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Joel and Ethan Coen came up with a true original Raising Arizona the rollicking tale of HI and Ed played by Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter about a childless couple who steal a quintuplet in order to satisfy Eds maternal urges The lengths that HI and Ed go to to acquire a child are blown up into a weird and wonderful story which takes the usual stereotypes and pushes them into new dimensions The story tells how HI McDonnough a many times convicted armed robber who only robs convenience stores with an unloaded gun met and fell in love with Edwina the police officer taking his mug shots each time he is convicted They get married and all is grand as they try to start a family until Ed finds that she is barren HIs seed could find no purchase on the rocky shores of Eds insides Since they cant adopt due to HIs extensive record their marriage is going nowhere However one day the papers are full of great news Mr And Mrs Arizona have been blessed with quintuplets In the desperate throes of her broody hormonal imbalance Ed convinces HI that surely the Arizonas wouldnt miss one of their babies having been blessed with so manyThey do manage to kidnap one of the babies whom they believe to be Nathan Jr TJ Kuhn but it becomes clear that neither of them have any idea what to do with the baby As if Nathan was a visiting alien they dote and fawn over their idealised concept of a baby rather than the real thing thats sitting between them To complicate matters further two convicts who met HI in jail and have just broken out of the very same place show up at 200 am looking for a place to hide out Ed tells them they cant stay because she has respectable people coming to visit
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