The coens have put some mythical baddies in their movies, and while the sight of some of them might strike fear in the hearts of men faster (randall tex cobb in raising arizona, for one), you better believe that no other movie they make as long as they live will feature a character as calmly badass as anton chigurh. A coen brothers movie that launched nicholas cage into the limelight my favourite part of the movie is when the main characters meet and court. Raising arizona is a 1987 american crime comedy film directed, written, and produced by the coen brothers , and starring nicolas cage , holly hunter , william forsythe , john goodman , frances mcdormand , and randall tex cobb. Its hard to imagine a better match for the dusky wit and stark humanity of mccarthys characters than joel and ethan coen who burst onto the american cinema scene with the influential comic noir classic blood simple and have gone on to forge some of the most inventive motion picture tales of our times including raising arizona, millers crossing.
Few filmmakers have created more memorable characters than joel and ethan coen even when the st louis park natives' movies don't work, like the george clooney/catherine zeta jones romantic. Raising arizona is a 1987 american crime comedy film directed by joel coen, produced by ethan coen, and written by joel and ethanit stars nicolas cage as hi hi mcdunnough, an ex-convict, and holly hunter as edwina ed mcdunnough, a former police officer and hi's wife. The two draw on their complimentary educations (joel in film and ethan in philosophy) to construct film worlds and characters that are deeply flawed, yet uncompromisingly eloquent in their presentation. Two years after the release of blood simple, the coens released raising arizona, which was also finical success this time the comedy was not so black- maybe a lighter shade of gray this time the comedy was not so black- maybe a lighter shade of gray.
Raising arizona — 1987 — dir joel and ethan coen the coen brothers are known for their quirky storylines and even more offbeat characters from slacker bowlers to crazy playwrights, they always keep their dedicated fans guessing. Raising arizona has a pair of babynapping criminals as heroes, but a more obvious and intimidating villain shows up in order to get killed off, and the protagonists only really live happily ever after in their unlikely dreams. Joel and ethan coen have co-written, co-directed, and in some cases, co-produced and co-edited 15 mostly incredible feature-length films some are straight comedies, some are based on novels and religious texts, and others are remakes of earlier films or stage plays. While writing, the coens created a second leading role with another actor in mind: john goodman, who had appeared in their 1987 comedy raising arizona his new character, charlie, was barton's next-door neighbor in the cavernous hotel [10.
These siblings are two of america's premiere directors, and it seems the american spirit is represented in their work: always reinventing genres while also mixing seemingly incongruous ones together to form a melting pot of ideas, styles, and stories, the coen brothers' films can best be described as eccentric. Leonard smalls is named after lennie small, one of the two main characters of the book/play of mice and men by john steinbeck during the chase scene through the grocery store, the movie's theme can be heard playing on the store's music system. The character of leo was written for trey wilson, who played nathan arizona, sr, in the coens' previous film, raising arizona (1987) wilson died shortly before production began, so albert finney took over the role. The coen brothers were born in minneapolis, minnesota, to two college professors: their father, edward, taught economics, and their mother, rena, was an art historian.
A critical favorite since the moment of its release, fargo took home two oscars in 1997: one for the coen brothers for best original screenplay and another to frances mcdormand for her portrayal. Joel (left) and ethan coen strike a pose on the raising arizona set in 1987. Raising arizona was released twenty-four years ago and made $29m worldwide, then exceptional for an indie quite often i see filmmakers take liberties with conventional structure, quoting the success of independent filmmakers who love breaking the rules, such as the coen brothers. With producer, co-writer and brother ethan, writer-director joel coen was part of the most celebrated brother act in recent entertainment memory.
The shot in which the camera moves in on florence arizona discovering that nathan jr is gone is a direct homage to the evil dead (1981), a film on which joel coen was an assistant editor edit report this. A classic film from the coen brothers, raising arizona features an excellent dvd transfer but not much more top cinematographer barry sonnenfeld, who later directed get shorty and wild wild west, photographed this film and its transfer would make him proud. Joel and ethan coen , commonly known as the coen brothers have written and directed numerous successful films, such as comedies o brother where art thou , raising arizona and the big lebowski , as well as darker film noir dramas.
Raising arizona is a 1987 american comedy film directed by the coen brothers and starring nicolas cage, holly hunter, william forsythe, john goodman, frances mcdormand and randall tex cobb. Blood simple is a 1984 american neo-noir crime film written, edited, produced, and directed by joel and ethan coenit was the directorial debut of the coens and the first major film of cinematographer barry sonnenfeld, who later became a noted director, as well as the feature film debut of joel coen's wife frances mcdormand, who subsequently starred in many of his features. Whether stealing babies alongside holly hunter in joel and ethan coen's raising arizona, but i also saw the character as a kind of woody woodpecker come to life of the two of us, i'm. Sometimes it's a hard world for the little things, mumbles hi mcdunnough in raising arizona, after awakening from a nightmare (or a vision—he isn't sure) in which the lone biker of the apocalypse blows up a fluffy little bunny with a grenade.