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The Coen Brothers Leading Lads

February 10, 2016

The Coen brothers have never done anything by the book when it comes to filmmaking, so why would they treat their characters any differently? Whether they are criminally minded or downright dopey, the leading male characters created by the Coens always embody the same idiosyncrasies, wry humor, and film noir-esque traits included in every Coen brothers film. Here are six of the greatest male characters from the uniquely imaginative minds of Joel and Ethan Coen:

'Raising Arizona' on HDNET MOVIES
Nicolas Cage in “Raising Arizona”

“Hi” McDunnough
Raising Arizona (1987)
Irresponsible, and mostly harmless, convenience store robber and baby-napper

'Barton Fink' on HDNET MOVIES
John Turturro in “Barton Fink”

Barton Fink
Barton Fink (1991)
Uptight New York playwright thrown into the pit of screenwriting for Hollywood honchos

'The Hudsucker Proxy' on HDNET MOVIES
Tim Robbins and Paul Newman in “The Hudsucker Proxy”

Norville Barnes
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Naive, seemingly moronic, business school grad taken advantage of by higher-ups.

William H. Macy in “Fargo”

Jerry Lundegaard
Fargo (1996)
Inept car salesman desperate for cash and plotting his wife’s fake kidnapping

'The Big Lebowski' on HDNET MOVIES
Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”

Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Californian slacker and avid bowler out for compensation after a case of mistaken identity

'Intolerable Cruelty' on HDNET MOVIES
George Clooney in “Intolerable Cruelty”

Miles Massey
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Prominent divorce attorney who unexpectedly finds love with his female equivalent.

Catch three of these leading lads on HDNET MOVIES Thursday February 11th for Crime, Comedy & The Coens, featuring:

The Hudsucker Proxy – 6/5c
A small town imbecile is made president of a large company as part of a stock scam.

Raising Arizona – 8/7c
A married couple kidnaps a quintuplet after learning they can’t conceive their own baby.

Barton Fink (network premiere) – 9:40/8:40c
A New York playwright moves to Hollywood to write scripts and runs into a series of unfortunate events. Winner of Cannes Palme d’Or, Best Actor (John Turturro), and Best Director (Joel Coen).

Repeat airing on Monday, February 22nd:

Barton Fink – 6/5c
The Hudsucker Proxy – 8/7c
Raising Arizona – 9:55/8:55c