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Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 17 April 1987 (USA)
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When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

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T.J. Kuhn ...
Nathan Junior (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
Lynne Kitei ...
Florence Arizona (as Lynne Dumin Kitei)
Peter Benedek ...
Charles 'Lew' Smith ...
Warren Keith ...
Younger FBI Agent
Henry Kendrick ...
Older FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson ...
Ear-Bending Cellmate
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Storyline

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 Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead... See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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17 April 1987 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,847,564 (USA)
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Trivia

Richard Jenkins auditioned for a role in the film. He would later audition for Miller's Crossing (1990) and Fargo (1996) before the Coen Brothers cast him in The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), even though he didn't audition for it. See more »

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In the first shot of Evelle in the car after stealing Nathan Jr. the backseat window is down. After a quick shot of Gale, the window is up. See more »

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[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Referenced in Shoot 'Em Up (2007) See more »

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Goofing-Off Suite
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Genius on so many levels.

"Raising Arizona" is one of those rare American films that seems to capture the essence of what this country is all about. From first light, with that banjo strumming and breaking into the Arizona sunset and song, we are treated to the lush landscape of a bygone era: That of the 1980's American southwest. Trailer parks, barren desert plains, jutting red rocks, desolate highways and small town Tempe...it's a testament to the film-making ability of the mighty Coens. The cast is perfection; each worthy of a spot on Mount Rushmore and a hand print on Hollywood Blvd. Each line in the script should be savored and reviewed over. And over. It makes me laugh, it gives me chills, it makes me cry. This is what film-making is all about. An absolute must-see.

These guys should have won an Oscar twenty years sooner.

10 out of 10, kids.


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