Directed and Produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Starring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter.
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $22,847,564 78.3%
+ Foreign: $6,332,716 21.7%
= Worldwide: $29,180,280
March 13, 1987
Fantastic camera work. The whole movie hurtles forwards, always forwards. When there isn’t a slapstick chase scene or a fight, the audience sloths forward through the bleary eyes of the ex con gone domestic, played by Nicholas Cage.
He steals a baby in order to satisfy the maternal instincts of his ex-cop wife (played by Holly Hunter).
The jokes are not intrusive, yet extremely potent. Their subtlety emphasizing the joke. Like the ex-con returning to the scene of the crime, to retrieve a packet of ‘Huggies’ nappies and a baby book (constantly referred to in the film as the ‘instructions’).
All of the characters are overplayed to the limit and beyond, which creates a cartoon like feel to the whole production.
John Goodman features as one half of an Abbott and Costello style pair of convicts. They kidnap the baby from the couple, after the couple had stolen him from a famous wealthy couple.