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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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When Jenny cheated on her husband, he didn't just leave... He split. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brian De Palma: [long steady-cam shot] Police dialogue while walking through building across several levels. 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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References Tenebre (1982) See more »

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Morning (from 'Peer Gynt')
by Edvard Grieg
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An amusing mix of chuckles and thrills.
21 November 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

John Lithgow dominates the screen in high style, as he plays multiple roles in this twisty (and twisted) tongue in cheek thriller from writer / director Brian De Palma. Lithgows' main role is that of Carter Nix, respected child psychologist who plans to take time off to raise, and study, his daughter (Amanda Pombo). But he's got more sinister plans as well, and he's regularly prodded and assisted by deranged twin brother Cain. Meanwhile, his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) runs into Jack (Steven Bauer), a past acquaintance with whom she reignites a relationship.

De Palma rebounds from the unfortunate debacle of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" with this okay movie. Ultimately, it's minor De Palma, not comparing to the likes of "Obsession" (his first film with Lithgow), "Dressed to Kill", "Blow Out", or "Body Double". It's a patently ridiculous movie with its fair share of unbelievable moments. Still, the fact that De Palma is clearly not taking himself completely seriously does help matters. His direction is stylish as usual, and the efficient pacing results in a trim and reasonable run time of 92 minutes.

What the film boils down to is a major showcase for Lithgow. "Raising Cain" is never that interesting when it's not revolving around him, and his assorted characters: the meek but dubious Carter, the seedy and smarmy Cain, their evil psychologist father, etc. He does chew on the scenery, but it does suit these roles. The stunning Davidovich and hunky Bauer lead a solid supporting cast consisting of folks like Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, and Barton Heyman.

Accompanied by thunderous music composed by ever-reliable Pino Donaggio, "Raising Cain" is good, if unmemorable, entertainment offering STRONG echoes of "Psycho", De Palmas' own "Dressed to Kill", and "Ghost Story".

Six out of 10.


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