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.

GALE:

But sometimes your career gotta come

before family.

EVELLE:

Work is what's kept us happy.

ANGRY BLACK CON:

Yeah, but Doc Schwartz is sayin' you

gotta accept responsibilities. I

mean I'm proud to say I got a

family... somewheres.

HIGH ANGLE CELL:

Looking down from the ceiling. In the foreground, lying on

the top bunk, hands clasped behind his head as he stares off

into space is MOSES. Moses is a gnarled, elderly black con

with wire-rimmed spectacles. On the lower bunk, also with

hands clasped behind his head and staring off at the same

spot in space, is Hi.

VOICE OVER:

I tried to sort through what the Doc

had said, but prison ain't the easiest

place to think.

MOSES:

An' when they was no meat we ate

fowl. An' when they was no fowl we

ate crawdad. An' when they was no

crawdad to be foun', we ate San'.

HI:

You ate what?

MOSES:

(nodding)

We ate San'.

HI:

You ate sand?!

MOSES:

Dass right...

PAROLE BOARD ROOM

Hi faces the same three PAROLE OFFICERS across the same table.

CHAIRMAN:

Well Boy, you done served your twenty

munce, and seeing as you never use

live ammo, we got no choice but to

return you to society.

SECOND MAN:

These doors goan swing wide.

HI:

I didn't want to hurt anyone, Sir.

SECOND MAN:

Hi, we respect that.

CHAIRMAN:

But you're just hurtin' yourself

with this rambunctious behavior.

HI:

I know that, sir.

CHAIRMAN:

Okay then.

HIGH SHOT:

Of a 7-Eleven parking lot, at night, deserted except for

Hi's car which sits untended, its engine rumbling.

VOICE OVER:

Now I don't know how you come down

on the incarceration question...

Hi backpedals into frame with a shotgun and a bag of cash.

VOICE OVER:

...whether it's for rehabilitation

or revenge.

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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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