10 Best Raising Arizona Quotes


  • “I’m Not Nathan Arizona!” – This quote is funny because it is a catchphrase that Herbert I. “Hi” McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) uses throughout the movie, but it is not his real name. The FBI agents later find out that his real name is Nathan Huffheins, and he quips, “Would you shop at a store called Unpainted Huffheins?” This gives the catchphrase a darker meaning, as it shows that he has been lying about his name the entire time and no one can trust anything he says.
  • “I’ll Be Taking These Huggies and Whatever Cash You Got.” – This line is delivered by Hi McDunnough when he disguises his face with pantyhose and holds up a convenience store to steal Huggies for Nathan Jr. It is a perfect delivery by Nicolas Cage, as he shows that he is there to commit a robbery but also puts a target on his head concerning the recent kidnapping.
  • “We Released Ourselves on Our Own Recognizance.” – This line is delivered by Gale, played by John Goodman, who becomes a regular Coen Brothers cast member after this appearance. It is a funny line because Gale

The Raising Arizona quotes prove that the Coen brothers had their dialogue and characters down pat very early in their careers. After breaking onto the scene with their chilling neo-noir debut Blood Simple, the Coen brothers did a complete tonal 180-degree turn with their second movie, 1987’s Raising Arizona, one of the goofiest slapstick comedies ever made. The Coens’ second movie features just as much crime and violence as their first, but it’s a story about a couple who are deeply in love, want to start a family and face obstacles at every turn.

It’s a much sweeter, more lighthearted movie than Blood Simple, but it still delivers incredible one-liners, obscure references, comments on social issues, and some of the most bizarre conversations from any movie of that era. The Coen brothers have mastered this strange style of character, and with Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter, they had the perfect duo to deliver these Raising Arizona quotes and make it all sound normal.

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10 “Now, Y’all Who’re Without Sin Can Cast The First Stone.”

Herbert I. (H.I.) “Hi” McDunnough

Hi has his mugshot taken in Raising Arizona.

When Hi is about to tell the audience his story at the beginning of Raising Arizona, he prefaces it by saying, “Now, y’all who’re without sin can cast the first stone...” Since he’s worked up an impressive criminal record and the main storyline involves kidnapping a baby, it’s not a bad idea to give viewers a fair warning about morality.

The “Without Sin” quote is from the Book of John in the Bible.

Of course, this is a quote from the Bible that Jesus says to people who want to stone a sex worker. By using this verse, Hi is letting everyone know that he doesn’t want people shaming him for the story he is about to tell because he knows good and well that no one watching him is pure and innocent of all sins. However, very few people have done anything near what Hi does throughout this story.

9 “…Or My Name Ain’t Nathan Arizona!”

Nathan Arizona, Sr.

Nathan Arizona talking to the FBI in Raising Arizona

It seems almost ridiculous, but this is Nathan Arizona, Sr.’s catchphrase that he repeats throughout the movie. He’ll make a wild statement and then punctuate it with, “…or my name ain’t Nathan Arizona!

The quote first appears in his TV ads (which makes sense because he is trying to sell something), but then he uses it in conversation with his employees and the cops (which makes no sense and makes him look ridiculous). What makes this catchphrase even funnier is that, as it turns out, his name isn’t Nathan Arizona.

The FBI agents find that he was born Nathan Huffheins, and he quips, “Would you shop at a store called Unpainted Huffheins?” Of course, this gives his catchphrase a darker meaning because, since it isn’t his name, no one can really trust anything he says since he says it is true because he’s been lying about his name the entire time.

8 “I’ll Be Taking These Huggies And Whatever Cash You Got.”

Herbert I. (H.I.) “Hi” McDunnough

Hi running from the cops in Raising Arizona

When Hi stops in at a convenience store to pick up some Huggies for Nathan, Jr., he makes a snap decision to return to his life of crime. He disguises his face with some pantyhose, holds the clerk at gunpoint, and says, “I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got.

The entire delivery by Nicolas Cage was just perfect, as he showed he was there to commit a robbery, but by taking the Huggies as well, he put a target on his head concerning the recent kidnapping.

This moment in Raising Arizona also sets up one of the greatest chase sequences ever put on film as the clerk triggers the alarm to alert the police, and Hi ends up fleeing through the streets, through some people’s homes, and into a grocery store. As if kidnapping a baby wasn’t enough, Hi just couldn’t seem to stop making bad decisions.

7 “We Released Ourselves On Our Own Recognizance.”


Gale climbs out of the ground in front of a prison in Raising Arizona

When Gale and Evelle Snoats break out of prison and come to Hi and Ed’s trailer to stay for a few days, Hi welcomes them in with open arms, but as an officer of the law, Ed isn’t so sure. Gale and Evelle don’t want to give away that they just escaped from prison, but since they’re criminals who suddenly aren’t locked up anymore, their ability to lie about their predicament is pretty limited.

John Goodman also appeared in The Coen Brothers’
The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Inside Llewyn Davis, O Brother, Where Art Thou,
The Hudsucker Proxy

The best they can come up with is, “We released ourselves on our own recognizance.” This was a line by Gale, played by John Goodman, who became a regular Coen Brothers cast member for years after this appearance. His smooth delivery of the line showed that he was on the same wavelength as the Coen brothers, and that is why he remains one of their most beloved repeat stars.

6 “I Think I Got The Best One.”

Herbert I. (H.I.) “Hi” McDunnough

Hi and Ed holding the baby in Raising Arizona

Ed and Hi justify kidnapping one of the Arizona babies because the couple had quintuplets, and they even joked with themselves that five babies would be too many to handle. It also means that Hi has plenty of choices when he climbs up a ladder into the babies’ bedroom to take one to raise as his own.

When he comes back with Nathan, Jr., Ed says, “He’s beautiful,” and Hi proudly says, “Yeah, he’s awful damn good. I think I got the best one.” It is a funny line, but it is also painfully oblivious, as he seemingly picked out a baby like he would pick out vegetables from the produce section at the grocery store. This is a human baby he stole, and he is acting like he got a good deal on something, which shows how little he and Ed even realize how deep they are getting in this mess.

5 “Give Me That Baby, You Warthog From Hell!”


Leonard Smalls with Nathan Jr in Raising Arizona.

The main villain in Raising Arizona is bounty hunter Leonard Smalls (Randall “Tex” Cobb). He tears across the desert atop his motorcycle, blowing up small animals with hand grenades for fun. In the movie’s thrilling finale, Smalls manages to capture Nathan, Jr., and after finally losing her temper, Ed screams, “Give me that baby, you warthog from Hell!

Much of the movie focuses on Hi, who loses his cool, makes rash decisions, and has some of the best lines. However, when Ed finally loses her temper here, she shows that she can match Hi with her delivery, and she blows up perfectly at this bounty hunter with what might be the best insult in the entire Coen brothers movie. It is here that Holly Hunter proves this isn’t just a Nicolas Cage movie, and she holds her own well.

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4 “Son, You Got A Panty On Your Head.”

Hayseed In The Pickup

The truck driver in Raising Arizona

During the movie’s iconic chase scene, Hi tries to flag down a pickup truck to hitch a ride. The first thing the driver notices is that Hi is wearing pantyhose on his head as a makeshift disguise for his robbery attempt. The driver looks at Hi and says, “Son, you got a panty on your head.” The driver’s deadpan delivery sells the hilarity of the line.

John O’Donnal plays this character, listed in the credits as “Hayseed in the Pickup”

The line is also punctuated by a sight gag. The driver starts to speed off before Hi can safely get into the car, and he has to frantically jump into the passenger seat. The entire moment with this driver does two things. It contrasts Hi with the people who live around the area, and it shows that just about everyone in the movie is far from normal in just about every way.

3 “Her Insides Were A Rocky Place Where My Seed Could Find No Purchase.”

Herbert I. (H.I.) “Hi” McDunnough

Hi and Ed watching TV in Raising Arizona

What drives Hi and Ed to kidnap a baby to raise as their own is the double disappointment of Hi being a convicted felon (many times over) and Ed finding out she’s infertile. Hi is very colorful in describing the latter: “I just couldn’t understand it. That this woman, who looked as fertile as the Tennessee Valley, could not bear children. But the doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.

This line is wrong on so many levels. The fact that he is describing Ed’s fertility in such a colorful manner is troubling itself. It is also ridiculous to think of him referring to conceiving a baby as sending in his seed to find “purchase.” It might be even more offensive, but his relationship with Ed shows that she might actually agree with him and refer to it in the same manner, which makes them perfect for one another.

2 “Well, Which Is It, Young Fella?”

Feisty Hayseed

Gale and Evelle rob a bank in Raising Arizona

There are a bunch of intense bank heist scenes throughout movie history, from Heat to The Dark Knight. The funniest is likely in Raising Arizona when Gale and Evelle Snoats hold the customers of a bank at gunpoint, and Gale says, “All right, ya hayseeds, it’s a stick-up. Everybody freeze. Everybody down on the ground.” The fact that he gives two different instructions makes some of the older people realize Gale isn’t that sure of himself in this robbery attempt.

Rusty Lee plays the Feisty Hayseed in this scene. He also appeared in
Young Guns II

One of the bank’s customers calmly points out that Gale contradicted himself: “Well, which is it, young fella? You want I should freeze or get down on the ground? Mean to say, if’n I freeze, I can’t rightly drop. And if’n I drop, I’m a-gonna be in motion.” The man might be trying to throw off Gale, or he is just being cantankerous. Whichever it is, the line was hilarious and stumped Gale.

1 “Maybe It Was Utah.”

Herbert I. (H.I.) “Hi” McDunnough

HI and Ed as an older couple in Raising Arizona

In the closing moments of Raising Arizona, after Hi and Ed have returned Nathan Jr. to the Arizonas and gone back home, Hi’s voiceover narration describes a dream he had. It’s a beautiful, poetic, unwieldy narrative about Nathan Jr. growing up to become a football star and enjoying Thanksgiving with his family thanks to a present from a mysterious couple (meaning from him and Ed).

Then, just when Hi is speculating about his and Ed’s own uncertain future, including a vision of the two of them as an elderly couple with their arms around each other, the whole thing falls apart. Hi begins to doubt himself once again, and it looks like at the end of Raising Arizona, he will just go back to the way it was before. He starts to question if he and Ed could ever have and raise a loving family and then wonders if it is Arizona at all: “Maybe it was Utah.”

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Raising Arizona is a comedy film by Joel and Ethan Coen. It follows Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter as Hi and Ed McDunnough, a former criminal and police officer who fall in love after Hi’s stay in prison. When the two get married and attempt to have a child, various complications make the process impossible. Still, when a wealthy Arizona family famously announces they’ve had quintuplets, the two decide to steal a baby for themselves.

Director Joel Coen , Ethan Coen Release Date April 10, 1987 Cast Nicolas Cage , Holly Hunter , Trey Wilson , John Goodman , William Forsythe , Sam McMurray , Frances McDormand , Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb Runtime 94 Minutes

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