Coenpalooza! Raising Arizona

(USA, 1987, 94 mins, DCP)
CAST Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Trey Wilson, William Forsythe, Frances McDormand


Coenapolooza! The year was 1987 and the Coen brothers boys only had one previous feature to their name, the byzantine Texan noir Blood Simple. For all that film’s twisted wit there wasn’t much to anticipate this demented slice of screwball Western farce.

Career criminal H.I. McDonnaugh (Nic Cage) marries police woman Ed (Holly Hunter), but sadly her womb is a barren place. Hi resolves to make off with one of the quintuplets born to local furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona - after all, how many babies does he need, really?