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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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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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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H.I.: [voiceover] My name is H.I. McDonnaugh. Call me Hi.
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She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
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Cohen brothers comedy with great entertainment and fun
15 July 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This amusing picture concerns about an ex-convict (Nicolas Cage) who falls in love for a policewoman (Holly Hunter) who takes him a picture each time he goes to prison . Both of whom wish sons but cannot have any . Then they decide to abduct one from a couple with five children . Meanwhile , a pair of ex convicts (John Goodman and William Forshyte) meddle themselves in their marriage life . Besides , a bounty hunter (Randall Tex Cobb) called the ¨lone biker of apocalypse¨ sets off in pursuit the protagonists for obtaining the reward offered by the child's dad .

The film blends irony , humor , tongue-in-cheek , chase scenes , slapstick and is very amusing and entertaining . It's a splendid comedy with set pieces cartoon where the action and humor is continuous from the presentation until the ending . 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 . Enthusiastic performances by the two main stars , Nicolas Cage is perfectly casted , though his relationship with the Coen Brothers wasn't respectful , but turbulent . When he arrived on-set, and at various other points during production , Cage offered suggestions to the Coen brothers, which they ignored . And Holly Hunter is sympathetic , giving an attractive acting . The movie that was shot in 10 weeks has its moments here and there and being pretty enjoyable and bemusing . Many crew members who had worked with the Coen Brothers on Blood simple (1984) returned for this film , including cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld , co-producer Mark Silverman , production designer Jane Musky , associate producer and assistant director Deborah Reinisch , and film composer Carter Burwell . Breathtaking cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld who makes a great camera work , after becoming a famous director with many smash hits (Men in black) . Excellent musical score by Carter Burwell (Rob Roy) , he's habitual musician of Cohen brothers films . Rating : High recommendation. Above average . Well worth watching.


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