The first feature film by Coen brothers was a gritty thriller, the aptly named “Blood Simple.” Their second, from 1987 was a – surprise! – a very offbeat comedy, “Raising Arizona.”
An ex-cop (Holly Hunter) and her ex-con husband (Nicolas Cage,) are devastated when they learn they can’t have children. But their spirits lift when they see on the news that a very rich couple just had quintuplet sons, one of whom is named Arizona. With so many kids, surely they could spare one. Thus begins the most inept kidnaping adventure you could imagine. When a reward is posted, the couple have to outrun a bounty hunter, a pair of crooks the cops and more. Alternately aided and hampered by friends and ex-cons (soon to be cons again) the wild, frantic, hilarious chase in on. With John Goodman, Frances McDormand.