Raising Cain Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen

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RAISING CAIN is a movie written and directed by Brian De Palma in 1992.
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John Lithgow, as a child, has been psychologically molested by his father, a norwegian psychiatrist. He's married now to Lolita Davidovich but suffers from a rare kind of schizophrenia implying a splitting of personalities. As soon as he must do something difficult, John -Carter- Lithgow becomes John -Cain- Lithgow, the no-good side of his personality. Lithgow's father is still conducting experiments on children and asks Carter to kidnap 3 or 4 children of the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Lolita Davidovich is cheating on Carter with Steven Bauer. Cain becomes aware of that and decides to get rid of her.

Brian De Palma's most personal movie. In my opinion, a masterpiece.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals killing each other    -   rescuing from kidnappers Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Escape/Rescue?    -   escape/rescue from kidnapper(s) Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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