Phoenix Magazine Looks At Impact Of 'Raising Arizona'
Arizona has a long history with moviemaking — from Monument Valley to Old Tucson studios.
But a huge percentage of the films made here are directly connected to the Southwest and the Old West. One that doesn’t exactly fit that description turns 30 years old this month: it’s the Coen Brothers’ second movie, "Raising Arizona."
The film starred Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a couple desperately in search of a baby of their own. That leads to a kidnapping of a baby named Nathan Arizona Jr., and a lot of odd characters and behavior.
Phoenix Magazine recently tracked down some of the movie’s lesser-known performers and looked back at the film’s impact.
We spoke with Phoenix Magazine’s Editor Craig Outhier.