14 March 2012 2:38 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Son, you got a panty on your head." Not a month goes by when I don't find some excuse to quote that line, or "As in, 'to swing'?", or some other randomly uproarious line from "Raising Arizona." The classic Coen Brothers comedy, the source of so much endlessly quotable bizarre but hilarious lines, turns 25 this month. Released on March 6, 1987 in one theater in New York, the film spent the rest of March 1987 opening slowly across the country, gradually becoming a cult favorite before being recognized as a cinematic landmark. It was the movie that launched Joel and Ethan Coen into the wider consciousness of filmgoers, it gave Nicolas Cage his first real adult leading role, it gave early career breaks to John Goodman and William Forsythe, and it helped make Holly Hunter an overnight sensation. Plus, it gave us the immortal, iconic image of Cage, as feckless baby-napper and convenience store stick-up man H. »

- Gary Susman

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