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Raising Arizona (1987)

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.

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Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 T.J. Kuhn ... Nathan Junior (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
Lynne Kitei Lynne Kitei ... Florence Arizona (as Lynne Dumin Kitei)
Peter Benedek Peter Benedek ... Prison Counselor
Charles 'Lew' Smith Charles 'Lew' Smith ... Nice Old Grocery Man
Warren Keith ... Younger FBI Agent
Henry Kendrick ... Older FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson Sidney Dawson ... 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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Their lawless years are behind them. Their child-rearing years lay ahead... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Junior See more »

Filming Locations:

Superior, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,240, 15 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,847,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,180,280, 31 December 1990
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Circle Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Nathan Arizona is being interviewed one of the microphones has "KOIN" written on it. This is a reference to the filmmakers, the Coen brothers. See more »

Goofs

"It ain't armed robbery if the gun ain't loaded" is false. Even a toy gun that appears to be real suffices in Arizona to support a charge of armed robbery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Crazy Credits

filmed on location in Valley of the Sun, Arizona -- a great place to raise your kids See more »

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Referenced in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Down In The Willow Garden
by Arthur Gorson
(C) Copyright Charlie Munroe 1957, 1972
Performed by Holly Hunter
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A Coen Classic
31 July 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

The Coen Brothers first "masterpiece" black comedy was a 1987 surprise hit that raised the bar in the comedy genre. Future Academy Award winners Cage and Hunter star in what may be one of the most original stories ever to come out of Arizona. Goodman shows the world he can be funny as the misunderstood and somewhat crazy escaped convict. Cage and Hunter have so much love to give, they steal a baby from Mr. Arizona himself. A modern day (80's) fantasy that chooses an interesting setting to tell its tale. The hilarious innocence is non-stop as Raising Arizona showcases relationship, friendship, vanity, ignorance, and the search for peace and forgiveness. Who knows....maybe it was Utah?


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