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Blood Simple made it clear that the cinematically precocious Coen brothers (writer-director Joel and writer-producer Ethan) were gifted filmmakers to watch out for. But it was the outrageously farcical Raising Arizona that announced the Coens' darkly comedic audacity to the world. It wasn't widely seen when released in 1987, but its modest audience was vocally supportive, and this hyperactive comedy has since developed a large and loyal following. It's the story of "Ed" (for Edwina, played by Holly Hunter), a policewoman who falls in love with "Hi" (for H.I. McDonnough, played by Nicolas Cage) while she's taking his mug shots. She's infertile and he's a habitual robber of convenience stores, and their folksy marital bliss depends on settling down with a rug rat. Unable to conceive, they kidnap one of the newsworthy quintuplets born to an unpainted-furniture huckster named Nathan Arizona (Trey Wilson), who quickly hires a Harley-riding mercenary (Randall "Tex" Cobb) to track the baby's whereabouts. What follows is a full-throttle comedy that defies description, fueled by the Coens' lyrical redneck dialogue, the manic camerawork of future director Barry Sonnenfeld, and some of the most inventively comedic chase scenes ever filmed. Some will dismiss the comedy for being recklessly over-the-top; others will love it for its clever mix of slapstick action, surreal fantasy, and homespun family values. One thing's for sure--this is a Coen movie from start to finish, and that makes it undeniably unique. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selection
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

Cast

Nicolas CageH.I. McDunnough
Holly HunterEdwina "Ed" McDunnough
Trey WilsonNathan Arizona
John GoodmanGale Snoats
William ForsytheEvelle Snoats
Sam McMurrayGlen
Frances McDormandDot
Randall "Tex" CobbLeonard Smalls
T.J. KuhnNathan Arizona Jr. (as T.J. Kuhn Jr.)
Lynn KitelFlorence Arizona (as Lynne Dumin Kitei)
Peter BenedekPrison Counselor
Charles "Lew" SmithNice Old Grocery Man
Warren KeithYounger FBI Agent
Henry KendrickOlder FBI Agent
Sidney DawsonMoses, Ear-Bending Cellmate
Richard BlakeParole Board Chairman
Troy NaborsParole Board Member
Mary SeibelParole Board Member
John O'DonnalHayseed in Pickup
Keith JandacekWhitey
Warren ForsytheMinister
Ruben Young"Trapped" Convict
Dennis SullivanPoliceman in Arizona House
Richard AlexanderPoliceman in Arizona House (as Dick Alexander)
Rusty LeeFeisty Hayseed
James YeaterFingerprint Technician
Beill AndresReporter
Carver BarnsReporter
Margaret H. McCormackUnpainted Arizona Secretary
Bill RoczNewscaster
Mary F. GlennPayroll Cashier
Jeremy BabendureScamp with Squirt Gun
Bill DobbinsAdoption Agent
Ralph NortonGynecologist
Henry TankMopping Convict
Frank OutlawSupermarkter Manager
Todd Michael BogersVarsity Nathan Jr.
M. Emmet WalshMachine Shop Ear-Bender
Robert GrayGlen and Dot's Kid
Katie ThrasherGlen and Dot's Kid
Derek RusselGlen and Dot's Kid
Nicole RussellGlen and Dot's Kid
Zachary SandersGlen and Dot's Kid
Noell SandersGlen and Dot's Kid
Cody RangerArizona Quint
Jeremy ArendtArizona Quint
Ashley HammonArizona Quint
Crystal HillerArizona Quint
Olivia HughesArizona Quint
Emily MalinArizona Quint
Melanie MalinArizona Quint
Craig McLaughlinArizona Quint
Adam SavageauArizona Quint
Benjamin SavageauArizona Quint
Michael StewartArizona Quint
William Preston RobertsonAmazing Voice (voice)

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Ethan Coen
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 94 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 13, 1987
    EuropeJul 10, 1997
    JapanMar 26, 1988
    AustraliaJun 16, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 30, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 20, 2002
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