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Raising Cain (1992)

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The oncologist wife of a prominent child psychologist suspects her husband has an unhealthy scientific obsession with their child, unaware of what - or who - is really going on inside his head.

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Brian De Palma

Writer:

Brian De Palma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Kathleen Callan ... Emma
Ed Hooks Ed Hooks ... Coroner
Jim Johnson Jim Johnson ... Night Clerk
Karen Kahn ... Saleslady
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Storyline

Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own adulterous affair with an old flame, however, causes her to neglect her motherly duties until a spate of local kidnapings forces her to accept the possibility that he may be trying to recreate the twisted mind-control experiments of his discreditied psychologist father. Written by Ross Horsley <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

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De Mented, De Ranged, De Ceptive, De Palma See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and terror violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raising Cain See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,370,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,170,057
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pacific Western See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third and final of three cinema movie collaborations [to date, September 2015] of actor John Lithgow and director Brian De Palma. The films are Obsession (1976), Blow Out (1981) and Raising Cain (1992) - each picture made in a different subsequent decade, one each in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Karen: [Karen tries to put the jacket on her boy Sam at the park] Let me put your jacket on.
Sam, Karen's son: No, no, no, no.
Karen: Come on.
Sam, Karen's son: I don't want to.
Carter: [Carter comes strolling up beside Karen] You taking off, Karen?
Karen: Trying to.
Carter: Need a hand?
Karen: Would you mind?
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Alternate Versions

A 'Director's Cut' was released in 2016 by Shout Factory. Originally called 'Raising Cain Re-Cut', it is actually a fan-edit by filmmaker Peet Gelderblom. Gelderblom re-edited the film to match a leaked copy of the original script as closely as possible, using footage from the theatrical cut. Director Brian de Palma saw this version of the film and gave it his blessing, saying in an email 'It's what I originally wanted the movie to be.' See more »

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Morning (from 'Peer Gynt')
by Edvard Grieg
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A Great Psychological Thriller. A must for de Palma fans.
8 November 2006 | by carlykristenSee all my reviews

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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