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Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 17 April 1987 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... H.I. McDunnough
... Ed
... Nathan Arizona, Sr.
... Gale
... Evelle
... Glen
... Dot
... 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
... Younger FBI Agent
... Older FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson ... Ear-Bending Cellmate
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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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Comedy | Crime

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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17 April 1987 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The alarm button that the clerk presses in the convenience store reads "Odegard-Trend Security." This is the name of the security company in Crimewave (1985), which the Coen Brothers co-wrote. See more »

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The hand grenades carried by Smalls have a blue-painted spoon on them, indicating that they are inert training training grenades. Live grenades have an olive drab-painted spoon. See more »

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[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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filmed on location in Valley of the Sun, Arizona -- a great place to raise your kids See more »

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Brilliant oddball comedy
4 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

There are really few directors that are as consistent as the Coen brothers. Their strange sense of humour just works in every movie they make, and it's extremely fun and addictive. With that said, it's difficult to decide which of their movies is the best, but this one is a worthy contender. It's incredibly outrageous, wild and crazy, but at the same time it's close and heart-warming. It has a very surreal look, yet the emotional scenes still look very genuine, which is quite an achievement. The characters are also vintage Coen, they're all offbeat and weird, but that just raises more sympathy for them. It also helps that they all express themselves through some razor-sharp dialogues. I could barely make out the lines because I was too busy laughing at the previous lines, you wonder where these keep coming from. This movie just isn't like anything I've ever seen. It's astoundingly funny in all its weirdness.


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