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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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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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Drama | Thriller

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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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Cybill Shepherd turned down the role of Peyton Flanders citing her feminist beliefs. See more »

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

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Peyton Flanders: [to schoolyard bully] I got a message for you, Roth! LEAVE EMMA ALONE! Look at me - if you don't, I'm gonna rip your fucking head off!
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As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »


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SAY IT (OVER AND OVER AGAIN)
Composed by Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by The John Coltrane Quartet
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Put your Hand on the Cradle and Rock now!
28 December 2000 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is a very solid thriller thanks to naturalism and realism. This is one of the best thrillers ever made, and it's just too bad it did not get the attention and praise it deserves. For one thing, we've seen many thrillers that lacked realism while some were not thrilling at all.

HTRTC has it all. A solid story, solid cast, good directing and best of all, a high level of realism. The story can actually happen to any family in America, or anywhere in the world. The cast is great, and even though there's basically no "big name phenomenon" (well, Julian Moore's now very popular but not yet here) in this film, the performances are very good. In fact, great! Rebecca De Mornay, who's young and very beautiful in this film, has the best performance as the smart-beautiful-deadly Peyton. She's very convincing as both wife and nanny, as well as temptress and killer!

Take note of some of the "sinful scenes" in this movie. Some scenes can be very disturbing (not disgusting) but if you're matured enough, then you'll get over this movie well. The "sinful scenes" do make a wake-up call in your family life. Heck, better watch out for those evil nannies!

I highly recommend watching this movie, even though it does not have any big superstardom at all. No special effects, no high tech gimmicks, no big super stars, just a great story to watch. What are you waiting for? Put your Hand on the Cradle and Rock!


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