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.

Director:

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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Get rocked January 10th! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, violence, a scene of sexual molestation, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The song that Mrs Mott hums while emptying Claire's inhalers is "Poor Wandering One" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan from the the musical "Pirates of Penzance". See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Mott destroys Micheal's report in the bathroom, she then beats the walls of the stall with a plunger until she breaks the head off. This tantrum and noise would be clearly heard in a greenhouse. See more »

Quotes

Marlene 'Marl' Craven: The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in High Hopes: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (2008) See more »

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SEATTLE TODAY THEME
Written by Dan Dean
Courtesy of Dan Dean Productions
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An entertaining and suspenseful drama
26 June 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This domestic thriller was a box-office hit despite its mid-level marquee pull and is entertaining and delivers plenty of suspense and shocks along the way. A vengeful widow who has lost her husband to a suicide and suffers a miscarriage plans to get even with the woman who caused the trouble by filing a sexual molestation suit against her husband. Rebecca de Mornay is the evil nanny who plots her revenge with relish, her satisfaction obvious as her plans begin to bear fruit. The nanny is not swayed by the innocence of the young girl or the newborn baby she is hired to care for and intends to destroy the entire family. Naturally, the parents are clueless as to what is going on until much later, while de Mornay methodically turns the household into her own domain, holding it in a grip of fear. Annabella Sciorra is the wife and mother who confronts de Mornay in the final moments. Graeme Revell contributes a nice music score.


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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