Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writer(s): Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman
We’re celebrating OU Parents weekend with a showing of RAISING ARIZONA, an early Coen Brothers favorite about a couple (Nic Cage and Holly Hunter) who want to have a child… so they take one.
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.
“A wacky, happy, daring, darkly comic tale of parenting outside the law.” -Rita Kempley, Washington Post
“Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territory to soar like a comet.” -Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“To their old fascination with Sunbelt pathology, to their side-winding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a…dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers.” -Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine