Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona

My wife and I are expecting our first child in one month, (unless it is pushed back- busy summer box office) and so I wanted to share a film with her that centers around a baby. The Coen brothers wrote and directed this 1987 comedy starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter about a couple who kidnap a baby (trust me, its a comedy). Cage’s crazy early in his career worked for his repeat offender, balancing with the more level headed Hunter who you really wanted to be happy but often felt sad for. Together they made a watchable couple, trying to figure out how to be parents and who meet a variety of even more slightly over the top characters (thank you Coens!). At 94 minutes the film moves along quickly not wasting any screen time and was filmed in Arizona. I love the seemingly random moments sprinkled throughout the film, be it a new character or the camera focussing on a tiny detail, only to be surprised later once it all comes together. Moments like that are the reason I rewatch films over the years. Maybe you forget some of the details but you have fun rediscovering and while this is not a laugh a minute film, (unless you count Cage’s hair style) it has a sensibility that I really appreciate. The Coens directed this between Blood Simple and Miller’s Crossing (highly recommend!), Cage acted in this between Peggy Sue Got Married and Moonstruck, and Hunter was in this between Blood Simple and End of the Line.

 

Raising Arizona

IMDB

1987, 1h 34m

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