Raising Arizona Movie Behind The Scenes

Making Raising Arizona

A comedy beyond belief.
Raising Arizona Picture


Go behind the scenes on the 1987 Comedy movie starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Trey Wilson

William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, T.J. Kuhn, Lynne Dumin Kitei Update Cast

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Thanks to Rachel Worden
I heard, back in 1987, that the movie's original title was "Raising Utah", but that the Coen brothers didn't think that that title sounded right, so they changed it to "Raising Arizona". I have noticed that at the end of the movie, during "Hi's" dream scene, he mentions "Utah" in his final line and that's where this reference may come from.
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The Coen brothers wrote Holly Hunter's character specifically for her.
Thanks to Don Mosier
The baby is played by Selby Dildine. Her father Dave an aspiring actor brought her to the audition because he couldn't get a baby sitter. Dave didn't get a part but his daughter was "discovered" in the waiting room and given a part.

-Ed Note: ALTHOUGH, TJ Kuhn himself wrote in to say that it was him playing Nathan Arizona Jr... Is this item totally wrong in that case?
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Randall 'Tex' Cobb was not familiar with riding motorcycles prior to filming. While shooting the scene where he rides up to inspect the hole where Evelle and Gale had escaped from prison, he actually crashed into the hole on one of the takes.
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Fifteen babies played the Arizona quintuplets in the film. One of the babies was fired during production when he learned to walk.

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1987 20th Century Fox
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