Recidivist hold-up man H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. Desperate for a baby, the pair decide to kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. The McDonnoughs try to keep their crime secret, while friends, co-workers and a feral bounty hunter look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes.Written by
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Wanting to have as many options as possible in the editing room, the Coens and their cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld, decided at one point to have H.I. run through the house while holding a camera towards himself. After seeing the results, they decided it was too weird. See more »
When Glen and Dot visit, everybody sits down for a picnic lunch. One of their kids (a little girl with her head wrapped in a bandage) starts throwing the green Jello salad on to H.I. But when they cut to the shot of Edwina and Dot, the Jello salad is in the middle of the table untouched. See more »
My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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The opening credits (which start quite a ways into the movie) list only the main cast. The crew is not listed until the ending credits. See more »
A lot of things come together to make this film highly enjoyable; acting, writing, music, pace, directing... It's over-the-top fun. It took me several viewings before it sunk in that the film's base story is about child kidnapping; which is an extraordinarily serious crime. But this film makes you enjoy every minute so it's easy to forget the seriousness of the base story.
While I'm not a fan of Nicholas Cage, I thought this was a perfect vehicle for him. Holly Hunter is always excellent, IMHO. Their attention to detail in crafting their characters was on point and thorough.
"Well alright then." :)
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