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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 »


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,203,835, 9 August 1992

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First movie in the suspense thriller genre for director Brian De Palma in almost a decade - around eight years to be exact - with his last having being Body Double (1984). 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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Underrated
4 December 2005 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

The Multiple personality disorder has been subject of stories ever since Stevenson's famous novel "The strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Here, in "Raising Cain", director Brian De Palma shows everything he learned from studying Hitchcock and gives us a good story of suspense that although flawed, it is very enjoyable and gives the chance to shine to the underrated actor John Lithgow.

Lithgow stars as Dr. Carter Nix, a brilliant psychologist that is spending a year at home in order to care for his little daughter. Jenny(Lolita Davidovich), his wife, is concerned that he is becoming obsessed with it, and her problems increases when she finds Jack Dante(Steven Bauer), an old lover who is interested in continue their affair. Little she knows that not only she'll have to face his husband Carter, but also his other personality, the evil Cain.

Many reviews have complained that there is never a mystery that Carter and Cain are the same person. Well, that is because it is never intended to be a mystery. This is a suspense movie. As Alfred Hitchcock used to say(and no doubt that De Palma knows it), suspense is in the fact that the audience knows more than the characters. We know that Cain can appear at any time, and how the characters react to him is what keeps us thrilled.

John Lithgow truly shines as the troubled Carter/Cain, in a role that brings back memories of his superb performance in "The Twilight Zone". Sadly for the movie, the rest of the actors give awful performances, Davidovich and Bauer have zero chemistry on screen, and almost no charm, so since their characters do not have redeeming qualities, one ends up wanting them to be killed by Cain.

One big exception is Frances Sternhagen, who in her little screen time steals the show. Watch her in an amazing sequence as her character, a retired psychologist, explains the mental disorder to the detectives. That sequence is typical De Palma's perfection and Sternhagen makes the most of it.

The script is for the most part OK, and so is the directing. Not De Palma's best, but certainly satisfying; his obsession with Hitchcock's suspense is notorious, but still he manages to give the movie his own style and while this do not save completely the movie, will be appreciated by those who enjoyed "Dressed to Kill" or "Sisters".

To summarize, it is a better than average movie with superb performances by John Lithgow and Frances Sternhagen. Don't watch it with high expectations and you'll be satisfied.

7/10


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