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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Claire Bartel
... Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders
... Michael Bartel
... Solomon
... Marlene Craven
... Emma Bartel
... Dr. Victor Mott
Kevin Skousen ... Marty Craven
... Lawyer
Justin Zaremby ... Roth, the Schoolyard Bully
Eric Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Jennifer Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Ashley Melander ... Joey 'Joe' Bartel
Cliff Lenz ... Seattle Today Host
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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Behind a beautiful face, beneath a dangerous smile, lies a rage that can't be stopped. 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)

Gross USA:

$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 »

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

Michael Bartel: Honey, what's the matter?
Claire: Michael, how could you do this?
Michael Bartel: What are you talking about?
Claire: You've been lying to me.
Michael Bartel: Honey, just calm down.
Claire: Don't tell me to calm down, you son-of-a-bitch!
Michael Bartel: Honey, you don't understand.
Claire: I understand. You've been fucking Marlene!
Michael Bartel: All right, Claire, that's enough! There are people in there.
Claire: What are you talking about?
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As the end credits roll, we see the Bartel residence. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Sweet Revenge (2010) See more »

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SEATTLE TODAY THEME
Written by Dan Dean
Courtesy of Dan Dean Productions
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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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