A fledgling Staten Island journalist witnesses a brutal murder in the neighboring apartment of a French-Canadian model, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.
Brian De Palma
Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose two hundred fifty thousand dollars, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City, and comedy follows.
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
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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 »
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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