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'Raising Arizona' rips Reagan, offers up sympathy for the underdog

'Raising Arizona' rips Reagan, offers up sympathy for the underdog

The Coen Brothers would go on to make movies more grand than 1987's "Raising Arizona" and more "important" ones, and pretentious ones, too, but this rubbery, rip-roaring portrait of a well-meaning, oft-poetic, possibly prophetic redneck recidivist in the final years of Reagan's America is their most singular, sincere, and feverishly cartoon-like.

H.I., the aforementioned recidivist who is also seemingly sort of psychic (played by Nicolas Cage, who mixes the mannerisms of Woody Woodpecker and Robert Mitchum in "Thunder Road" with aplomb), and former cop Ed (played by Holly Hunter, carving out a character on the working class, hard-ass...

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