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Raising Arizona (1987)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  13 March 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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Dot
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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
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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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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Arizona Junior  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$22,847,564 (USA)
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Trivia

The $30,000 that Leonard Smalls talks about as "1954 dollars" would be equal to just over $120,000 in 1987. See more »

Goofs

In the picnic scene, where Dot and Ed are talking about the DIP/TET booster shots, Dot is squirting mustard on four pieces of bread. Yet when you see the bread a few camera shots later, the mustard squirts are different from the original designs Dot spread earlier. 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 Temporary Setbacks: Raised in Arizona (2012) See more »

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Ode to Joy
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Attempted road-runner like comedy falls flat...
24 November 2008 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 11/21/2008 - (Dir-Joel Coen): Attempted road-runner like comedy falls flat of impressing me as it's plodding pace bored me. Despite my expectations before watching this early Coen brothers film, I was somewhat disappointed with this screwball comedy with strange characters. Nicolas Cage has done this kind of non-acting before in other movies and Holly Hunter isn't a whole lot better. The movie is basically about a couple that wants a child, can't have one and decides to steal one of the quintuplets of a local rich family, obviously because they cant handle five. The antics that revolve around this act with other strange characters like a over-the-top motorcycle bounty hunter and prison mates also get in the act of trying to get the child and the reward money. All in all, the ridiculousness doesn't necessarily make for a very funny movie and I'm sure there have been better movies carrying basically this same premise.


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