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Writer (WGA):
Brian De Palma (written by)
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Release Date:
7 August 1992 (USA) See more »
De Mented, De Ranged, De Ceptive, De Palma See more »
Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A Great Psychological Thriller. A must for de Palma fans. See more (73 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Lithgow ... Carter / Cain / Dr. Nix / Josh / Margo

Lolita Davidovich ... Jenny

Steven Bauer ... Jack

Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Waldheim

Gregg Henry ... Lt. Terri

Tom Bower ... Sgt. Cally

Mel Harris ... Sarah
Teri Austin ... Karen

Gabrielle Carteris ... Nan
Barton Heyman ... Mack
Amanda Pombo ... Amy
Kathleen Callan ... Emma
Ed Hooks ... Coroner
Jim Johnson ... Night Clerk

Karen Kahn ... Saleslady
Noe Montoya ... Gardener
Riq Boogie Espinoza ... Gardener
Carolyn Morrell ... Newscaster
W. Allen Taylor ... Peters
Scott Townley ... Little Boy (Josh)
Mary Uhland ... Receptionist
Steve Schill ... Weatherman
James Van Harper ... Young Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Geoff Callan ... Young Lover (uncredited)
John McGowan ... Sam, Karen's son (uncredited)

Ezra Stanley ... Boy in Park (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Produced by
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
Michael R. Joyce .... co-producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva 
Paul Hirsch 
Bonnie Koehler 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Doug Kraner 
Art Direction by
Mark Billerman 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Munch 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Read 
Makeup Department
Thomas Floutz .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
John Engel .... post-production supervisor (as John S. Engel)
John Engel .... unit production manager (as John S. Engel)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Dyer .... first assistant director
Gwyneth Horder-Payton .... second second assistant director
Annie Spiegelman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kristin Argue .... drapery
Rodney Armanino .... assistant property master
Jennifer Clinard .... standby painter
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser
J. Michael Davis .... swing gang
Joanne Desmond .... shop general
Loren Hillman-Morgan .... set painter
Peter Hoobyar .... swing gang
Geoffrey Lake .... greensman
Bill Patchet .... greensman
Edward C. Penna .... swing gang
Gary E. Roloff .... leadman
Kristen Ross .... art department coordinator
Karen Sorum .... stand-by scenic
Don W. Wegner .... set designer
George Zimninsky .... greensman
Michael Meier .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Allan Bond .... adr recordist
Susan Dudeck .... adr supervisor
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Jonathan Klein .... adr editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Rodger Pardee .... sound
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Steve Richardson .... foley editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Fred Runner .... assistant sound mixer
Fred Runner .... boom operator
Conrad Slater .... cable person
Conrad Slater .... second boom operator
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Nelson Stoll .... production sound supervisor
Hugo Weng .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Karin Hanson .... special effects hair
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator
Tom Knott .... special effects technician
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (as Gloria Fioramonti)
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Myke Schwartz .... stunts
Fred Waugh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
J. Chuck Biagio .... best boy grip
Alan S. Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Dustin Blauvelt .... camera operator
Phil Bray .... still photographer
Howard Campbell .... grip
Dave Childers .... dolly grip
Jonathan Doff .... video assist operator
Don L. Henderson .... grip
Rod M. Janusch .... lamp operator (as Rod Janusch)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
J. Michael Muro .... Steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Dan Nelson .... grip
Medel Ramos .... lamp operator
John Schoening .... lamp operator
Mark Stanley .... key grip
Terry Sullivan .... lamp operator
Editorial Department
Adam C. Frank .... assistant editor
Robert Grahamjones .... assistant editor
Samuel H. Hinckley .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Fitzpatrick .... music supervisor
Natale Massara .... conductor
Transportation Department
John Melendez .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Richard Brestoff .... adr loop group
Oscar Briones .... locations production assistant
Thomas Brunelle .... adr loop group
James F. Dean .... adr loop group
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor (as Carol De Pasquale)
Christopher Desmond .... set medic coordinator
Bruce Devan .... location manager
Ernest D. Farino .... title designer
Leigh French .... adr loop group
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr loop group (as Elisa Pensler)
Debra A. Girard .... assistant location manager
Kay Kimler .... fight choreographer
Cynthia LaPointe .... location manager
Ellen Lent .... location scout (as Ellen Winchell)
Kris Fullan Martinez .... production coordinator
Kathryn Mindala .... assistant accountant
Jennifer Scott .... assistant production coordinator
Bridget Sienna .... adr loop group
Ruth Silveira .... adr loop group
Arnold F. Turner .... adr loop group
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
James J. Wilhelm .... craft service
Sandra L. Yeary .... assistant accountant
Claudia Eastman .... location scout (uncredited)

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Rated R for sexuality, language and terror violence
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Director Trademark: [Brian De Palma] [long steady-cam shot]Police dialogue while walking through building across several levels.See more »
Carter:Hickory dickory dock. Cain has picked his lock.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Carlito's Way' (2003) (V)See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Great Psychological Thriller. A must for de Palma fans., 8 November 2006
Author: Molly Celaschi (carlykristen) from United States

This has a seemingly convoluted plot. Carter (et al., played exceptionally well by John Lithgow) begins to grow strange when he learns that his wife is having an affair with her ex. He becomes more obsessed with their young daughter and a rash of kidnapping/ killings occur. His wife (Lolita Davidovich) must figure out if he is behind the crimes or if his "dead" father, who committed experiments on children to develop multiple personality disorders, is to blame. Whew…

What makes this film interesting, other than the above-stated reasons, is that they give away one of the twists at the very first scene. The audience is already aware that Carter has multiple personalities. What makes it more intriguing is that de Palma tricks the audience with constant flashbacks, dream sequences, and appearances made by "dead" people that are not really dead.

The film starts a tad slow during the first 15 minutes and seems Lifetime Channel worthy. But as the film progresses, it gets trippier and more Hitchcockian (paranoid, obsessive, and voyeuristic with a knock out ending). Oddly enough, this is rated "R", but for very little reason. There is no nudity, minimal sex, minimal violence, and no gore at all. Most of the violence is implied and the tension comes from the suspense built by de Palma, the disturbing subject matter, and dark atmosphere.

There are a few standout scenes that will creep the viewer out. My favorite was the hospital scene. It literally had me sinking into my couch as this thing slowly turns towards me. It scared the bejesus out of me and had me rewinding to catch a glimpse again. Other noteworthy scenes include the interrogation scene where Lithgow weaves in and out of his different personalities and the ending that is incredibly reminiscent of "Dressed to Kill".

Favorite Quote: "Hickory dickory dock. Cain has picked his lock. He did a bad deed and Josh comes to bleed. Hickory dickory dock."

DVD Extras: The barebones from Universal. Only Brief Production Notes and Original Trailer.

Bottom Line: A great psychological thriller. Gorehounds should pass though. A must for de Palma and Hitchcock fans.

Rating: 7/10

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