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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.

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writer:

Amanda Silver
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella Sciorra ... Claire Bartel
Rebecca De Mornay ... Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders
Matt McCoy ... Michael Bartel
Ernie Hudson ... Solomon
Julianne Moore ... Marlene Craven
Madeline Zima ... Emma Bartel
John de Lancie ... Dr. Victor Mott
Kevin Skousen Kevin Skousen ... Marty Craven
Mitchell Laurance ... Lawyer
Justin Zaremby Justin Zaremby ... Roth, the Schoolyard Bully
Eric Melander Eric Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Jennifer Melander Jennifer Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Ashley Melander Ashley Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Cliff Lenz Cliff Lenz ... Seattle Today Host
Penny LeGate Penny LeGate ... Seattle Today Host
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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, violence, a scene of sexual molestation, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mano que mece la cuna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$88,036,683
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Madeline Zima's film debut. See more »

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It seems extraordinarily odd that Michael and Claire would hire Peyton as their nanny so quickly without thoroughly checking her background first, let alone not interview other applicants. See more »

Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

SIR JOSEPH'S BARGE IS SEEN
from "H.M.S. Pinafore"
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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The Nanny From Hell
22 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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