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RAISING ARIZONA (1987)

A comedy about kidnapping a baby? A unlikely couple (lady police officer and a loser repeat, convict) want to have a baby, find out that they can't, so when another couple has 5 babies - they don't think just 1 will be missed.

The cast includes: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Lynne Dumin Kitei, and Randall Tex Cobb.

Written and produced by Ethan and Joel Coen (who also produced FARGO), directed by Joel Coen.

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"Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead..."

Quote from McDonnough: "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."

Raising Arizona is a much acclaimed "screwball love story, filled with mad chases, unexpected plot twists and wild pyrotechnics." After showing Cage's history, in a series of his robbery to prison sequences, the story begins after this inept convenience store robber, H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Cage), makes the commitment to give up his unsuccessful life of crime, and marries the local police department's mug shot photographer, Edwina 'Ed'(Holly Hunter). After Cage gets a straight metal worker job, the happy couple settle down to a peaceful life, in a roomy trailer. All is going well, until Edwina discovers that she can't have children, which she dearly wants, and they find out that they can't adopt because of McDonnough's past.

Out of desperation and pain, the unhappy pair come up with a plan to just take one of their town's celebrated quintuplets; the idea being that it would be sort of like picking out a puppy, from a litter, because the quints mother was quoted in the paper as saying, "We have more than we can handle".

This unique, creative screenplay was written by the talented Cohen brothers (Ethan & Joel) who have also given the film-loving audience such classics as "Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art thou?" and "The Man Who Wasn't There."

Joel Cohen also is credited with directing this unique film, with brother Ethan also giving his input.

John Goodman plays a friend of Hi McDonnough, Gale Snopes, from prison, who breaks out of the joint with a friend,Evelle (William Forsythe) and drops in on the happy little family, and this is the beginning of a rather funny story, with twists and turns of a great comedy.

Some favorite scenes include the humorous sequence of events, beginning with Hi McDonnough (Cage) trying to pick out a baby, while the parents were down stairs reading the paper.

The movie may be slow-moving for some, but it picks up as this unpredictable story goes along, and is well worth the wait, as the script is a talented piece of work, by the Coen brothers. Their unique sense of humor created quite a uniquely funny movie, that is both original and entertaining.

Rated PG-13

If you enjoyed RAISING ARIZONA, you might like FARGO, MIDNIGHT RUN, THE BIG LEBROWSKI, BARTON FINK, and O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?