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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  10 January 1992 (USA)
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After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.

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Peyton Flanders seemed to be the perfect nanny, but secretly she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Before becoming the nanny, Peyton had a miscarriage, and blamed it on Claire (the mother). Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before. Written by Rob Hartill

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nanny | suicide | miscarriage | baby | revenge | See more »

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The Bartels couldn't believe how fortunate they were to find Peyton. But they didn't find her, she chose them. See more »

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Rated R for terror, violence, a scene of sexual molestation, and for language | See all certifications »

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10 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mano que mece la cuna  »

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$11,700,000 (estimated)

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$88,036,683 (USA)
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Trivia

The musical theme that is featured in the opening credits, that Payton hums when strolling the baby through the park, and that Michael hears on the radio at the climax is "Poor Wandering One", from the William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan musical "The Pirates of Penzance". See more »

Goofs

You can see Peyton breathing at end of movie. She's supposedly dead at this point. See more »

Quotes

Michael Bartel: Marlene, I think I'm gonna bum one of these.
[Takes one of her cigarettes]
Claire: You are such a bad influence. He only smokes around you now.
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As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »

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POOR WAND'RING ONE
from "Pirates of Penzance"
Performed by The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Courtesy of London Records
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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sometimes, you gotta be gross to be scary
6 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Much like "Rear Window", this movie brings up a serious question: Whom can you trust? It all begins one day in Seattle, when Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra) goes to her gynecologist. She gets the feeling that he's merely fondling her. After she reports this, several other women say the same thing, prompting the gynecologist to commit suicide. Soon afterward, his widow (Rebecca DeMornay) goes into labor. But the baby dies. Now she has only one thing on her mind: revenge.

That's where the movie gets really creepy. Assuming the name Peyton Flanders, she goes to work as a nanny for the Bartels. In the process, she not begins to act as a mother for the new baby, but she gets into everyone's confidence. And if anyone distrusts her...well, let's just say that she's way ahead of them.

If "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" makes you suspicious of your friends, then it's probably doing it's job. Director Curtis Hanson brings the same kind of intensity that he brought to "LA Confidential" and "8 Mile". You may never feel the same after watching this movie.


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