The Radio Times logo

Raising Arizona

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1987
  • Joel Coen
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

A habitual thief and his cop wife are distraught to discover they cannot have children, so set out to kidnap one of five babies born to a local tycoon. However, a relentless bounty hunter is soon on their trail, while two escaped convicts hope to get a reward for returning the child. Coen brothers comedy, starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman and Frances McDormand.

Advertisement
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This delirious mix of slapstick, surrealism and sentimentality from Joel and Ethan Coen remains one of their warmest, most complete works. Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter play a couple who decide to kidnap one of a set of famous Arizona quintuplets when they discover they can't have children, only to find themselves pursued by the lone biker of the apocalypse. Cage and Hunter (in her breakthrough role) are superb, and there are winning supporting performances from John Goodman and William Forsythe as two cons on the run. However, in the end it is the dazzling invention of the Coen brothers that shines through. From the audacious pre-credits sequence onwards, the pace never slackens for a second.

How to watch

Loading

Streaming

Credits

Cast

rolename
Hi McDonnoughNicolas Cage
EdwinaHolly Hunter
Nathan Arizona SrTrey Wilson
GaleJohn Goodman
EvelleWilliam Forsythe
GlenSam McMurray
DotFrances McDormand
Leonard SmallsRandall "Tex" Cobb
Nathan Arizona JrT J Kuhn
Florence ArizonaLynne Dumin Kitei
Machine-shop earbenderM Emmet Walsh

Crew

rolename
DirectorJoel Coen

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
Advertisement

RadioTimes.com is getting better. Fresh new look, redesigned programme hub, richer content…

FIND OUT MORE
Advertisement

Sponsored content