DVD 94 mins IMDB 7.5 (23,492 votes)
PG-13
Raising Arizona
20th Century Fox (1987)
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#87

My Rating:
10

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Yes
(2004 )
Comedy
USA  /  English

Nicolas Cage H.I. McDunnough
Holly Hunter Edwina 'Ed' McDonnough
Trey Wilson Nathan Arizona (Huffhines) Sr.
John Goodman Gale Snoats
William Forsythe Evelle Snoats
Sam McMurray Glen
Frances McDormand Dot
Randall 'Tex' Cobb Leonard Smalls
T.J. Kuhn Nathan Arizona Jr. (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
Lynne Dumin Kitei Florence Arizona
Randall "Tex" Cobb Leonard Smalls
Peter Benedek Prison Counselor
Charles 'Lew' Smith Nice Old Grocery Man
Warren Keith Younger FBI Agent
Henry Kendrick Older FBI Agent
Sidney Dawson Moses, Ear-Bending Cellmate

Director Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Producer Ethan Coen
Writer Ethan Coen; Joel Coen
Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld
Musician Carter Burwell; Arthur Gorson; Byard Hay; Daniel E. Kelly; Obray Ramsey; Pete Seeger
User Credit 1 Michael R. Miller
User Credit 2 Richard Hornung

Combining influences from Tex Avery cartoons to Sam Raimi horror movies to 1940s B-movies, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen followed up the stylish film noir of their debut, Blood Simple (1984), with this frantic screwball comedy. H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Nicholas Cage) is a philosophical but slightly dim career criminal who has been arrested so often that he gets to know "Ed," short for Edwina (Holly Hunter), the officer who takes his mug shots. Hi takes a shine to Ed and promises to go straight if she marries him. She accepts, and they move to the Arizona desert, where Hi holds down a factory job and blissfully watches the sunsets with Ed. Their serenity is shattered when the couple decides that they want a child and discover that, as Hi puts it, "Ed's womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase." (One of the film's many delights is Hi's unexpectedly flowery dime-novel narration.) Ed goes into a severe depression until she sees an item in the news: Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), owner of a chain of unpainted furniture stores, has become the father of quintuplets, and he and his wife joke that they now have more children than they know what to do with. In what seems like a perfect "helps you, helps me" situation, Hi and Ed kidnap one of the Arizona infants, figuring that they'll have a baby and the Arizonas will have less of a burden. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 086162123023
Region Region 1
Chapters 21
Release Date 2/1/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 2 A comedy beyond belief.
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Notes
Trivia: The shot where Evelle and Gale stop just before hitting the car seat with the baby in it, was filmed in reverse, with the car driving away from the seat. (more)

Goofs: Crew or equipment visible: Dolly track visible on ground as H.I. and Glen discuss wife swapping (more)

Quotes:
Nathan Arizona Sr.: I got the cops and the Federal BI out there lookin' for my boy...
Leonard Smalls: Cops won't find your boy. A cop couldn't find his butt if it had a bell on it.
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Awards: 1 nomination (more)