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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 <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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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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H.I.'s work uniform logo shows he works for Hudsucker Industries, which became the setting of a later Coen movie, The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). See more »


In the aforementioned picnic scene, when Dot and Ed are talking, Dot is spreading mustard on the sandwiches; the mustard bottle's label is clearly blocked out (i.e. to avoid product placement). But, when she places the bottle back on the table, part of the label on the other side of the bottle is visible, clearly identifying it (to someone in the Midwest, or someone who has actually used that brand, anyway) as a Plochmann's bottle. They then switch to a shot of H.I., then back to Ed and Dot; the bottle has turned back to hide the label. See more »


[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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by Arthur Gorson
(C) Copyright Charlie Munroe 1957, 1972
Performed by Holly Hunter
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Hysterical, each time I see it
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of things come together to make this film highly enjoyable; acting, writing, music, pace, directing... It's over-the-top fun. It took me several viewings before it sunk in that the film's base story is about child kidnapping; which is an extraordinarily serious crime. But this film makes you enjoy every minute so it's easy to forget the seriousness of the base story.

While I'm not a fan of Nicholas Cage, I thought this was a perfect vehicle for him. Holly Hunter is always excellent, IMHO. Their attention to detail in crafting their characters was on point and thorough.

"Well alright then." :)

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