Fox Archives: 30 years ago…‘Raising Arizona’ (1987)


Thirty years ago this month, “Raising Arizona” was released widely in U.S. theaters. This was Joel and Ethan Cohen’s second film, which they wrote and directed. The dark comedy starred Nicholas Cage, Holly Hunter (in her first lead role), William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand and Randall “Tex” Cobb. The cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld, would later become a director himself.

“Raising Arizona,” which was distributed by 20th Century Fox Film and had its wide opening on April 17, 1987, went on to gross more than $29 million worldwide.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos and scene stills from the film, as well as the trailer:

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