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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
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

... is the hand that rules the world. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,675,016, 12 January 1992

Gross USA:

$88,036,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,036,683
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Whenever Claire has her asthma attacks, the wheezing sound is so obviously dubbed in after the fact (none of it matches with her movements or desperation) that it takes away from the suspense, and almost makes those moments humorous. See more »

Quotes

Michael Bartel: Marlene, I think I'm gonna bum one of these.
[Takes one of her cigarettes]
Claire: You are such a bad influence. He only smokes around you now.
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Crazy Credits

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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Put your Hand on the Cradle and Rock now!
28 December 2000 | by Sharkey360See all my reviews

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle is a very solid thriller thanks to naturalism and realism. This is one of the best thrillers ever made, and it's just too bad it did not get the attention and praise it deserves. For one thing, we've seen many thrillers that lacked realism while some were not thrilling at all.

HTRTC has it all. A solid story, solid cast, good directing and best of all, a high level of realism. The story can actually happen to any family in America, or anywhere in the world. The cast is great, and even though there's basically no "big name phenomenon" (well, Julian Moore's now very popular but not yet here) in this film, the performances are very good. In fact, great! Rebecca De Mornay, who's young and very beautiful in this film, has the best performance as the smart-beautiful-deadly Peyton. She's very convincing as both wife and nanny, as well as temptress and killer!

Take note of some of the "sinful scenes" in this movie. Some scenes can be very disturbing (not disgusting) but if you're matured enough, then you'll get over this movie well. The "sinful scenes" do make a wake-up call in your family life. Heck, better watch out for those evil nannies!

I highly recommend watching this movie, even though it does not have any big superstardom at all. No special effects, no high tech gimmicks, no big super stars, just a great story to watch. What are you waiting for? Put your Hand on the Cradle and Rock!


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