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PG-13| 1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi is unable to have children they decide to snatch a baby. They try to keep their crime a secret, while friends, co-workers and a bounty hunter look to use the child for their own purposes.

Cast: Nicolas Cage , Holly Hunter , Trey Wilson , John Goodman , William Forsythe , Sam McMurray , Frances McDormand , Randall Cobb

Director: Joel Coen

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Raising Arizona (1987)

Release Date: March 1st, 1987|1 hr. 33 min.

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  • 25
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    The big trouble with Raising Arizona is that the Coens overdrew their wild and crazy yarn, and overdo almost every gag and gimmick. [20 Mar 1987] show more

  • 50
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    These fraternal film makers have a lot of imagination and sense of fun - and, most of all, a terrific sense of how to manipulate imagery... But sometimes they seem to be getting too big a kick out of their own shenanigans. By the end, the fun feels a little forced. [26 Mar 1987, p.34(E)] show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The whole caper loses its rhythm and its direction around the two-thirds mark. By the finish, the punch has left the lines, and the once-purposeful energy goes mindlessly manic - gone are both the point and the parody. show more

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