Raising Arizona (1987)

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In this inversely upbeat yet original portrait of blue-collar America, a newlywed ex-con (Nicolas Cage) and ex-policewoman (Holly Hunter), realising they can’t conceive, kidnap one of a set of quintuplets born to a local furniture tycoon.

Mixing Preston SturgesWilliam FaulknerLooney TunesMad MaxThe Night of the Hunter and the Bible, the film is held together by a genuine love for its oddball characters and an extraordinary cinematic energy.

It also features John Goodman in the first of his many collaborations with the brothers.

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.