Raising Cain (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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From master-of-terror Brian De Palma comes this stylish psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final frame. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) is a respected psychologist, loving husband and devoted father who decides to take a year off to help raise his daughter. Carter's wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) is pleased to have her attentive husband home - at first. When Carter shows obsessive behavior toward their daughter, Jenny becomes concerned, and to complicate matters, Jenny's old flame (Steven Bauer) re-enters her life. But nothing can prepare her for the emergence of Carter's multiple personalities, and a fiendish plot to recreate the infamous, experiments of his deranged father. It all adds up to a roller coast ride of heart-pounding suspense and stunning visuals in a film the New York Times calls "a delirious thriller."
In this wicked thriller from 1992, director Brian De Palma shamelessly borrows from Alfred Hitchcock (as usual) and several other filmmakers to create a shock-a-thon that plays like a film buff's highlight reel from a dozen different thrillers. Taken on those terms it's a lot of fun to watch (though not for the faint-hearted), and multiple maniac roles for John Lithgow make it an irresistible shocker that isn't afraid to wallow in its own excess. Lithgow not only plays the evil Dr. Carter Nix, who is performing strange experiments on children, but he also plays the doctor's twin sons, Josh and Cain, who kidnap kids and bring them to their father's laboratory. Lolita Davidovich is a mother whose child has been abducted, but she won't give up without a fight. If this sounds repulsive, rest assured that De Palma focuses on the battle between the mother and the nefarious twins (this isn't a film about gratuitous child abuse), and film students will delight in the allusions to Hitchcock, Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, and Orson Welles's Touch of Evil, among others. It never makes much sense or adds up to anything truly satisfying, but thanks to Lithgow's wild performances Raising Cain is the kind of over-the-top thriller that grabs you for 95 minutes and holds you in its entertaining grip. --Jeff Shannon
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John Lithgow delivers a towering performance (or is that performances?) that holds the attention right through the film.
Top stuff. A definite keeper.
Norman Bates and Carter Nix comparison: both have a female multiple who has them wearing a dress and both dump bodies in a lake. That's it. Otherwise, they're nothing alike. A split personality is a good ailment to pair with murderous tendencies. Hollywood latches on to a lot of lame ideas that didn't work from the getgo, but this one they got right. And if nothing else, it has John Lithgow giving one of the finest performances in his career and people need to recognize that. Quite a stretch from Third Rock From the Sun, eh? Range is everything.
I was confused by the dream sequences and continue to wonder exactly how Lolita Davidovich got from Steven Bauer's hotel room back to her and Carter's home if her car ride was a dream. Bizarre, yes. Bad, no. Deserves to be seen becasue Lithgow is amazing to watch.
Following the excesses of his Vietnam blockbuster "Casualties of War" (1989) - unfairly overshadowed by the simultaneous theatrical release of Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) - and the commercial misfire of "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), director Brian De Palma opted for a brief return to the kind of small-scale movies which had established his reputation in the 1970's. "Raising Cain" (1992) is an intimate, character-driven thriller which allows the director to indulge his penchant for visual dexterity on a grand scale. A masterpiece of camerawork (Stephen H. Burum) and editing (Paul Hirsch, Bonnie Koehler, Robert Dalva), De Palma's own script takes a potentially distasteful subject (the emotional abuse of children) and neatly circumvents audience discomfort by telling his convoluted story via a seies of increasingly skilful set-pieces, each of which contains either a visual twist, a jump-through-the-roof shock, or a nerve-shredding escalation of narrative suspense. Lithgow anchors proceedings in a number of roles, each distinct from one another and brilliantly executed, and Davidovich is every bit his equal as the tormented wife who falls prey to his twisted psychology, while veteran stage actress Frances Sternhagen almost steals the show as a terminally ill psychologist who unlocks the secret of Lithgow's personality disorder, with devastating consequences. The film also co-stars Steven Bauer ("Scarface") and Mel Harris (TV's 'thirtysomething'), both excellent.Read more ›
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Those who expect movies to teach moral lessons ought to stay away from most of the work of De Palma (with the weird exception of "Untouchables" which the moral lesson-types will... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Paul Duke
Lithgow's performance is the reason to own this film. Classic. I also reccommend purchasing "Riccochet" to see Lithgow spit out some of the best one-liners in movie... Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2002 by Pete K
I agree with the review below by Steven that says this is the worst Brian DePalma film ever. The plot is completely ridiculous. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002 by William McNeill
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