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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 (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
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Matt McCoy also worked with director Curtis Hanson in the 1997 Los Angeles crime drama L.A. Confidential (1997). See more »

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When Peyton is making the soufflé, she says "It's a shame Michael's not here, he's gonna miss it" but her mouth isn't moving. See more »

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Peyton Flanders: Marlene, is everything all right?
Marlene 'Marl' Craven: No! I need a doctor. KNOW of any, Mrs Mott?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sharon Stone/Pearl Jam (1992) See more »

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SEATTLE TODAY THEME
Written by Dan Dean
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Eerily rings true
3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

When people see horror movies that really effect them, they lock themselves away. Now someone can pick the lock. This is a fairly good movie that really hits home. I admit it is extremely similar to "Fatal Attraction" but I like this movie better. This time it seems Peyton is a little more evil than Alex and she has a better motive. Peyton is a nanny, she is to take care of Emily and Joe, she has different plans in mind. The acting is pretty good, the characters are well developed and it is a nice, cozy little horror you care rely on when nothing is on TV. I have to say in a way, it reminds me of "Rosemary's Baby". This time though, it is the one who rocks the cradle that is corrupt.


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