The Hand that Rocks the Cradle


The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

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Curtis Hanson's suburban horror story stars Rebecca De Mornay as Peyton, an unstable woman who takes a job as a nanny in order to exact revenge on her employers.

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Annabella Sciorra
as Claire Bartel
Rebecca De Mornay
as Peyton Flanders
Matt McCoy
as Michael Bartel
Ernie Hudson
as Solomon
Madeline Zima
as Emma Bartel
Justin Zaremby
as Schoolyard Bully
Eric Melander
as Baby Joe
Cliff Lenz
as `Seattle Today' Host
Penny LeGate
as `Seattle Today' Host
Mary Anne Owen
as Dr. Mott's Nurse
Laura Ferri
as Emergency Room Nurse
Dee Dee Van Zyl
as Emergency Room Nurse
Sara Jennifer Sharp
as Peyton's Nurse
Susan Chin
as Newscaster
Kimberly Hill
as Newscaster
Jane Jones
as Woman in Park
Ericka Matson
as Child in Schoolyard
Robert James
as Child in Schoolyard
Aimee Kanemori
as Child in Schooolyard
Elaine Micklesen
as Child in Schoolyard
Brian T. Finney
as Botanical Gardens Worker
Stephen West
as Federal Express Clerk
David Scully
as Male Lab Worker
Julie Clemmons
as Female Lab Worker
Joseph Franklin
as Man at Cleaners
Tom Francis
as Marlene's Assistant
Jeff Conkel
as Paramedic
Patrick Ryals
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

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Audience Reviews for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

  • 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.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Great suspense and scary scenes. Make sure you choose the nanny wisely
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2010
    Fucking stupid movie that my local tv channel used to run almost daily.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2009
    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a very well made psychological thriller that will make you think twice about hiring a nanny for your kids. Rebecca De Mornay's is an over the edge psycho who wants to get revenge on one family because of a miscarriage she suffered over the fact that her doctor husband was accused and found guilty of sexually foundling his own patients. Her portrayal as the devious and calculating nanny with issues was convincing. She is truly chilling as the sinister Peyton who plans to get rid of the wife and take over her husband and children. Anneballa Sciorra also does a good job as the mother. A must see for those who love thrillers and suspense movies.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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