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Friday, January 30, 2009

'Okay, then:' Plaza Theatre screens Raising Arizona

I know the Coen Brothers have won Oscars for Fargo and No Country For Old Men, while The Big Lebowski has emerged as one of the definitive cult movies of our time, but my heart will probably always belong to their second film, the Southwestern screwball comedy Raising Arizona from 1987. Two future Oscar-winners, Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, play a desperate childless couple who resort to kidnapping one of the infant "Arizona Quints," reasoning that the parents "have more than they can handle." When The Plaza Theatre screens Raising Arizona at 9:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 30, look out for some of the Coens' favorite actors as well as references to other movies. For bonus points, consider the similarities between No Country for Old Men's implacable hit man, Anton Chiguhr, and Raising Arizona's Lone Biker of the Apocalypse:

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