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(Insider)   "Is this history of the making of Raising Arizona funny?" "Not unless you consider 'oral' funny"   (insider.com) divider line
    More: Amusing, Raising Arizona, Coen brothers, composer Carter Burwell, actor Sam McMurray, completely different film, Ethan Coen, editor Michael Miller, Carter Burwell  
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2022-10-06 12:08:31 PM  
Subby you've got a panty on your head.
 
2022-10-06 1:46:50 PM  
I have a mild resentment of the movie because I was in college at the time and I was in some pretentious, deconstructionist English class where the professor told the class to watch the movie for an in-class discussion on the "role of the narrator" or something like that.  We had a week to get through watching it and there was a library on campus that had a copy, so it wasn't that much of a burden.  But I procrastinated on it and finally found myself with about 20 minutes before class to watch the whole thing.  "No big deal," I figured, "I'll get the gist of it and that'll be good enough."

Needless to say, trying to discern what the hell is going on in Raising Arizona from watching a handful of random 3-minute chunks of it is not an ideal way to absorb the story, much less figure out anything about the role of the narrator.  Between that and scrutinizing old Donald Duck comics for coded racism and classism, I barely passed that class.
 
2022-10-06 1:54:26 PM  
just a pretty lil' ol' desert flower.
 
2022-10-06 1:59:17 PM  
It's funny, but not as funny as anal.
 
2022-10-06 2:00:13 PM  
To mark the 35th anniversary of the film's release, Insider spoke with three key people involved in its production: the composer Carter Burwell, the editor Michael Miller, and the actor Sam McMurray, who plays H.I.'s boss, Glen.

I guess that's cool, but they couldn't get anybody else?
 
2022-10-06 2:14:01 PM  
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2022-10-06 2:19:50 PM  
My dog is named Arizona because of this movie.

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2022-10-06 2:28:59 PM  
"Well, which is it, young man? You want me to give an oral history of Raising Arizona, or be funny? 'Cuz if'n I give an oral history, I'm not gonna be funny. And if I'm bein' funny, then I cain't be givin' an oral history of Raising Arizona because it ain't funny."

/not necessarily my opinion
 
2022-10-06 2:33:23 PM  
OK then.
 
2022-10-06 2:58:23 PM  
One of my all time favorites. My parents took me to see it in the movie theater and nobody knew what the hell I was talking about. They wanted to brag about seeing Mannequin. Plebeians
 
2022-10-06 3:01:41 PM  
I consider oral funny, but that may just be because my wife likes to hum Yakety Sax during it.
 
2022-10-06 3:14:51 PM  
This is possibly the first movie that I ever loved as a movie - the visuals - the ideas - the very Coen Brothers thing of having utter lowlifes wax philosophical about the deeper meaning of life. And I do like the ending. Not happy but satisfying. I mean, as I recall it, it basically says that they will have a long hard life, but yes, there may be kids. Happy? Not completely, but satisfying.

...maybe Utah. Fricking brilliant.
 
2022-10-06 3:29:54 PM  
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//without any substantive reason, always has been my favorite shot in the movie
 
2022-10-06 3:45:02 PM  
Recidivism.


/Repeat Offender!
 
2022-10-06 4:00:20 PM  

Screaming Candle: This is possibly the first movie that I ever loved as a movie - the visuals - the ideas - the very Coen Brothers thing of having utter lowlifes wax philosophical about the deeper meaning of life. And I do like the ending. Not happy but satisfying. I mean, as I recall it, it basically says that they will have a long hard life, but yes, there may be kids. Happy? Not completely, but satisfying.

...maybe Utah. Fricking brilliant.


Hell, it's a happy ending enough that H.I. and Ed avoided going to prison.
 
2022-10-06 4:23:11 PM  
"There's nothing we can do with this film, but you're very talented. We have 'Weekend at Bernie's 4' if you're interested."

What my Coen brothers Weekend at Bernie's movie??  Whar???
 
2022-10-06 4:23:44 PM  
Its in my top 10.  The Coens were experienced enough to know what they were doing, but young and hungry enough to put their life-blood effort into the thing.   

I was like 11 when i saw it... Not exactly the target audience for a film about a family trying to have kids, but was blown away, even then....   Blown away like that little lizard that the guy on the bike shot.... Even that 2 second scene was giddy fun.
 
2022-10-06 4:25:01 PM  
..or was it a bunny.... Its been copied so many times.... i get confused.
 
2022-10-06 4:34:19 PM  
"They blow up into funny shapes?"

"Naw, just circular."
 
2022-10-06 4:43:13 PM  
Also this, and Coen Brothers dialogue was mostly penned by Ethen, credit where it's due:

"Say that reminds me, how'd you get that kid so darn fast? Me and Dot went into adopt on account a' somethin' went wrong with my semen, and they said we had to wait five years for a healthy white baby. I said healthy white baby, five years? OK what else ya got? Said they got two koreans and a nigra born with its heart on the outside. Huh, it's a crazy world."
 
2022-10-06 4:49:06 PM  
Yes, the dialogue in the movie is mostly as-written. Back in the day no one could pen a script like the Coens

https://imsdb.com/scripts/Raising-Arizona.html
 
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2022-10-06 4:52:49 PM  
Well, that's just like your opinion

/am I doing it right?
 
2022-10-06 5:10:27 PM  

Paul Hackett: Yes, the dialogue in the movie is mostly as-written. Back in the day no one could pen a script like the Coens

https://imsdb.com/scripts/Raising-Arizona.html



Read this script a while back. I used to wonder if they dropped the ball by not including most of this line below. I do remember the "now prison life is very structured" part, I assumed they cut the preceding because it painted HI as more sophisticated than a simple stick-up robber, which they probably settled on later for the character:


VOICE OVER I was in for writing hot checks which, when businessmen do it, is called an overdraft. I'm not complainin', mind you; just sayin' there ain't no pancake so thin it ain't got two sides. Now prison life is very structured - more than most people care for...
 
2022-10-06 5:49:30 PM  

swankywanky: [Fark user image image 850x688]

//without any substantive reason, always has been my favorite shot in the movie


Fish bulbs?
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2022-10-06 6:10:11 PM  
"Would you buy furniture from a place called Unpainted Huffheinz?"
 
2022-10-06 6:18:24 PM  
I'm sorry....that's one movie that I walked out of...I just didn't find it funny and I never forgave Nick Cage for it.
 
2022-10-06 6:48:26 PM  

EasilyDistracted: I'm sorry....that's one movie that I walked out of...I just didn't find it funny and I never forgave Nick Cage for it.


I never finished it, either. It's just not for me and that's fine. The good thing is there are plenty of Coen Brothers movies I do love, from Blood Simple to Miller's Crossing to Fargo to Big Lebowski to No Country For Old Men and others. I look at those films and I'm astonished they're all from the same two guys.

/ I still need to watch Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
2022-10-06 6:54:39 PM  

Screaming Candle: This is possibly the first movie that I ever loved as a movie - the visuals - the ideas - the very Coen Brothers thing of having utter lowlifes wax philosophical about the deeper meaning of life. And I do like the ending. Not happy but satisfying. I mean, as I recall it, it basically says that they will have a long hard life, but yes, there may be kids. Happy? Not completely, but satisfying.

...maybe Utah. Fricking brilliant.


Raising Arizona ending dream
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2022-10-06 6:57:35 PM  
"You ate sand ?!?"
 
2022-10-06 7:13:22 PM  
Love Holly Hunter, but secretly think she's going to kick my ass.


/ maybe that's part of it
// whaddaya think, Doc?
/// I may have said too much
 
2022-10-06 7:18:55 PM  

Billy Liar: Love Holly Hunter, but secretly think she's going to kick my ass.

/ maybe that's part of it
// whaddaya think, Doc?
/// I may have said too much

A Life Less Ordinary - forest scene (rem - leave)
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2022-10-06 8:02:55 PM  

Billy Liar: Love Holly Hunter, but secretly think she's going to kick my ass.


/ maybe that's part of it
// whaddaya think, Doc?
/// I may have said too much


At one point the Coen Brothers, Holly Hunter, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and assorted pre-famous people lived together. Sam said that while Holly normally just wore jeans and t-shirt, one day she came out with full makeup, skirt, little top, hair all done up. Everyone present complimented her and they asked her if she had a hot date.

Holly jammed her hands on her hips and said angrily "I'm auditioning for a prostitute and I don't appreciate you saying that!" and stormed out. Sam's impression of her leads me to believe that Ed is the real Holly

/The camera going up the ladder and into Mrs. Arizona's mouth was an homage to Evil Dead
 
2022-10-06 8:45:13 PM  
Howdy, Curt.
 
2022-10-06 9:17:55 PM  

EasilyDistracted: I'm sorry....that's one movie that I walked out of...I just didn't find it funny and I never forgave Nick Cage for it.


I think you may have unknowingly watched "Leaving Las Vegas."
 
2022-10-06 9:38:22 PM  
You're gonna send him to Arizona State.
/diptet
 
2022-10-06 10:01:59 PM  

T.rex: Its in my top 10.  The Coens were experienced enough to know what they were doing, but young and hungry enough to put their life-blood effort into the thing.   

I was like 11 when i saw it... Not exactly the target audience for a film about a family trying to have kids, but was blown away, even then....   Blown away like that little lizard that the guy on the bike shot.... Even that 2 second scene was giddy fun.


T.rex: ..or was it a bunny.... Its been copied so many times.... i get confused.


He shoots a lizard off a rock with his shotgun, and he throws a grenade over his shoulder that a bunny goes and sniffs before it explodes.
 
2022-10-07 10:53:27 AM  
I like this movie.
 
2022-10-07 11:03:34 AM  

CarnySaur: To mark the 35th anniversary of the film's release, Insider spoke with three key people involved in its production: the composer Carter Burwell, the editor Michael Miller, and the actor Sam McMurray, who plays H.I.'s boss, Glen.

I guess that's cool, but they couldn't get anybody else?


Maybe those are code names.
 
2022-10-07 11:05:49 AM  
Anyone found bipedal in five wears his ass for a hat!
 
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