Raised Arizona

Raising Arizona is a 1987 American crime comedy film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

It stars Nicolas Cage as H.I. “Hi” McDunnough, an ex-convict, and Holly Hunter as Edwina “Ed” McDunnough, a former police officer and Hi’s wife. Other members of the cast include Trey Wilson, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, Sam McMurray, and Randall “Tex” Cobb.

This film I saw originally in the cinema at the time of its original release. I remember it as this was one of the last films I saw that had an interval. This occurred when the guy bangs into a cactus. I thought it was the main character, but it turned out to be someone else.

Watching it again, some scenes were familiar – where John Goodman extracts himself from the ground, covered in mud (and other things) is memorable. And the ‘I’ve got the pin’ moment in the final confrontation I knew, but forgot it was part of this film.

Overall it’s a fun film despite the dark and criminal nature of the story. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter are perfectly cast. Plus there are a few familiar faces that have appears on lots of American TV over the years.

So despite being 33 years old, it holds up very well. And it’s 31st on the American Film Institute’s ‘100 Years…100 Laughs list’ and 45th on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” list.