and John Goodman
also co-star in another Cohen Brothers movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou?". Francis McDormand also stars in the Cohen's Fargo. She is married to Joel Cohen. Holly Hunter and John Goodman also starred in Spielberg's "Always"
The alarm button that the clerk presses in the convenience store reads "Odegard-Trend Security." This is the name of the security company in Sam Raimi's 'Crimewave' (1985).
The character Leonard Smalls is a reference to Lenny Small from John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."
The acronyms "P.O.E" and "O.P.E." spray-painted in the washroom and shown in reverse in the mirror are references to the Stanley Kubrick
films 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (1964) and 'The Shining' (1980).
H.I. can be seen wearing a uniform with the name "Hudsucker Industries" written on it. This is also the name of the company in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) also by the Coen brothers.
When Nathan Arizona is being interviewed one of the microphones has "KOEN" written on it. This is a reference to the filmmakers, the Coen brothers.
The opening credits appear fourteen minutes into the movie.
Contributed by: Shekfester
Barry Sonnenfield was cinematographer for Raising Arizona. In addition to the Evil Dead homage shot, there is a steady zoom-shot towards the roof of a car that Sonnenfield re-uses in Get Shorty.
From the man himself.. T J Kuhn (Nathan Jr.) actually still lives in central Phoenix.
During the chase scene, after HI is ejected from the truck and runs through the house, the commercial for 'Unpainted Arizona' can be heard playing on the TV.
Actually, when Cage is running through the house, the Unpainted Arizona commercial is playing on multiple televisions... like 8 of them, one in every room he passes through.
Although the letters POE and OPE are shown reflected in the mirror in reverse, the writing on the "We aim to please..." sign on the same wall is not reversed. Later, when the Biker breaks down the door, you can see that the sign is actually printed in reverse lettering.
Contributed by: Brian Cota
In the scene where Nick Cage is stealing Nathan Jr. there is a scene in which while the babies are crying you can hear one of them say "I'm Larry." Once you hear it, it is unmistakable, but until you listen for it, most likely you will just hear crying. It is probably just the Cohen Bros. being clever, but it is a cool little bit of trivia.
The scene where HI is pulling Nathan from underneath the crib is the same camera angle as when the biker is pulling HI from underneath the car. (Father pulling Son)