Raising Cain (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Raising Cain (1992)




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A complicated thriller, directed with great visual style by Brian De Palma, Raising Cain is the story of twin brothers, Carter and Josh (John Lithgow), one good and one evil, who will stop at nothing to find children to further their father's psychological experiments. John Lithgow is outstanding in the role of the brothers. Lolita Davidovich, is also good as his wife Jenny, who he may or may not have murdered. To even identify the other characters would give away too much of the complicated plot, which twists and turns, leaving the audience constantly guessing who is really who. The film is darkly comic and De Palma and his unusual plot devices play homage to Alfred Hitchcock, along with Orson Welles and Michael Powell's Peeping Tom.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brian DePalma, Brian De Palma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 8, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


John Lithgow
as Carter/Cain/Dr. Nix/...
Lolita Davidovich
as Dr. Jenny Nix
Steven Bauer
as Jack Dante
Frances Sternhagen
as Dr. Waldheim
Gregg Henry
as Lt. Terri
Tom Bower
as Sgt. Cally
Ed Hooks
as Coroner
Jim Johnson
as Night Clerk
Karen Kahn
as Saleslady
Noe Montoya
as Gardener
Carolyn Morrell
as Newscaster
Scott Townley
as Little Boy Josh
Mary Uhland
as Receptionist
Steve Schill
as Weatherman
James Van Harper
as Young Detective
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Critic Reviews for Raising Cain

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 7, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

In a world where Redacted exists, Raising Cain isn't De Palma's least effective picture, but it's damn near close, purposely unreasonable and shockingly leaden all the way.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012

Audience Reviews for Raising Cain

While not quite as crazy it's main character(s), Raising Cain has some pretty nuts twists and turns. Not DePalma's best, but far from his worst too.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A misunderstood movie that is almost as bizarre and comical in nature as Body Double. Brian De Palma‚??s style really shines here, due to the fact that he plays perfectly with insanity. His shots make sense more than they do in some of his other work. To make this what it is though, it wouldn‚??t be complete without someone like John Lithgow. He gives such a scarily funny performance(s) as a man gone crazy in four different ways. The plot is very much a homage to Psycho, but even more on the edge of insanity. Whether it‚??s kidnapping babies or dressing like Margot, Carter is quite the multiple personalities victim. I would only suggest watching it if you get Brian De Palma‚??s style, otherwise you will be completely lost and write it off as silly.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Very good, once I could figure out what was going on!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Raising Cain Quotes

Josh: Hickory, Dickory, Dock, Cain has picked his lock, He's done a bad deed, Now Josh comes to bleed, Hickory, Dickory, Dock
– Submitted by Michael H (5 years ago)

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