Raising Arizona (1987) Poster


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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


Of Mice and Men (1939)
Leonard Smalls named after Lenny Small
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) (TV Series)
H. I. says of his relationship with Ed, "It ain't Ozzie and Harriet".
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
H.I. says, "Sometimes it's a hard world for little things," almost a direct quote from the character played by Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter (1955).
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The acronyms "P.O.E" and "O.P.E." spray-painted in the washroom and shown in reverse in the mirror.
Straight Time (1978)
The main character H.I. sports the look given to Dustin Hoffman's character Max in 'Straight Time,' a mustache and fondness for tacky-unbuttoned shirts. 'Raising Arizona' also was loosely inspired by Straight Time's plot which focused on an ex-con falling in and out of recidivism. Also, many chase scenes were inspired by the Ulu Grosbard film.
Dallas (1978) (TV Series)
When H. I. says that he calls the baby 'Junior', Evelle comments "You mean JR, just like the TV show".
Mad Max (1979)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
According to Nathan Sr., Nathan Jr. was wearing jammies that had "... Yodas and shit on them".
The Shining (1980)
letters in the mirror; also small American flag (as on Ullman's desk) on the desk of adoption agency interviewer.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Nicholas Cage's character drives the same car as Ash, a 1973 Delta 88. Also, the shot in which the camera moves in on the mother discovering that Nathan Jr. is gone is a direct homage to The Evil Dead (1981).
Crimewave (1985)
The alarm button the clerk presses in the convenience store reads "Odegaard-Trend Security." This is the name of the security company in Sam Raimi's Crimewave (1985).
Evil Dead II (1987)

Referenced in 

Intruder (1989)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It looks like 'Raising Arizona' now."
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Both films mention Hudsucker Industries and the line "Yeah, and if a frog had wings, it wouldn't bump it's ass a-hoppin", The kidnappers' song is sung by the "angel."
Forrest Gump (1994)
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Ultimatum (1999) (TV Episode)
poster visible at Mr. Chu's video store
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
When Delmar tries to fight with Big Dan, Dan spins him around on his shoulders & throws him off.
Felicity: Raising Arizona (2002) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Spider-Man (2002)
25th Hour (2002)
Klais? (2003)
A DVD cover can be seen on a video club.
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Kip says "you know I do" when asked if he will take LaFawnduh as his wife, echoing HI's response when asked if he will take Ed as his wife in Raising Arizona.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
close-quarters fight in a run-down trailer
Dead Horse (2004)
The Robber is wearing a panty on his head
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
I Heart Huckabees: Production Surveillance (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Ghost Rider (2007)
While riding through the desert, Ghost Rider rides past a lizard on a rock. The lizard bursts into flame.
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
Smith tries to pick the baby from the road in a drive-by maneuver similar to Tex Cobb in Raising Arizona
No Country for Old Men: Working with the Coens (2008) (Video)
Mentioned once.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen compares this movie to "A Serious Man"
The Cinema Snob: Las Vegas Bloodbath (2010) (TV Episode)
Snob calls the protagonist "H.I. McDunnough."
Rango (2011)
The hawk chasing Rango, who is streaming toilet paper behind, through the streets accompanied by a yodeling singer is a reference to the Diaper Chase scene where Nicolas Cage is being pursued by police, dogs and his angry wife while his pantyhose bandit mask streams behind his head and accompanied by the same yodeling.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.10 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip of Roger's original review of the film is shown during the closing credits
The Cleveland Show: Brown Magic (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Temporary Setbacks: Raised in Arizona (2012) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Almost Human: Unbound (2014) (TV Episode)
The the fight between Kennex and Danica is reminiscent of the fight between H.I. McDunnough and Leonard Smalls by ending with Kennex pulling Danica's grenade pin.
House of Lies: Brinkmanship (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Rick and Morty: Raising Gazorpazorp (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Fargo: The Rooster Prince (2014) (TV Episode)
Character tells another who is mopping the floor that they missed a spot
Fargo: The Heap (2014) (TV Episode)
The same version of "Ode to Joy" (Beethoven) played on a steel drum is heard
Studio C: Episode #6.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the street gang sketch
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.56 (2015) (TV Episode)
Rob completes the title when he is asked a question about the Joel and Ethan Coen comedy film during his Cash Builder round.
Fargo: Palindrome (2015) (TV Episode)
The dream sequence is similar ( "I looked into the future")
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.14 (2015) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Sportsman Thespian" category
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Ian Fitzsimmons
The Man for the Part (2016) (Short)
Stills shown & discussed.
Shooting Blood Simple (2016)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Goodman/Andrew Rannells/The 1975/Keith Carlock (2016) (TV Episode)
John Goodman recalls his audition for the Coen Brothers movie
Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out (2017) (TV Special)
Mentioned by title
This Is Us: Still There (2017) (TV Episode)
Video box seen in the background. Movie poster seen.

Featured in 

Teeth (1996) (Short)
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #31 on the list.
Shooting 'Miller's Crossing': A Conversation with Barry Sonnenfeld (2003) (Video)
Sonnenfeld discusses making of the film; clips are shown
I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1987 (2003) (TV Episode)
Clips from the film are shown while the cast comment on it.
50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV Movie)
A clip is shown.
TMZ on TV: Episode dated 1 October 2009 (2009) (TV Episode)
clip shown
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.31 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Nicolas Cage films
Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable Mention
Hollywood's Top Ten: Thanksgiving Scenes (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention, footage shown
The Cinema Snob: Dogs (2013) (TV Episode)
The yodeling song is inserted during a chase scene
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)
A clip of the movie was shown.

Spoofed in 

The Work and the Story (2003)
The ending narration spoofs the ending dream scene of Raising Arizona.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
The shots of the HITMAN sent by Plankton riding his motorcycle are identical to those of Tex Cobb in Raising Arizona.
Shrek the Third (2007)
Scene where Shrek is chasing the babies around on the floor (in his dream) is in Raising Arizona, when H.I. McDunnough is attempting to kidnap Nathan Arizona.
The Simpsons: You Kent Always Say What You Want (2007) (TV Episode)
Scene of Marge running home uses similar shots and same music.
American Dad!: G-String Circus (2009) (TV Episode)
When Steve and his friends escaped from space camp, they get out of the mud during a rainstorm while screaming, just like John Goodman and William Forsythe in Raising Arizona
Blue Mountain State: Drunk Tank (2011) (TV Episode)
Close to the end, the football team emerges out of the mud when they are escaping the drunk tank. This is a reference to a scene in "Raising Arizona" in which John Goodman and William Forsythe's characters escape from a prison.

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