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      The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

      1992, Mystery & thriller, 1h 50m

      53 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Thanks largely to Rebecca De Mornay's delightfully villainous turn in the central role, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is an entertaining -- albeit rather silly -- domestic thriller. Read critic reviews

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      When she was assaulted by her doctor, Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra) reported him to the police, and rather than go to prison for his crime, he killed himself. The shock of the accusations and suicide caused the doctor's pregnant wife, Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay), to have a miscarriage. Driven mad with rage, Peyton poses as a nanny for the Bartel family. Her plan: to tear Claire's life apart, seduce her husband (Matt McCoy) and eventually murder the woman she blames for ruining her life.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Curtis Hanson

      • Producer: David Madden

      • Writer: Amanda Silver

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $87.5M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

      • Production Co: Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Stereo

      Cast & Crew

      Rebecca De Mornay
      Matt McCoy
      Julianne Moore
      Madeline Zima
      John de Lancie
      Kevin Skousen
      Amanda Silver
      Robert W. Cort
      Ted Field
      Rick Jaffa
      Graeme Revell
      Robert Elswit
      John F. Link
      Edward Pisoni
      Mark Zuelzke

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      Audience Reviews for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

      • Dec 11, 2020

        Annabella Sciorra's performance as a stressed out wife who becomes suspicious of the behavior of her new nanny is the reason to watch this predictable thriller.

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      • Sep 06, 2012

        The smash success of <i>Fatal Attraction</i> ushered in a new era of thrillers starring demented and dangerous women. Among the best followers along with <i>Single White Female</i> is this effectively disturbing "nanny from hell" story.

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      • Oct 27, 2011

        Great suspense and scary scenes. Make sure you choose the nanny wisely

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      • Jun 04, 2010

        Fucking stupid movie that my local tv channel used to run almost daily.

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