Raising Cain | Chicago Reader

Raising Cain

Brian De Palma's 1992 thriller borders on incoherence and irrelevance as plot, but as a chance for De Palma to perform stylistic pirouettes around a void, it's full of sleek and pleasurable moments. If I'm right about the story, which is mainly composed out of loose pieces of Psycho and Peeping Tom, a warped child psychologist (John Lithgow) kidnaps his own granddaughter to avenge the adultery of his son's wife (Lolita Davidovich), and frames her lover (Steven Bauer) for the crime. But maybe I've got it all wrong and it's the son's evil twin who's doing the kidnapping; Lithgow also plays this character, along with the son and other personalities too numerous and obscure to fathom. Produced by De Palma's wife Gale Anne Hurd (The Abyss); with Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, and Mel Harris.

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