Raising Arizona

“We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter.”

In 1984, the Coen Brothers gave us Blood Simple (more on that at a later date)… a dark, creepy movie about death, murder, and killin’ people. So it only follows that their next movie would be an even scarier movie about more killin’.

Or maybe it would be an crazy, goofy comedy about a con-man and a cop who kidnap a baby from a local furniture bigwig ’cause the fella’s already got more little ‘uns than he can handle.

And just so it wasn’t completely void of death and killin’, there maybe could be a guy named Leonard (‘Lenny’ to his friends… though he doesn’t have any), who is now known for posterity as the Lone Biker of the Apocalypse.

Welcome to the loony bin that is Raising Arizona.

Nicolas Cage is H.I. McDunnough and Holly Hunter is his lovely “Turn to the right!” policewoman wife Ed. When they discover that young Ed’s insides are inhospitable to his seed, they decide the only way to further populate the McDunnough household (adoption’s surely out of the question for an ex-con) is to hijack themselves a critter from Nathan Arizona.

Of course that leads to all kinds of wacky hijinks including a particularly hilarious midnight diaper run, a foiled bank robbery (complete with exploding blue dye), and a prepositionin’ of a little wife-swappin’.

Raising Arizona didn’t too much at the box office in the spring of 1987, but by golly it’s become quite the little cult classic. The Coen Brothers would never make another movie quite like it, and that’s jes fine. That’s how we like things here in 80s-ville.

“I don’t know… maybe it was Utah.”

We ♥ Raising Arizona.


~ by weheart80s on January 30, 2012.

One Response to “Raising Arizona”

  1. Still my favorite Coen Brothers movie.

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