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Raising Arizona Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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, Rovi

  • Release date:March 1, 1987

Cast

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
Henry Tank
as Mopping Convict
Troy Nabors
as Parole Board Member
Bill Rocz
as Newscaster
Melanie Malin
as Arizona Quint
Crystal Hiller
as Arizona Quint
Jeremy Babendure
as Scamp with Squirt Gun
Craig McLaughlin
as Arizona Quint
James Yeater
as Fingerprint Technician
Mary Seibel
as Parole Board Member
M. Emmet Walsh
as Machine Shop Earbender
Keith Jandacek
as Whitey
Mary Francis Glenn
as Payroll Cashier
Carver Barnes
as Reporter
John O'Donnal
as Hayseed in Pick-Up
Sidney Dawson
as Ear-Bending Cellmate
Ruben Young
as Trapped Convict
Cody Ranger
as Arizona Quint
Bill Andres
as Reporter
Olivia Hughes
as Arizona Quint
Adam Savageau
as Arizona Quint
Ashley Hammon
as Arizona Quint
Benjamin Savageau
as Arizona Quint
Bill Dobbins
as Adoption Agent
Richard Alexander
as Policeman in Arizona House
Jeremy Arendt
as Arizona Quint
Emily Malin
as Arizona Quint
Frank Outlaw
as Supermarket Manager
Ralph Norton
as Gynecologist
Warren Keith
as Younger FBI Agent
William Preston Robertson
Warren Forsythe
as Minister
Dennis Sullivan
as Policeman in Arizona House

Crew

Joel Coen
Director
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Barry Sonnenfeld
Cinematographer
Pete Seeger
Songwriter
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Charlie Monroe
Featured Music
Michael R. Miller
Editor
Jane Musky
Production Designer
Harold Thrasher
Art Director
Mark Silverman
Co-producer
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
Stunts
Shane Dixon
Stunts
Spanky Spangler
Stunts
Allan Graf
Stunts
Gene Hartline
Stunts
Billy Anagnos
Stunts
Jeff Jensen
Stunts
Donna Isaacson
Casting
John Lyons
Casting
Guy J. Louthan
Pyrotechnic Special Effects
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