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Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  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 quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Kuhn ...
Nathan Arizona Jr. (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 ...
Moses, Ear-Bending Cellmate


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 <>

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


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arizona Junior  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$22,847,564 (USA)

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During the chase scene through the grocery store, the movie's theme can be heard playing on the store's music system. See more »


HI and Edwina's Chevy alternates between a 72 Impala 4 door post sedan and a 1974 4 door hardtop quite blatantly throughout the film. See more »


[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Referenced in Almost Human: Unbound (2014) See more »


She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
Sung by John Goodman and William Forsythe in the car
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A Coen Classic
31 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

The Coen Brothers first "masterpiece" black comedy was a 1987 surprise hit that raised the bar in the comedy genre. Future Academy Award winners Cage and Hunter star in what may be one of the most original stories ever to come out of Arizona. Goodman shows the world he can be funny as the misunderstood and somewhat crazy escaped convict. Cage and Hunter have so much love to give, they steal a baby from Mr. Arizona himself. A modern day (80's) fantasy that chooses an interesting setting to tell its tale. The hilarious innocence is non-stop as Raising Arizona showcases relationship, friendship, vanity, ignorance, and the search for peace and forgiveness. Who knows....maybe it was Utah?

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