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Raising Arizona Details


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, Ethan Coen (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, Rovi

  • Release date:July 10, 1987


Nicolas Cage
as H.I. McDonnough
Holly Hunter
as Ed
Trey Wilson
as Nathan Arizona, Sr.
John Goodman
as Gale
William Forsythe
as Evelle
Sam McMurray
as Glen
Frances McDormand
as Dot
Randall "Tex" Cobb
as Leonard Smalls
James Yeater
as Fingerprint Technician
Mary Seibel
as Parole Board Member
M. Emmet Walsh
as Machine Shop Earbender
Carver Barnes
as Reporter
Bill Dobbins
as Adoption Agent
Warren Forsythe
as Minister
Sidney Dawson
as Ear-Bending Cellmate
Bill Andres
as Reporter
William Preston Robertson
Dennis Sullivan
as Policeman in Arizona House
John O'Donnal
as Hayseed in Pick-Up
Olivia Hughes
as Arizona Quint
Adam Savageau
as Arizona Quint
Richard Alexander
as Policeman in Arizona House
Emily Malin
as Arizona Quint
Warren Keith
as Younger FBI Agent
Jeremy Babendure
as Scamp with Squirt Gun
Keith Jandacek
as Whitey
Mary Francis Glenn
as Payroll Cashier
Ruben Young
as Trapped Convict
Jeremy Arendt
as Arizona Quint
Ralph Norton
as Gynecologist
Henry Tank
as Mopping Convict
Crystal Hiller
as Arizona Quint
Benjamin Savageau
as Arizona Quint
Melanie Malin
as Arizona Quint
Bill Rocz
as Newscaster
Cody Ranger
as Arizona Quint
Ashley Hammon
as Arizona Quint
Frank Outlaw
as Supermarket Manager
Troy Nabors
as Parole Board Member
Craig McLaughlin
as Arizona Quint


Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Barry Sonnenfeld
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Pete Seeger
Charlie Monroe
Featured Music
Michael R. Miller
Jane Musky
Production Designer
Harold Thrasher
Art Director
Mark Silverman
Deborah Reinisch
Associate Producer
James Jacks
Executive Producer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer
Allan Byer
Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Reinisch
First Assistant Director
Kelly Van Horn
First Assistant Director
Jery Hewitt
Allan Graf
Jeff Jensen
Billy Anagnos
Spanky Spangler
Gene Hartline
Shane Dixon
John Lyons
Donna Isaacson
Guy J. Louthan
Pyrotechnic Special Effects