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Raising Arizona (1987)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  13 March 1987 (USA)
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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.

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T.J. Kuhn ...
Nathan Arizona Jr. (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
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Florence Arizona (as Lynne Dumin Kitei)
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Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Raising Arizona  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,847,564 (USA)
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Genius on so many levels.

"Raising Arizona" is one of those rare American films that seems to capture the essence of what this country is all about. From first light, with that banjo strumming and breaking into the Arizona sunset and song, we are treated to the lush landscape of a bygone era: That of the 1980's American southwest. Trailer parks, barren desert plains, jutting red rocks, desolate highways and small town Tempe...it's a testament to the film-making ability of the mighty Coens. The cast is perfection; each worthy of a spot on Mount Rushmore and a hand print on Hollywood Blvd. Each line in the script should be savored and reviewed over. And over. It makes me laugh, it gives me chills, it makes me cry. This is what film-making is all about. An absolute must-see.

These guys should have won an Oscar twenty years sooner.

10 out of 10, kids.


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