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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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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

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Taglines:

Trust is her weapon. Innocence her opportunity. Revenge her only desire. 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 »

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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". See more »

Goofs

When Emma carries Joe into the closet to escape Peyton, it is clearly a doll she is holding and not a real baby. See more »

Quotes

Peyton Flanders: Marlene, is everything all right?
Marlene 'Marl' Craven: No! I need a doctor. KNOW of any, Mrs Mott?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Hollywood's Fear of Love (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

O DRY THE GLISTENING TEAR
from "Pirates of Penzance"
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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Eerily rings true
3 April 2004 | by boycebrown-1See 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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