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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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Director:
Writers:
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
17 April 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The suniest and most uplifting comedy I've ever seen. ***1/2 out of **** See more (249 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... H.I. McDunnough

Holly Hunter ... Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough

Trey Wilson ... Nathan Arizona

John Goodman ... Gale Snoats

William Forsythe ... Evelle Snoats

Sam McMurray ... Glen

Frances McDormand ... Dot

Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Leonard Smalls
T.J. Kuhn ... Nathan Arizona Jr. (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 ... Moses, Ear-Bending Cellmate
Richard Blake ... Parole Board Chairman
Troy Nabors ... Parole Board Member
Mary Seibel ... Parole Board Member
John O'Donnal ... Hayseed in 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 Arizona 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)

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 .... sound 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
 
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
Rick Ashman .... location production assistant
Elizabeth Boyd .... craft service
Valerie Susan Brown .... production secretary
Christopher Buchanan .... production office coordinator
Matt Cartsonis .... location production assistant
Bob Childers .... craft service
John R. Crowder .... yodeler
Adam Grad .... location assistant
Blake Hocevar .... office assistant
Maureen Hymers .... production assistant
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
L.R. Kelly .... location production assistant
Karl Lewis Miller .... animal action
Dan Perri .... title designer
David Pomier .... location manager
Sharon Roesler .... production office coordinator
Kim Seeger .... location production assistant
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production auditor
Erin Stewart .... production assistant
Eric Tignini .... production assistant
Laura Cartwright .... assistant auditor (uncredited)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Constance L. Hoy .... location production assistant (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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94 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Joel Coen and Ethan Coen] [Kubrick]The acronyms "P.O.E" and "O.P.E." spray-painted in the washroom and shown in reverse in the mirror are references to the Stanley Kubrick films Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and The Shining (1980). The soundtrack prominently features the 9th Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven, also used memorably in A Clockwork Orange (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
H.I.:[voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Down In The Willow GardenSee more »

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26 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
The suniest and most uplifting comedy I've ever seen. ***1/2 out of ****, 2 October 1999
Author: Blake French (dlfspartan@aol.com) from Michigan, USA

RAISING ARIZONA (1987) ***1/2

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, William Forsythe, and Frances McDormand Director: Joel Coen Written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Rated PG-13 (for violence and language)

By Blake French:

"Raising Arizona" is one of the best, most sunny and uplifting comedies I have ever seen. It is inspirational and detailed, from start to finish. The movie is written and directed by the creators of "Fargo," Ethan and Joel Coen, who not surprisingly have placed together a movie masterpiece featuring some really big laughs while still getting the powerful moral of the story across.

The film stars Nicolas Cage as a criminal named H.I., who recently married a police officer named Ed (Holly Hunter), after meeting her in prison. The couple live in a lonely world with hope and dreams of having a kid, until they find out that Ed can't have babies--leaving them no chance at ever fulfilling their dreams of having a child of their own some day.

One afternoon, however, H.I. gets an idea: he will kidnap one of the babies of the furniture salesman Nathan Arizona, whose wife just had quintuplets. After all, why would they miss just one child when he has that many?

H.I. does this successfully and discretely. He and Ed are as happy as can be. Until some guilt begins to strike him when a $25,000 reward is offered for whomever finds and brings back this child, named Nathan Arizona who is named after his loving father. Soon, however, H.I.'s old jailhouse friends, Gale and Evelle, break out of prison and cause uproar for him. Then a helmet warring biker from hell shows up causing even more trouble. After that, there is an old neighbor enemy of his whom appears knowing his secret. Maybe the idea of raising Arizona wasn't such a good idea after all.

The screenplay features some of the funniest moments in film history. The scenes enjoy the insanity of becoming a live action cartoon and a series of melodramatic happenings. One sequence, in particular, when HI robs a convenient story for Huggie's dippers for Nathan Jr., the filmmakers take advantage of the comedic situations involved with the circumstances here. It includes slapstick humor mixed with high energy and risky stakes as Cage is chased by gun happy policemen, store clerks, one, two and then a dozen vicious dogs, his wife, and his morals in a exiting and hilarious adventure worth the watch all on its own. There are also several other funny moments in the movie.

The performances are also to die for. Nicolas Cage, known for a little heftier of roles, is full of shimmer here. Such a robust flavor explodes from his juicy character. Holly Hunter is also bursting with comic parody. Her character is perfectly portrayed with the right amount of hostility and human understanding. John Goodman and William Forsythe are hilarious as the two prison escapees. Their exaggerated characters fit the film's comic tone flawlessly. Frances McDormand, who was so good in the 1996 satire "Fargo," here is a little underplayed. Yes, her performance fits her character's attitude and witty remarks, but in general, I think her role was too shallow considering her ability.

The ending of "Raising Arizona" consists of a daydream sequence from the mind of HI, a character so hopeless and free spirited the empathy felt for him matches any character in any chosen movie. The dream features a vision that takes place in the future where everything turns out to be okay for him and Ed. While I will not spoil what material it contains, I will say that it closes the movie with a heartwarming conclusion and yet lets the mind wonder on. "Raising Arizona," may only be a zany screwball comedy, but if you look deeper within its many laughs, you'll find something more. A message that will stick with you for some time after the movie is over: never give up hope. Brought to you by 20th Century Fox.

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