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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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Their innocence is her opportunity. Their trust is her weapon. And their destruction, her triumph. 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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Kevin Spacey was considered for the role of Michael Bartell. See more »

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When Claire is showing Peyton to her room in the basement, she points towards the laundry room to the right. However, when she's folding laundry and looking out the window at Solomon and Emma playing in the yard, she's doing laundry in the garage. You can see the garage structure when they pan the yard for that scene. See more »

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Marlene 'Marl' Craven: Cancel my morning.
Marlene's Assistant: But you have a showing! What do I tell them?
Marlene 'Marl' Craven: You have a Harvard education, make something up!
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As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »


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SEATTLE TODAY THEME
Written by Dan Dean
Courtesy of Dan Dean Productions
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The Nanny From Hell
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just the opening scene turns off a lot of people, but that's too because all of the film - all of it - is interesting with Rebecca DeMornay excelling at a vengeful, psychotic killer nanny. This "nanny" does about everything you could do to ruin a family. Yes, she's the nanny from Hell.

I always thought Annabella Sciorra had an interesting face with a knockout smile, at least back in late '80s, early '90s, so I enjoy watching her. Here, she plays a good woman who is married to a good man (Matt McCoy) - wow, there's an oddity in modern films: a happy and faithful husband and wife!

This is an involving film. Once you are into it, you're hooked and the 100-plus minutes go by pretty fast. DeMornay is so effective in her role you just can't wait to see her exposed for who she is and justice done to her.

I did think Sciorra's character would have needed more to go on to come to the right conclusion near the end, but, usually every film has some question marks regarding credibility. The violent, ending scene is very suspenseful and well- done.


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