Raising Cain (1992)




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In this convoluted psychological thriller, a child psychiatrist (John Lithgow, playing multiple roles where the real and the imagined overlap) becomes a baby snatcher in a scheme to help his twin brother and demented mad-scientist father continue their experiments in who-knows-what.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Brian De Palma, Brian DePalma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 8, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Carter/Cain/Dr. Nix/...

as Dr. Jenny Nix

as Jack Dante

as Dr. Waldheim

as Lt. Terri

as Sgt. Cally

as Sarah

as Coroner

as Night Clerk

as Saleslady

as Gardener

as Newscaster

as Little Boy Josh

as Receptionist

as Weatherman

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
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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
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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

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