Raising Arizona

Raising Arizona
Raising Arizona
  • PG-13
  • 1h 34m
  • 1987
Certified Fresh91%
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When a childless couple of an ex-con and his wife, an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.
© 1987 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: A terrifically original, eccentric screwball comedy, Raising Arizona may not be the Coens' most disciplined movie, but it's one of their most purely entertaining.
Chicago Reader
Pat Graham

The cartoon vision of southwestern tackiness doesn't cut very deep, but the mise-en-scene is packe...

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

While film is filled with many splendid touches and plenty of yocks, it often doesn't hold togethe...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Starting from a point of delirious excess, the film leaps into dark and virtually uncharted territ...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Hysterically twisted tale has profanity, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Raising Arizona is a classic 1987 Coen brothers film in which Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunt steal an infant from parents who recently gave birth to quintuplets after they learn they're unable to have children of their own. The main characters are kidnappers and convicts. A kidnapped baby is taken into perilous situations throughout, such as car chases, bank robberies, gunfights, and the like. One character is a bounty hunter of sorts who, in a dream sequence, destroys everything in his path, including bunny rabbits. A character blows up from a hand grenade. While the violence is often exaggerated for comedic or dramatic effect, there is an extended chase sequence in which gun and rifle fire is nonstop. Characters are shown bloodied and bruised in these fights. There is some profanity in nearly every scene -- including one use of "f--k" and variations on "s--t." A teen convenience store clerk looks at a pornographic magazine. There is some sex talk, often in the context of conceiving a baby.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:March 11, 1987
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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