The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

January 10th, 1992


The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

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Still of Rebecca De Mornay and Ernie Hudson in The Hand That Rocks the CradleStill of Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra in The Hand That Rocks the CradleStill of Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

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.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.4/10 (16,154 voted)

Director: Curtis Hanson

Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy

Peyton Flanders 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, and blamed it on Claire (the mother). Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before.

Annabella Sciorra - Claire Bartel
Rebecca De Mornay - Mrs. Mott / Peyton Flanders
Matt McCoy - Michael Bartel
Julianne Moore - Marlene Craven
Ernie Hudson - Solomon
Madeline Zima - Emma Bartel
John de Lancie - Dr. Victor Mott
Kevin Skousen - Marty Craven
Mitchell Laurance - 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

Taglines: Behind a beautiful face, beneath a dangerous smile, lies a revenge that can't be stopped.

Release Date: 10 January 1992

Filming Locations: 2502 37th Ave W, Seattle, Washington, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,700,000 (estimated)

Gross: $88,036,683 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Continuity: When Michael goes downstairs because he hears opera music playing in Peyton's room, the indicator lights for the alarm and PM time on the clock radio change from two lights to one and back again.

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

User Review

The Nanny From Hell

Rating: 8/10

Just the opening scene turns off a lot of people, but that's too because all of the film - all of it - is interesting with Rebecca DeMornay excelling at a vengeful, psychotic killer nanny. This "nanny" does about everything you could do to ruin a family. Yes, she's the nanny from Hell.

I always thought Annabella Sciorra had an interesting face with a knockout smile, at least back in late '80s, early '90s, so I enjoy watching her. Here, she plays a good woman who is married to a good man (Matt McCoy) - wow, there's an oddity in modern films: a happy and faithful husband and wife!

This is an involving film. Once you are into it, you're hooked and the 100-plus minutes go by pretty fast. DeMornay is so effective in her role you just can't wait to see her exposed for who she is and justice done to her.

I did think Sciorra's character would have needed more to go on to come to the right conclusion near the end, but, usually every film has some question marks regarding credibility. The violent, ending scene is very suspenseful and well- done.


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