The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is director Curtis Hanson's suburban horror story of a demented nanny bent on revenge for past wrongs. Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay) was once a happily married woman, but when her doctor husband is accused of assaulting a patient and he commits suicide, her world falls apart and she plots revenge. Claire (Annabella Sciorra), the woman who made the accusation, hires Peyton as a nanny, not knowing of their past involvement. Peyton then proceeds to terrorize the family, … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Amanda Silver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:
Disney

Cast


as Claire Bartel

as Peyton Flanders

as Michael Bartel

as Solomon

as Emma Bartel

as Dr. Mott

as Dr. Mott

as Schoolyard Bully

as Baby Joe

as Baby Joe

as `Seattle Today' Host

as `Seattle Today' Host

as Dr. Mott's Nurse

as Emergency Room Nurse

as Emergency Room Nurse

as Peyton's Nurse

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Woman in Park

as Child in Schoolyard

as Child in Schoolyard

as Child in Schooolyard

as Child in Schoolyard

as Botanical Gardens Wo...

as Federal Express Cler...

as Male Lab Worker

as Female Lab Worker

as Man at Cleaners

as Marlene's Assistant

as Paramedic

as Policeman

as Realtor

as Botanical Gardens Wo...
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Critic Reviews for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

This is De Mornay's film and she's a wicked treat, looking daggers at her enemy one moment and then glazing over with sweetness the next.

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Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film is unusually gripping.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The careful structure of THTRTC guarantees that the movie will generate a fair amount of suspense throughout. But the single-mindedness of the movie is a genuine limitation, and, watching it, you begin to feel spoon-fed.

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Orlando Sentinel
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With its banal, docile household threatened by an enemy within, the film is like The Stepfather without wit or irony.

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New Yorker
Top Critic

At its best, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a bright, nasty psychological thriller with a joker up its sleeve.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unpretentious and efficient.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. That is very true in this nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller. Excellent acting by Rebecca De Mornay, and Annabella Sciorra who I had not heard of until I watched this movie. Absolutely a great movie! You'll honestly enjoy this movie if your into thriller movies like I am. Rent it!!!! :)

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Cassie Hill

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

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Disturbing.

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Tim Salmons

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