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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
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabella Sciorra ... Claire
Rebecca De Mornay ... Peyton
Matt McCoy ... Michael
Ernie Hudson ... Solomon
Julianne Moore ... Marlene
Madeline Zima ... Emma
John de Lancie ... Dr. Mott
Kevin Skousen Kevin Skousen ... Marty
Mitchell Laurance ... Lawyer
Justin Zaremby Justin Zaremby ... Schoolyard Bully
Eric Melander Eric Melander ... Baby Joe
Jennifer Melander Jennifer Melander ... Baby Joe
Ashley Melander Ashley Melander ... Baby Joe
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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The title of the film is taken from the poem of the same name written by William Ross Wallace. The poem praises motherhood as the primary impetus for changing the world. See more »

Goofs

When Peyton rips up Micheal's report in the restroom, she then beats the walls of the stall with a plunger until she breaks the head off. This tantrum and noise would be clearly heard in a greenhouse. See more »

Quotes

Peyton Flanders: When your husband makes love to you, it's my face he sees!
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »

Connections

Remade as Khal-Naaikaa (1993) See more »

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MY GALLANT CREW GOOD MORNING
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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Rebecca de Mornay is the nanny from hell...scary thriller...
31 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

You have to hand it to the makers of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE--once the story starts to unravel, you have to stay tuned to find out how this manipulative bitch will get her comeuppance. It's as simple as that. We know from the start that she has evil intentions, but we never know how evil they are until she starts a series of manipulative acts that demonstrate how cunning and remorseless she is.

REBECCA de MORNAY is so convincingly evil that you have to wonder why her career didn't skyrocket after this. It's a performance worthy of award consideration, but both she and the film itself have been largely forgotten. None of the supporting players, with the exception of JULIANNE MOORE, have become household names but they're all quite effective.

The ending may be somewhat predictable--and most welcome when it finally comes--but it's still stylishly done and a satisfying conclusion to a tale of household terror when a nanny's rage goes amok because of an incident in her past involving a woman whom she perceives as ruining her husband's life. Sure, it's been done before, but never quite so cunningly presented.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,675,016, 12 January 1992

Gross USA:

$88,036,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,036,683
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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