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Raising Arizona (1987)

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

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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2,137 ( 228)
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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 ... 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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A comedy beyond belief. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was influenced by the works of Preston Sturges and writers such as William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, known for her southern literature. See more »

Goofs

The "Thrush Muffler" trademark tattoo on H.I.'s arm switches sides when he is chasing the babies around on the floor in the initial kidnapping scene. (flipped shot?) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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Baby Wrangler See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) See more »

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Girls, Do Not Wink
Courtesy Monitor Records
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If H.I.'s dream of the hellion Biker is not a phantasm, his dream of being blessed with descendants might come true some day.
3 August 2006 | by crisp_morning_2004See all my reviews

Parentless recidivist H.I. regards prison as his home. No matter it is a partiality or a revenge in his own words, he robs convenience stores; he goes to jail; he talks nice to a parole board; the cycle repeats itself. And finally falls in love with a policewoman, ED. Life goes easy on them at first. They bask on the folding chairs, dreaming to have a youth to share their thoughts and feelings.Then the story abruptly turns sad. ED.is barren. what should they do?

Tempe is a rock place that bears women deprived of the happiness at conceiving babies.Their wombs are barren and hard like the rocks in the desert. Florence,Dot and ED are the victims of the metaphor.One takes fertility pills,another adopts orphans,the other after being turn down adoption,steals a baby named Nathan Jr.

Nothing could be more exciting than a rebirth. The film tells us what a rebirth is like. Push hard through the saturated mud above your head at the 99% risk of being stifled to death. One second delay would be too late. That's Gale and Evelle's narrow escape from the jail. It sounds surrealist. But that's Coens's wit lies. They twist reality and exaggeration into knots to spin our noggins.Snatching a packet of diapers in a convenience store can be a life-or-death chase scene, without mentioning the leather-clad,bonehead,bounty hunter Biker, who can browbeat nothing except little animals.

Troubles arrive in sequence. That's the way the life is. At the end of the film, H.I. and ED returns the Nathan Jr.to his parents.It doesn't belong to them and will never be theirs.Why not keep the dream of having kids go on? If H.I.'s dream of the hellion Biker is not a phantasm, his dream of being blessed with descendants might come true some day.

In despite of the superficially hilarious scenarios, it is a sad story to the marrow. H.I. and ED's sorrow is not skin-deep and can be felt by any of us who puts heart into this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raising Arizona 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

Gross USA:

$22,847,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,180,280
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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