Raising Cain

Synopsis: Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own adulterous affair with an old flame, however, causes her to neglect her motherly duties until a spate of local kidnapings forces her to accept the possibility that he may be trying to recreate the twisted mind-control experiments of his discreditied psychologist father.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


Daddy, I want to pick the flowers.

We don't pick 'em, sweetie.

We just look at them.

No, I want to pick them.

She's a little restless.

Honey, I'm gonna take her outside.

- Oh, I'll take her.

- No, no, you finish up.

We'll be fine. We're gonna

go look at the flowers.

- Oh, would you like that gift-wrapped?

- Yes. Thank you.

I'll be right back.

That's what I would buy

for the man in my life.

- How are you?

- Fine. And you?

After the funeral...

I was a block of ice. I...

I couldn't bear to feel,

so I felt nothing.

I'm sorry I made

such a mess of it.

I'm staying at the Garden Court.

If you wanted to just talk...

I'll be there tonight.

We could...

I saw you come in with Carter

and your little girl.

I guess I just didn't thaw out

fast enough.

- Here's a flower for you, Mommy.

- Thank you, sweetie.

- Are you finished?

- Yeah.

I mean, no.

Honey, are you all right?

You look upset.

No, I'm fine.

I'm just not finished.

Why don't you take Amy

out to the park,

and I catch up with you guys later?

No, I think it's gonna rain.

We're gonna go on home.

But don't be too long.

Amy needs to spend more time

with her mommy.

- More quality time.

- I'll be home soon.

We'll have plenty of time

for quality time.

- Bye, sweetie.

- Bye, Mommy.

- Miss?

- Yes?

I'd like this one also, please.

Mr. Dante's room isn't answering.

Would you like to leave a message?

Yes, can you tell him

that Jenny O'Keefe called

and that I have his keys?


And I can meet him at O'Keefe Park...

Camino Park at 1:00.

If he can meet me by the playground,

that would be great.

Hey, Maxine, be careful.

You went too high.

Good. All right. Go ahead.

- Jenny.

- Hi.

- Hi. Where's Amy?

- Home, with Carter.

Oh, I must have missed them today.

You know, what a great guy

you've got?

The idea of taking a day off

and spending it with Maxine

hasn't even occurred to my husband.

- Is everything all right?

- Yeah.

- No.

- What's the matter?

- Sarah, I saw Jack today.

- Jesus.


I think he still loves me.

Oh, come on.

Isn't it a little late for that?

He was so flustered,

he forgot his keys,

so I'm meeting him here

to return 'em.

You know, I hate to bring this up, but

you are married to the perfect man.

The perfect man?

Yesterday, out of the blue,

he started to make love to me

and then stopped

when Amy started to cry.

Well, just because

he was worried about Amy...

He wasn't worried about Amy because

he didn't even go to her room.

He went downstairs, got into his car,

and then drove off.

And he's becoming

awfully compulsive with Amy.

He doesn't just take care of her.

He studies her.

I have this horrible feeling it has

something to do with his father.

Jenny, you're not just finding excuses

to start up with Jack again?

I don't know.

Okay, one more time.

- Boy, he looks great.

- Yeah.

Definitely don't do what I wanna do.

- Good luck.

- Thanks.

Thank you.

Nothing's quite as stupid

as making a dramatic exit

and having to go back

because you forgot your car keys.

Fortunately, it was a rental.

They sent over another set.

You're very good at dramatic exits.

- I'm sorry, Jenny.

- It's okay. I got over it.

- And I learned something.

- What?

To be the dispassionate doctor.

Let's walk.


Three o'clock?

It's okay, sweetie.

It's all right, baby.

Why couldn't we just have

an intercom to listen to the baby...

instead of this T.V. thing?

I don't know why I agreed to it.

Taking a couple of years off from

his practice to raise Amy personally.

Testing out a few new approaches

to child raising

right here in his own home.

Maybe even write a book about it.

So I go to work,

and the child psychologist

stays at home, playing house dad.

Oh, no...

Oh, God. I can't let Jack open

Carter's present.

Jack's wife, Emma, was my patient,

dying of lung cancer.

It was agonizing for him, but he came

every night to sit with her.

My heart went out to him.

I wanted so much

to take away some of his pain.

Then I realized

it was more than that.

I was falling in love with him.


What's going on?

- Leave the room.

- What?

Leave the room!

You must leave the room!

What the hell?

Code blue!

- Get out of the way, sir.

- Coming through.

- What have we got?

- We have cardiac arrest.

- Here's a bag.

- One milligram epinephrine.

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?!

Happy Valentine's Day.

This for me?

You came back.

Well, I just came here

because I was...

Why did you run away?

I don't know.

I thought I saw someone.

- Where?

- In the woods.

Well, he's not here now, is he?


Is he?

But there was someone.


Oh, my God.

Sarah, it's Jenny.

Jenny, my God,

are you all right?

Yes, I'm fine.

I've been worried to death.

Carter's been calling all night.

- Oh, no.

- What happened to you?

- 1 was with Jack.

- At his hotel? All night?

Look, I can't explain right now.

What did Carter say?

Since you didn't come home,

and no one knew where you were,

he figured you had an accident.

He called all the hospitals

and the police.

He's got the whole world

looking for you.

What are you going to tell him?

Honey. Honey, it's okay.

I'm right here.

- Are you all right?

- Yeah.

I had the worst dream.

I'll say. You were moaning

and waving your hands around.

I dreamt I was

in the weirdest car accident.

Well, you're okay now.

Why don't I get you

a glass of water? Hmm?

Okay. Thanks, sweetie.

I've been so worried about you, honey.

I think you've been

working too hard.

You shouldn't have to carry

the whole load.

It's beginning to take a toll on you.

I don't know.

Maybe we should be rethinking

this whole parenting arrangement.

I just don't think

it's been fair to you.

And, anyway, one of these days

I'm gonna have to get back

to my own practice.

You know?

Maybe we could get a sitter in,

during the day.

I should go back to work.

What do you think?

I think...

- You taking off, Karen?

- Trying to.

- Need a hand?

- Would you mind?

Are you giving your mommy

a hard time? Huh?

- No.

- You let Carter do it?

There you go.

Amy, did you say hi to Sam?

- Hi, Sam.

- Hi, Amy.

- Darn.

- Something wrong?

No, no. Jenny was supposed

to pick us up half an hour ago.

She probably got delayed

at the hospital again.

Can I drop you somewhere?

I've got an extra seat in the back.

Oh, that'd be great!

He is such an amazing kid.

You've done a great job

with him, Karen.

- Oh, please.

- No, no. I mean it.

Do you realize how important these

early years are in Sam's development?

Are you kidding?

I've read all the books,

and, of course, I get all

the expert advice I can handle

from my mother-in-law.

I know what you mean.

I've seen her in action. Oh, boy.

What, don't you have

any know-it-all relatives?

Oh, listen, my father wrote the book

on child development.

Fortunately, it's in Norwegian.

What does he have to say

on the subject? In English, please.

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Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in genres such as suspense, psychological thriller, and crime drama. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1973), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Carlito's Way (1993), Femme Fatale (2002) and Redacted (2007).De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors. His directing style often makes use of quotations from other films or cinematic styles, and bears the influence of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. His films have frequently garnered controversy for their violence and sexual content, but have also been championed by prominent critics such as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. more…

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