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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

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 (Rebecca De Mornay) 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 due to the stress caused by the death of her husband, Dr. Victor Mott (John de Lancie), and blamed it on Claire (the mother, played by Annabella Sciorra),. Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before. Written by Rob Hartill

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Trust is her weapon. Innocence her opportunity. Revenge her only desire. 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

Matt McCoy appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) and John de Lancie was a recurring character as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). See more »

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When Peyton's real identity is revealed to Claire, in Emma's room Claire is packing Emma's suitcase. From outside the bedroom door, as Claire packs the bag, she tells Emma they are going away for a few days and that she can take Dolly with her. However, as she says this, her mouth never moves. See more »

Quotes

Peyton Flanders: Marlene, is everything all right?
Marlene 'Marl' Craven: No! I need a doctor. KNOW of any, Mrs Mott?
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Spoofed in In Living Color: The Fist That Rocks the Cradle (1992) 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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An entertaining and suspenseful drama
26 June 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This domestic thriller was a box-office hit despite its mid-level marquee pull and is entertaining and delivers plenty of suspense and shocks along the way. A vengeful widow who has lost her husband to a suicide and suffers a miscarriage plans to get even with the woman who caused the trouble by filing a sexual molestation suit against her husband. Rebecca de Mornay is the evil nanny who plots her revenge with relish, her satisfaction obvious as her plans begin to bear fruit. The nanny is not swayed by the innocence of the young girl or the newborn baby she is hired to care for and intends to destroy the entire family. Naturally, the parents are clueless as to what is going on until much later, while de Mornay methodically turns the household into her own domain, holding it in a grip of fear. Annabella Sciorra is the wife and mother who confronts de Mornay in the final moments. Graeme Revell contributes a nice music score.


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