, boudoir. And if you can find lower prices anywhere...my name ain't Nathan Arizona!"--Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson)
Quote "I think we got the best one."--H.I. to Ed (Holly Hunter), regarding the baby, Nathan Jr.
Quote "He's an angel. He's an angel straight from heaven!"--Ed to H.I.
Quote "You...busted out of jail?"--Ed |"No ma'am, uh...we released ourselves on our own recognizance."--Evelle (William Forsythe)|"What Evelle means to say is, we felt that the institution no longer had anything to offer us."--Gale (John Goodman)
Quote "Nathan Jr. accepts me for what I am, and I think you better had too. You know honey, I'm OK, you're OK. That there's what it is!"--H.I. to Ed
Quote "Right, you hayseeds, it's a stick-up. Everybody freeze. Everybody down on the ground."--Gale |"Well, which is it, young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? I mean to say if'n I freeze, I can't rightly drop, and if'n I drop, I'm gonna be in motion. Ya see."--Feisty Hayseed (Rusty Lee) |"Shut up!"--Gale |"Okay then."--Feisty Hayseed
Quote "Do these blow into funny shapes and all?"--Evelle|"Well, no...unless round is funny."--Elderly grocer
Quote "Son, you got a panty on your head."--Hayseed in the Pickup (John O'Donnal) to H.I.
Quote "Gimme that baby, you warthog from hell!"--Ed to Leonard Smalls (Randall "Tex" Cobb)
Quote "I'll be taking these Huggies and, uh, whatever cash you got."--H.I.
Quote "It just ain't family life."--Ed |"Well, it ain't Ozzie and Harriet."--H.I.
Quote "Okay then."--spoken by many characters throughout the film
Sight and Sound "...Wonderfully funny....Joel Coen is an original..." 06/01/1987 p.218-9
Variety "...Quirky humor and off-the-wall situations....As a director Coen demonstrates an assured technical touch..." 03/04/1987
Los Angeles Times "...RAISING ARIZONA is miraculously adept technically....Nicolas Cage has crammed every ounce of sweet earnestness into Hi..." 03/20/1987 p.C1
USA Today "...Still one of its year's best movies..." 04/30/1996 p.8D
Joel Coen
Nicolas Cage
Holly Hunter
Cast & Crew
Nicolas Cage - Star
William Forsythe - Star
Sam McMurray - Star
Trey Wilson - Star
Frances McDormand - Star
Randall "Tex" Cobb - Star
John Goodman - Star
Holly Hunter - Star
Barry Sonnenfeld - Director of Photography
Ethan Coen - Producer
M. Emmet Walsh - Cameo
Carter Burwell - Composer
Joel Coen - Screenwriter
Ethan Coen - Screenwriter
Joel Coen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
UPC 00024543706908
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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