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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

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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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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)  »

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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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After Claire discovers who Peyton really is, her husband calls the police. He reports the address as "808 Yakima". This is the actual street address of the house in which most of the movie was filmed. See more »

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When Peyton rips up Micheal's report in the restroom, she then beats the walls of the stall with a plunger until she breaks the head off. This tantrum and noise would be clearly heard in a greenhouse. See more »

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Solomon: I won't let you hurt them!
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As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »

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Referenced in Melrose Place: Sex, Drugs and Rockin' the Cradle (1994) See more »

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O DRY THE GLISTENING TEAR
from "Pirates of Penzance"
Written by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited) and Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Performed by The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Courtesy of London Records
A Division of PolyGram Classics
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Rebecca de Mornay is the nanny from hell...scary thriller...
31 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

You have to hand it to the makers of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE--once the story starts to unravel, you have to stay tuned to find out how this manipulative bitch will get her comeuppance. It's as simple as that. We know from the start that she has evil intentions, but we never know how evil they are until she starts a series of manipulative acts that demonstrate how cunning and remorseless she is.

REBECCA de MORNAY is so convincingly evil that you have to wonder why her career didn't skyrocket after this. It's a performance worthy of award consideration, but both she and the film itself have been largely forgotten. None of the supporting players, with the exception of JULIANNE MOORE, have become household names but they're all quite effective.

The ending may be somewhat predictable--and most welcome when it finally comes--but it's still stylishly done and a satisfying conclusion to a tale of household terror when a nanny's rage goes amok because of an incident in her past involving a woman whom she perceives as ruining her husband's life. Sure, it's been done before, but never quite so cunningly presented.


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