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Raising Arizona
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by Carina Hoskisson

"He's just gotta have his Dip-Tet Honey!"
5 stars

If you haven't seen this movie, SHAME ON YOU.

When Ed, the darlin' police booker meet H.I. McDonaugh, one of the cutest repeat offenders around, its love. Well, after 5 bookings that is. When H.I. gets out of the slammer, he decides to propose to the the petite Ed and they each give up their careers, cop and con, to be wed in holy matrimony. All is well in their dusty corner of Arizona, until the baby boom hits home. Ed and H.I. try and try, and when the Doc tells Ed she can't carry a baby, their loving relationship is in a downward spiral. They can't adopt because of H.I.'s "checkered past." Ed obsesses about children, her depression gets deeper and deeper. Once the immaculate housekeeper, she can't keep their trailer straight.
One night, H.I. and Ed are watching TV. The famous salesman Nathan Arizona and his wife have just had quintuplets. With that many babies, Ed reasons, they wouldn't miss just one. So Ed and H.I. set out to claim a baby for their own.
And this is not even the first 15 minutes.
With outstanding performances by Holly Hunter and Nic Cage, Raising Arizona is perhaps one of the funniest movies ever made and one of the best the Coen Brothers produced. There are so many stand out performances in Arizona, from John Goodman to one of my personal favorites, Frances McDormand. Its an ensemble piece that really works.
I believe the first 15 minutes of this movie is one of the most hilarious ever put on film. I dare you to watch it and NOT quote from it for days, weeks, YEARS.

Drop dead hysterical movie, marvelous performances from a great cast.

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originally posted: 09/29/98 02:12:26
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9/03/12 Courtney The Coen brothers one true comedy. Hilarious. 4 stars
11/18/11 Golden J. Williams Jr. Laughing all through this movie; did wonders for me. Cage and Hunter-what a team. 5 stars
7/02/09 brian Okay then. 5 stars
9/17/08 Stu Very funny (and sometimes poignant). The Coens rock. 4 stars
10/23/06 R.W.Welch Inspired lunacy. 5 stars
8/22/06 Sepi53 nice suprisingly good film 4 stars
2/18/06 VC so weird so funny 5 stars
2/04/06 Kankasaur clever and kooky Coens' classic 5 stars
8/19/05 Indrid Cold A little out of control in places and not wall-to-wall hilarious, but still very memorable. 4 stars
7/12/05 Jake This is a wacky film with a bizarre, ironic and hilarious sense of humor! 5 stars
1/27/05 Charlie Hilarious? Extremely Entertaining! 5 stars
10/01/04 Daveman Despite the maudlin final reel, it's simply bursting with ideas, wit and imagination. 5 stars
7/26/04 MyGreenBed One of the great comedies in movie history (with After Hours and Take The Money And Run). 5 stars
6/14/04 T. Maj Whimsical classic--the Coens' best film 5 stars
6/10/04 Kevin Farkas It doesn't get any funnier or more fun than this! 5 stars
6/10/04 jason nimtz 1 stars
3/12/04 James Kustes One of the Coens' best 5 stars
2/09/04 HorrorScribbler Would you buy furniture from a store called Unpainted Huffheinz? 5 stars
11/21/03 adguy If you don't like this movie, you must have a panty on your head. 4 stars
6/22/03 cochese Another "classic" I cant love. Is it just me? 2 stars
6/19/03 John Aster Habig classy stab at white trash cliches but not as great as O Brother 5 stars
5/16/03 George Jung People who hate this movie can suck diseased monkey cock...or a cock of some kind...I guess 5 stars
11/08/02 Stevo 'When there was no crawdad, we ate sand.' 'You ate whut?!'?!' 5 stars
9/30/02 hoboe joe i agree with Erik 1 stars
9/29/02 Charles Tatum Your'e a flower you are 4 stars
9/10/02 Francofile This one sticks in your craw, and tickles, for a good long time. Nic Cage's finest hour. 5 stars
9/07/02 Jim The Coen brothers' funniest movie 5 stars
9/07/02 Kyle A damn good surprise. 5 stars
7/10/02 Film Dude No Andrew, this was NOT A BAD MOVIE. FUCK, I hate you... 5 stars
3/05/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress Quirky little film that makes for an entertaining and delightful viewing. 4 stars
2/01/02 the scarecrow Do you hate every movie you see, Andrew Carden? 5 stars
11/17/01 Andrew Carden It's Very Rare When A Movie Like This Comes Out. It's That Bad. 1 stars
10/22/01 Soggy Bottom Boy One of the best comedies of the 80s, this one will live on as a classic! 5 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean A brilliant comedy 5 stars
8/08/01 moviegoer What else to say but, I LOVE THIS MOVIE! 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk This was my first Coen bros. experiences...it's hard to top. 5 stars
6/14/01 Law Firm of Dewey, Cheatam & Howe Coens are genuises. Period. 5 stars
3/17/01 hum if, like me, you adore the coens work, its awesome. for others... 4 stars
2/11/01 john d(THE DUDE) my second all time favorite movie 5 stars
1/14/01 John Nelson One of the funniest movies, ever!!! 5 stars
1/12/01 zippernek Son, there's a panty on your head 5 stars
12/03/00 Cristopher Revilla quirky but awesome action/comedy flick 5 stars
10/26/00 Liz S Funny, but not a movie i would choose to watch on my own time 4 stars
10/21/00 Hartman Nic Cage's best role ever. Holly Hunter's one of the best actresses around. Perfect movie 5 stars
10/11/00 Phil hilarious chase, hilarious movie 5 stars
10/02/00 Zeitgeist "Would you buy furniture from a store called 'Unpainted Hufheinz'?" 5 stars
8/10/00 Elvisfan Turn to the right 5 stars
10/19/99 The Bomb 69 classic, the late,great Tex Cobb was icing on the cake 5 stars
9/24/99 alyssa Great movie - love the music. 4 stars
9/15/99 Ratso The best comedy ever made. John Goodman is unstoppable. 5 stars
9/08/99 Haden maybe my favorite movie ever. If you don't like it-you suck 5 stars
9/03/99 Elizaveta Yodas and Shit! 5 stars
7/25/99 Josh Radde Magificent movie 5 stars
7/21/99 PhilmPhreak Son, you got a pantie on your head. 5 stars
6/27/99 Jim Armstrong Only incredibly anal and unimaginative people could dislike this movie. 5 stars
1/19/99 C Dub Exceptional comedy, great performances and of course, the phenomenal fight scenes! 5 stars
11/19/98 Emma brilliant 5 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob A quirky comic extravaganza. You'll either get it, or you like Friends... 5 stars
10/19/98 Kwyjibo Classic Coens movie. Better than Fargo in my opinion. 5 stars
9/30/98 Nate Dogg EXCELLENT FLICK!!! I live near that motorcycle guy with the grenades too... 5 stars
9/28/98 {{{OZ}}} Great fucking film. It all went down for Cage after this. What a shame. 5 stars
9/28/98 Johny A true landmark comedy 5 stars
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  02-Feb-1987 (PG)



Directed by
  Joel Coen

Written by
  Ethan Coen
  Joel Coen

  Nicolas Cage
  Holly Hunter
  Trey Wilson
  John Goodman
  William Forsythe
  Sam McMurray

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