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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) Poster

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Rebecca De Mornay initially auditioned for the role of Claire Bartel and Annabella Sciorra auditioned for the role of Peyton Flanders.
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After Claire discovers who Peyton really is, her husband calls the police. He reports the address as "808 Yakima". This is the actual street address of the house in which most of the movie was filmed.
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Rebecca De Mornay had actually been angling for the part of Tinkerbell in Hook (1991). Losing the role to Julia Roberts prompted her to actively seek something a little darker instead, ironically Julia Roberts was nicknamed "Tinkerhell" by the crew during filming of Hook (1991) due to her difficulty in working with.
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Kevin Spacey was considered for the role of Michael Bartell.
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The scene where Peyton visits Michael's workplace was filmed at Bio Techniques Laboratories in Redmond, Washington and used company employees as extras. The picturesque wooden building, previously the research center for the historic Simpson Timber Company, was demolished 2 years later to make room for the expansion of Microsoft.
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Madeline Zima's film debut.
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In a draft of the script, Emma is the one caught in the greenhouse trap. However, she survives. Peyton actively kills Marlene by sabotaging her car, causing it to blow up when Marlene lights a cigarette.
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Christopher McDonald turned down the part of Michael.
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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.
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The musical theme that is featured in the opening credits, that Payton hums when strolling the baby through the park, and that Michael hears on the radio at the climax is "Poor Wandering One", from the W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan musical "The Pirates of Penzance".
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The Gilbert & Sullivan operas both refer to a nanny switching babies. In Pirates of Penzance, the hard-of-hearing nanny accidentally apprentices an orphaned baby as a Pirate instead of a Pilot. In H.M.S. Pinafore, the noble-born Captain and a lowly sailor were switched by a nanny at birth, and when this is revealed, they both switch positions on the ship.
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Cybill Shepherd turned down the role of Peyton Flanders citing her feminist beliefs.
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Sir Arthur Sullivan is cited on more occasions throughout the movie. Already mentioned: Peyton humming music of the "Pirates of Penzance" and the music at the title credits is based on the "Pirates of Penzance". But also, Michael and Emma are singing Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" in the bathroom at the beginning of the movie; the clock radio in the basement plays more music of the "Pirates of Penzance"; in the house, a poster of Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" can be seen on the wall.
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Matt McCoy also worked with director Curtis Hanson in the 1997 Los Angeles crime drama L.A. Confidential (1997).
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In the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, his sequel to The Shining, he writes the line "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"; Rebecca De Mornay played Wendy in the miniseries version of The Shining (1997).
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The film is parodied in the Wayans Brothers' comedy series In Living Color during the skit "The Fist That Rocks the Cradle".
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Matt McCoy appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989) and John de Lancie was a recurring character as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
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