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 »


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

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Trivia

The film's overall plot and themes share many similarities with the bizarre real life story explored in the documentary Three Identical Strangers (2018). See more »

Goofs

At 1:01:45 the bedroom light switch is shown in the down position (lights off). At 1:01:50 the bedroom's light switch is in the up (lights on) position but the lights are still off. Seconds later, the switch is down again. See more »

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[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 »

Connections

Featured in The Cat's in the Bag: An Interview with Tom Bower (2016) See more »

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Morning (from 'Peer Gynt')
by Edvard Grieg
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Muddled,derivative exercise in De Palmary with flashes of interest
30 March 2005 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Brian De Palma seems to generally make two kinds of films,those aimed at a mass audience {such as The Untouchables,Carrie,Carlito's Way,Mission Impossible} and those he makes to please himself and real fans {such as Femme Fatale,Blow Out,Body Double,Snake Eyes}. Dressed to Kill is somewhere in between. Raising Cain is definitely in the second category. Unfortunately,even to fans of De Palma it will probably disappoint. It has points of interest,but overall is something of a mess,in fact it has a hurried,unfinished feel to it,as if it was made in a rush.

Somewhat toning down the expected sex and violence {although there is a disturbing element of child abuse},De Palma shows much of the film from the point of view of his psycho,which is interesting and allows John Lithgow full rein to have fun with his role{s}. Several times we are shown something,only for the film to double back and show that something else actually happened. This may reflect the fractured state of it's protagonist but may just be downright infuriating to some.

Disappointedly,Raising Cain only has one great De Palma set piece near the end,leaving one feeling somewhat short changed for thrills. The film also has little of the visual inventiveness one expects from De Palma,in fact for much of the time it's visually dull,although at least there's a lush Pino Donnaggio score to hear. Along the way De Palma peppers the film with film homages,some of them surprising {Ghost Story,Peeping Tom,Tenebrae} and some of them from his own {Dressed to Kill,Sisters},but there's not enough originality to counter them.

Raising Cain is basically a director having fun. Unfortunately,it may be difficult for viewers to join in this time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,203,835, 9 August 1992

Gross USA:

$21,370,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,170,057
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Pacific Western See more »
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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