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This is simply put...an excellent film. It is well made, creatively conceived, smartly constructed and directed, and quite wry, witty, and amusing. It is NOT a film for everyone. The story line is perhaps too dark or edgy for some people's tastes, I would imagine. The story is about a convict who hooks up and marry an officer; since they can't have any children of their own, they wind up taking a dark turn and stealing an infant from someone who just had 5 babies at once. That's the story, no spoilers there. The story progresses absurdly, and many would find it ridiculous, unreal, and just not much to it. To anyone who likes HOW a film is made, though, it is a spectacular film. To people who like films that make you FEEL and THINK a bit, it is a curious film that will delight. To people who like DARK stories that tell something beyond the surface, they, too, should like this film. VERY funny story. GREAT characters portrayed. VERY entertaining, AND a real pleasure to watch! The brothers who directed this film have sustained themselves creatively speaking over many fine films, and this one should NOT let any Cohen Bothers fans down! There is so much more beyond the superficial premise of the story that touches on humanity's core, if you look a bit. Enjoy!
This DVD version is Window Box - technically 16:9 aspect ratio, and has black bars on all 4 sides of the picture. I HATE this as it shrinks the viewing image significantly. Yes, I could use the "Zoom" function on my television to fill the entire screen, but then the resolution would go down. Maybe the Blu-ray is correct.
Absolute classic from the Coen Bros. All the way from music to movie. So many great actors cast in a fun, fun story. Early Nick Cage and better than some of the recent output. John Goodman brilliant! Tex Cobb the classic baddie. Holly Hunter....well....that says it all.
Raising Arizona was the Coen Brothers’ second film. It was a crime comedy about an unlikely couple made up of Nicholas Cage as Hi, a repeat offender and Holly Hunter as Ed McDunnough a policewoman. They meet when Ed keeps on taking pictures of Hi when he gets incarcerated. They end up being married and Ed desperately wants a child, but she can’t have babies and they can’t adopt because Hi is a felon, so they decide to steal one. The story focuses upon the hijinks the couple gets into stealing and then trying to keep their child.
Like many Coen Brothers’ productions Raising Arizona is full of the odd, the quirky, and the larger than life characters and outrageous scenarios. There’s Gale (John Goodman) and Evelle (William Forsythe) who escape from prison and come to stay with Hi and the family. There’s the chase after Hi decides to rob a liquor store for some diapers that involves police, dogs, and a supermarket. There’s the biker bounty hunter who looks like a demon out of hell. This makes Raising Arizona one of the funniest Coen Brothers’ films.
We bought this on Amazon Instant Video and the quality is good .I can't say enough about the movie itself, easily one of the best Comedies ever made. Well, maybe that IS saying enough because there's plenty of other reviews here and on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes that similarly recommend the movie. This is Nicolas Cage before he became an action star, quirky and hilarious. The entire cast is great: Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Trey Wilson, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, and Randall Cobb. Everyone gives amazing performances! Possibly the best Coen Brothers movie ever made.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
The dialogue, the acting, the score, the cinematography, the acting, the timing, the acting.... I've yet to meet someone who doesn't love this movie, even though it sadly gets forgotten about. Remind someone who was alive in the early 90s about this movie and I guarantee they will tell you how much they love it & watch the shame of forgetting about it wash over them.
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2016
I was about to run out directly and get me some huggies, when the UPS gal arrived with my slightly used, yet completely undamaged copy of Raising Arizona. I'm a big fan of the Coen Brothers, but not a big fan of buying movies.
However, I had to make an exception in this case since this movie isn't available for streaming at the moment, and when it is it cost as much to stream as it does to buy a copy. "There's what's right, and there's what's right, and never the twain shall meet.". Ed Jr. would approve.
Raising Arizona was originally released in 1987 by the Coen Brothers. It stars Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall "Tex" Cobb. Its a total cult film. Absolutely one of the funniest Coen Brothers films out there.
3.0 out of 5 starsN Cage not so great in this film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2014
The film plays brilliantly...was recommended by a friend as a great movie to watch. I dont call it great at all. N Cage is MUCH better now that he is older and has less hair ;-) My not caring about the film has nothing to do with the seller or their merchandise, just the movie.
5.0 out of 5 starsWacky, wacked caper for the Reagan era
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2012
One of my favourite Coen brothers films, almost a live action cartoon in some stretches. Nicholas of Cage is superb as the dumb ass H.I trying to keep his 'family' together. There are some superb lines and exemplary screaming from all involved. Not for fans of the brothers more serious work.
3.0 out of 5 starsI was glad to add this film to my collection as it's ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2016
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 itself where both fine so I felt no need to return it.