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Raising Arizona -- 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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Ethan Coen (written by) &
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Release Date:
17 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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A comedy beyond belief. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... H.I. McDunnough

Holly Hunter ... Ed

Trey Wilson ... Nathan Arizona, Sr.

John Goodman ... Gale

William Forsythe ... Evelle

Sam McMurray ... Glen

Frances McDormand ... Dot

Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Leonard Smalls
T.J. Kuhn ... Nathan Junior (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
Lynne Kitei ... Florence Arizona (as Lynne Dumin Kitei)
Peter Benedek ... Prison Counselor
Charles 'Lew' Smith ... Nice Old Grocery Man
Warren Keith ... Younger FBI Agent
Henry Kendrick ... Older FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson ... Ear-Bending Cellmate
Richard Blake ... Parole Board Chairman
Troy Nabors ... Parole Board Member
Mary Seibel ... Parole Board Member
John O'Donnal ... Hayseed in the Pickup
Keith Jandacek ... Whitey
Warren Forsythe ... Minister
Ruben Young ... 'Trapped' Convict
Dennis Sullivan ... Policeman in Arizona House
Richard Alexander ... Policeman in Arizona House (as Dick Alexander)
Rusty Lee ... Feisty Hayseed
James Yeater ... Fingerprint Technician
Bill Andres ... Reporter
Carver Barns ... Reporter
Margaret H. McCormack ... Unpainted Secretary
Bill Rocz ... Newscaster
Mary F. Glenn ... Payroll Cashier
Jeremy Babendure ... Scamp with Squirt Gun
Bill Dobbins ... Adoption Agent
Ralph Norton ... Gynecologist
Henry Tank ... Mopping Convict
Frank Outlaw ... Supermarket Manager
Todd Michael Bogers ... Varsity Nathan, Jr.

M. Emmet Walsh ... Machine Shop Ear-Bender
Robert Gray ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Katie Thrasher ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Derek Russell ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Nicole Russell ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Zachary Sanders ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Noell Sanders ... Glen and Dot's Kid
Cody Ranger ... Arizona Quint
Jeremy Arendt ... Arizona Quint
Ashley Hammon ... Arizona Quint
Crystal Hiller ... Arizona Quint
Olivia Hughes ... Arizona Quint
Emily Malin ... Arizona Quint
Melanie Malin ... Arizona Quint
Craig McLaughlin ... Arizona Quint
Adam Savageau ... Arizona Quint
Benjamin Savageau ... Arizona Quint
David Schneider ... Arizona Quint
Michael Stewart ... Arizona Quint
William Preston Robertson ... Amazing Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ron Cobert ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Carmelo Russo ... Policeman at Arizona Home (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)

Produced by
Ethan Coen .... producer
James Jacks .... executive producer
Deborah Reinisch .... associate producer
Mark Silverman .... co-producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld 
 
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
John S. Lyons  (as John Lyons)
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Art Direction by
Harold Thrasher 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Kracik 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
 
Makeup Department
Dan Frey .... hair stylist
Camille Henderson .... assistant hair stylist
Camille Henderson .... assistant makeup artist
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Katherine James-Cosburn)
 
Production Management
Kevin Dowd .... production manager
Alma Kuttruff .... production supervisor
Andrew Sears .... post-production manager
Andrew Sears .... second unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patricia Anne Doherty .... second assistant director (as Patricia Doherty)
Jon Kilik .... second assistant director
Chitra F. Mojtabai .... second assistant director (as Chitra Mojtabai)
Deborah Reinisch .... first assistant director
Kelly Van Horn .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
John Anderson .... art department assistant
Roger Belk .... set dresser
Marcia Calosio .... key set dresser (as Marcia Calosio-Foeldi)
Pasco Di Carlo .... carpenter
Mark Donnelly .... scenic artist
Flint Esquerra .... art department assistant
Jan Fead .... assistant property master
Star Fields .... carpenter
Todd Hatfield .... scenic artist
Bill Holmquist .... carpenter
Bill Holmquist .... propmaker
Terry Kempf .... lead carpenter
Robert Kracik .... draftsperson
Roger Pancake .... property master
Robb Roetman .... art department assistant
Steve Roll .... construction coordinator (as Stephen Roll)
Christian W. Russhon .... set dresser (as Chris Russhon)
Bill Seifried .... carpenter
Charles Seinfried .... carpenter (as Chuck Seifried)
Linette Forbes Shorr .... set dresser
Katie Tansley .... art department assistant
Jerri Thrasher .... art department assistant (as Gerry Thrasher)
Britt Torney .... property man
James Bush .... carpenter (uncredited)
Eduardo H. Esparza .... carpenter (uncredited)
Tim Fox .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... foley engineer
Ron Bochar .... sound editor
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Randy Gable .... additional boom operator
Greg Horn .... sound recordist
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... assistant sound editor
Carl Mandelbaum .... special electronic sound effects
Jun Mizumachi .... special electronic sound effects
Bruce Pross .... assistant sound editor
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
Fred Szymanski .... special electronic sound effects (as Frederick Szymanski)
Steven Visscher .... assistant sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... sound editor
Christopher Weir .... assistant sound editor
Mel Zelniker .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator
Guy J. Louthan .... special effects lead (as Guy Louthan)
David J. Barker .... special effects welder (uncredited)
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Curt Bortel .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Edgard Mourino .... stunts
Ron Nix .... stunts
Spanky Spangler .... stunts
Cindy Wills .... stunts (as Cindy Wills Hartline)
Stuart Brent .... car stunts coordinator (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunt double: Randall 'Tex' Cobb (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mitchell Amundsen .... assistant camera (as C. Mitchell Amundsen)
George Ball .... electrician
Michael F. Burke .... first electrician (as Michael Burke)
Ken Connors .... best boy (as Kenneth R. Conners)
Richard Crudo .... assistant camera (as Richard P. Crudo)
Tom Dreesen .... grip
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator
Russell Engels .... gaffer
Bob Field .... electrician
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Dennis Gamiello .... dolly grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer: production stills
Michael Hall .... electrician
Cindy Lagerstrom .... grip
John Lowry .... rigging grip (as John 'Earl' Lowry)
Danny McCallum .... electrician (as Dan MacCallum)
Marty Miller .... grip
Brad S. Mudgett .... camera department assistant
Robert A. Preston .... grip (as Bob Preston)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Craig Woodruff .... electrician
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Becca Korby-Sullivan .... extras casting
Sunny Seibel .... casting: Arizona
Yvonne Van Orden .... baby casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Ann Ahern .... costume constructor
Ada Akaji .... wardrobe assistant
Stephen M. Chudej .... wardrobe supervisor
Wendy Cracchiolo .... wardrobe assistant
Brian Kirk .... wardrobe assistant
Ellen Ryba .... assistant to costume designer (as Ellen M. Ryba)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... first assistant editor
Arnold Glassman .... associate editor
Brian Johnson .... apprentice editor
Kathie Weaver .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Rick Ashman .... location production assistant
Matt Cartsonis .... location production assistant
Adam Grad .... location assistant
L.R. Kelly .... location production assistant
David Pomier .... location manager
Kim Seeger .... location production assistant
Constance L. Hoy .... location production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dan Conte .... digital score assistant
Ben Freed .... musician: banjo
Mieczyslaw Litwinski .... musician: Jews harp, guitar
Sebastian Niessen .... music engineer
D. Stanton Miranda .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialect coach
Julie Asch .... baby wrangler
Elizabeth Boyd .... craft service
Valerie Susan Brown .... production secretary
Christopher Buchanan .... production office coordinator
Bob Childers .... craft service
John R. Crowder .... yodeler
Blake Hocevar .... office assistant
Maureen Hymers .... production assistant
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal action
Dan Perri .... title designer
Sharon Roesler .... production office coordinator
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production auditor
Erin Stewart .... production assistant
Eric Tignini .... production assistant
Laura Cartwright .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist (uncredited)
James M. McEwen .... consultant (uncredited)
Bryan Reinhart .... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Sears .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Kurt Woolner .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
94 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-14 | France:Tous publics | Hungary:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The station wagon that Gale and Evelle steal at the gas station has a "Mondale/Ferraro" bumper sticker on the front and back bumpers. Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro were the Democratic ticket in the 1984 presidential election against Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Early in the film H.I. partly blames Reagan for his need to rob convenience stores.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The face of John Goodman's stuntman can be seen when H.I. throws Gale onto the floor at the beginning of their fight.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
H.I.:[voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Fargo: The Heap (#1.8)" (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home On The RangeSee more »

FAQ

Who is the ego-maniac and CEO of the store Unpainted Arizona and what do they sell?
Is this movie based on a novel?
How long into the film does the title screen finally appear?
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32 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
"They GOT more than they can handle!", 30 August 2005
Author: Billie from United States

"Raising Arizona" is one of what I consider to be the five instantly classic films by the team of Ethan and Joel Coen, the others being "Blood Simple", "Fargo", "Oh Brother Where Are Thou", and "The Big Lebowski".

But "Raising Arizona" is my personal favorite, and probably the most quotable films I have ever seen, with some of the best dialogue ever written for film.

The story in brief: H.I. (Nicholas Cage) and "Ed" (Holly Hunter, in one of my favorite roles of hers) portray, respectively, an ex-con and a cop who meet when he keeps getting arrested for robbing convenience stores. They fall in love, get married, decide that "there is just too much love" between them, and they need a "critter to share it with". Upon finding that "Edwina's insides were a rocky place" where H.I.'s "seed could find no purchase", they try to adopt, but are turned down because of H.I.'s record. Then they read in the newspaper about local unpainted furniture storeowner Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of "Unpainted Arizona", and his wife having quintuplets as a result of fertility pills, and who joke that "They got more than they can handle". The couple hatch a plan to take one of the babies and raise it as their own.

What results is an ongoing, fast-paced, hilarious set of misadventures, complicated by the appearance of a ruthless, heartless outlaw named Leonard Smalls (Randall "Tex" Cobb) Nathan Arizona hires to find the missing baby, and two felon friends from H.I.'s past (John Goodman and William Forsythe), who make a childbirth-like escape from prison. Sam McMurray (the smarmy dad in "Drop Dead Gorgeous") is H.I.'s....smarmy boss, Glen. Frances McDormand (real-life spouse of Joel Coen, and star of other Coen films such as "Blood Simple" and "Fargo") is his excitable wife Dot. M. Emmet Walsh ("Blood Simple") has a scenery-chewing cameo role as H.I.'s talkative co-worker.

When Ed finally opens up her 5'2" can of Southern-fried whup-ass, throwing her badge to the dirt, striding towards Leonard Smalls as she bellows with all her might, "Gimme back that baby, you warthog from HELL!!!" I always fling my arms up and shout "You go girl! Kick his ass!"

And the way Hunter cries is hilarious.

Holly Hunter was great in this role, as one would expect. She's a very talented actress, in both serious and comedic roles.

Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter made a great on screen couple, Cage with his hair standing out in every direction, looking like a hapless, browbeaten puppy half of the time, and Hunter as his diminutive firecracker of a wife who loves him and tries to keep him honest (oh yeah except for that little kidnapping excursion).

I could go on and on about this film but suffice to say that so far I haven't met anyone who didn't find "Raising Arizona" hilarious. And as any great Coen brothers film, it has a certain mythic quality that's hard to describe, but is present all of of the brothers' best efforts. When I was single, I often used Coen brothers films as a barometer of sorts for prospective boyfriends. For instance, I remember seeing "Fargo" on a first date, and when we came out of the theater, the guy (whose name I have since forgotten anyway) remarked "Huh, I didn't think much of that", while I was thinking how blown away I was by the film! I immediately thought to myself "So much for him! This relationship won't last long."

For more great Coen comedy, check out "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" (2000), which is loosely based on Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey". Another great Coen comedy is "The Big Lebowski" (1998), which also includes my favorite singer/songwriter Aimee Mann in a brief cameo, and boasts a cult following that has resulted in an annual "Lebowskifest" for fans of the film.

"Blood Simple" (1984) is probably my favorite film noir modern-day classic tale of lust and betrayal, and is my personal second-favorite Coen brothers film. "Fargo" (1996), which won the Screen writing Oscar, and an Oscar for Frances McDormand, is another must-see Coen classic.

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