Raising Arizona script
Synopsis: 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. Not a blockbuster at the time of its release, it has since achieved cult status. In a manner typical of Coen Brothers fare, the movie is replete with symbolism, visual gags, unconventional characters, flamboyant camera work, biblical references, pathos, and idiosyncratic dialogue. The film ranked 31st on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list, and 45th on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list.

FLASH:

Full-face exposure of Hi once again in front of the mug-shot

wall.

ED:

Turn to the right!

Hi obliges but shoots sympathetic glances at Ed who is

obviously upset, wiping away tears and snuffling behind the

camera.

HI:

What's the matter, Ed?

ED:

My fai-ants left me.

VOICE OVER:

She said her fiancée had run off

with a student cosmetologist who

knew how to ply her feminine wiles.

FLASH:

On Hi's profile. He turns back to Ed.

HI:

That sumbitch.

SHERIFF (O.S.)

Don't forget his phone call, Ed!

HI:

You tell him I think he's a damn

fool, Ed. You tell him I said so -

H.I. McDunnough. And if he wants to

discuss it he knows where to find

me...

As another police officer starts to lead him away:

HI:

...in the Maricopa County Maximum

Security Correctional Facility for

Men...

CLOSE ON ED:

Looking up through her tears as Hi is led away.

HI (O.S.)

...State Farm Road Number Thirty-

one; Tempe, Arizona...

BACK TO HI:

Struggling to call back over his shoulder as he is firmly

led out the door.

HI:

...I'll be waiting!

The door slams.

LOW ANGLE CELL BLOCK CORRIDOR

As Hi is once again escorted toward his cell.

The Mopping Con is now in the middle-background, having worked

his way about halfway up the corridor since last time we saw

him.

VOICE OVER:

I can't say I was happy to be back

inside, but the flood of familiar

sights, sounds and faces almost made

it feel like a homecoming.

CLOSE ON MOPPING CON

As Hi passes.

CON:

Grrrr...

PRISON HALL:

Group is meeting again.

COUNSELOR:

Most men your age, Hi, are getting

married and raising up a family.

They wouldn't accept prison as a

substitute.

Hi looks sheepish.

COUNSELOR:

...Would any of you men care to

comment?

Two convicts sitting next to each other, GALE and EVELLE,

appear to be friends.

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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