Raising Arizona

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Raising Arizona is a 1987 film written, produced, and directed by the Coen Brothers. The film has developed a small cult following and is a favorite among fans of the Coen brother's films mainly because it speaks to the human condition, the semi-uncontrollable desire to have children and the hilarity that ensues.

H.I. McDunnough

  • Prison life is more structured than most men care for...
  • I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn't easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House. I dunno. They say he's a decent man, so maybe his advisors are confused.
  • And the doc went on to explain that this woman, who looked as fertile as the Tennessee Valley, could bear no young. Her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.
  • There's what's right, and there's what's right, and never the twain shall meet.
  • Nathan needs some Huggies, I'll be out directly. Mind you stay strapped in.
  • Now, Y'all who're without sin can cast the first stone

Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough

  • My fie-ance left me!
  • Now mind his li'l fontanelle!
  • Turn to the right!

Gale Snopes

  • We released ourselves on our own recognizance.
  • H.I., you're young and you got your health, what you want with a job?

Nathan Arizona Sr.

  • Well, this is nothing but a goddamn shakedown and a screwjob, any way you look at it!
  • And if a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his ass a-hoppin'.
  • I don't know what his damn jammies looked like... they had Yodas and shit on them.


  • I said, "Healthy white baby? Five years? What else you got?" Said they got two Koreans and a negra born with his heart on the outside. It's a crazy world.
  • Say, did you hear about the person of the Polish persuasion who walked into a bar with a big 'ol pile of shit in his hands and he says, "Look what I almost stepped in"?


  • Lone Biker: You want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin' Donuts, call a cop.
  • Teller: Now, what's it gonna be young feller? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? 'Cause if'n I freeze, I can't rightly drop. And if'n I drop, I'm gonna be in motion.
  • Old man in pickup truck: Son, you got a panty on your head.
  • Dot: Reilly, You take that diaper off your head and put it back on your sister.
  • Dot: That there's for his orthodonture and his college. You soak his thumb in iodine and you might get by without the orthodonture, but it won't knock a thing off the college.


FBI Investigator: Is it true your name was originally 'Nathan Huffines'?
Nathan: Yeah, what of it?
FBI Investigator: Why did you change it?
Nathan: Would you buy furniture from a place called 'Unpainted Huffines'?

Doctor: Why do you say you feel "trapped" in a man's body.
Convict: Well, sometimes I get them menstrual cramps real hard.

H.I. McDunnough: (to the cashier) I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash ya got.
Edwina 'Ed' McDunnough: That sum'bitch. That son of a bitch! (runs out of the car and yells outside the store window) You son of a bitch!
H.I. McDunnough: And make it quick, I'm in dutch with the wife.

Moses: An' when they was no meat we ate fowl. An'when they was no fowl we ate crawdad. An' when they was no crawdad to be foun', we ate San'.
HI: You ate what?
MOSES: (nodding): We ate San'.
HI: You ate sand?!
MOSES: Dass right . . .

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