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, attempts to seduce the...
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Overview

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, attempts to seduce the husband and generally destroy Claire as she feels she has been destroyed. The film, while somewhat implausible, is saved by the strong performances of Sciorra and De Mornay. Rebecca De Mornay has not given such a good performance since Risky Business, and she manages to make Peyton both believable, frightening and sympathetic. De Mornay has many great moments, but the scene, where she slowly destroys a bathroom in her impotent rage is unbelievably powerful. Hanson, a superb director of thrillers, manages to bring all the elements together to make The Hand that Rocks the Cradle a frightening psychological thriller and an interesting look at a woman's obsessive hatred and envy.
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There have been many movies about psychos invading the homes and overturning the domestic bliss of innocent families, but in the capable hands of Curtis Hanson, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle rises above most of its brethren. The film has the kind of determined pacing in which one scene leads logically to the next, gradually intensifying toward disaster, as Rebecca De Mornay's vengeful widow increases her secret stranglehold on the couple who accused her gynecologist husband of sexual assault, leading to his suicide. De Mornay's performance borrows heavily from a long tradition of wronged women turned crazy, but that doesn't make her any less steely eyed or chilling. Her anger is just below the surface, but the surface sure is sweet, which is what manages to win over the Bartels (Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy), despite an increased wariness following their experience with the gynecologist -- which they believe to be unrelated. Constructed as a string of set pieces, the film offers some memorable ones, including a deadly rigged greenhouse and a scene involving expired aspirators that asthmatics won't soon forget. Sciorra and McCoy also turn in strong performances, struggling with a deterioration in their quality of lives that they can't pinpoint, and Ernie Hudson is very touching as a mentally challenged handyman whose mistrust of De Mornay comes back to haunt him. This is hardly a consequential film, but for a taut addition to the thriller genre, it's pretty entertaining stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 786936826685
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen / Restored / Enhanced
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,958

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annabella Sciorra Claire Bartel
Rebecca deMornay Peyton Flanders
Matt McCoy Michael Bartel
Ernie Hudson Solomon
Julianne Moore Marlene
Madeline Zima Emma Bartel
John deLancie Dr. Mott
Kevin Skousen Marty
Mitchell Laurence Lawyer
Junie Lowry-Johnson
Elaine Micklesen Child in Schoolyard
Dee Dee Van Zyl Emergency Room Nurse
Justin Zaremby Schoolyard Bully
Jennifer Melander Baby Joe
Cliff Lenz "Seattle Today" Host
Penny LeGate "Seattle Today" Host
Mary Anne Owen Dr. Mott's Nurse
Therese Xavier Tinling Receptionist
Todd Jamieson Surgeon
Laura Ferri Emergency Room Nurse
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis Peyton's Nurse
Sara Jennifer Sharp Peyton's Nurse
Susan Chin Newscaster
Kimberly Hill Newscaster
Jane Jones Woman in Park
Ericka Matson Child in Schoolyard
Robert James Child in Schoolyard
Aimee Kanemori Child in Schoolyard
Brian Finney Botanical Gardens Worker
Stephen West Federal Express Clerk
David Scully Male Lab Worker
Julie Clemmons Female Lab Worker
Joseph Franklin Man at Cleaners
Tom Francis Marlene's Assistant
Jeff Conkel Paramedic
Patrick Ryals Policeman
Charles Lucia Realtor
Ashley Melander Baby Joe
Eric Melander Baby Joe
Technical Credits
Curtis Hanson Director
Daniel W. Barringer Stunts
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Michael Daves Asst. Director
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Ira Halberstadt Co-producer, Production Manager
Rick Jaffa Executive Producer
Barbara Klein Stunts
John F. Link Editor
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
David Madden Producer
Annie Maniscalco Makeup
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Costumes/Costume Designer
James Pilcher Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Pisoni Production Designer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Bob Riggs Special Effects
Lynn Salvatori Stunts
Amanda Silver Screenwriter
Gilbert Wong Set Decoration/Design
Mark Zuelzke Art Director
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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Even though it was published in 1992, it is still worth watching

    Even though it was published in 1992, it is still worth watching because
    it has deep meanings in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    WATCH OUT FOR THE BABYSITER!

    MAN CREPPY MOVIE WHEN I WATCHED IT IT SCARED ME SORTA REMINDS ME OF MY PSYCO AUNT WHO I SHOULD KNOW CAUSE THERE ARE SOME NUTTY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD MAN CREPPY BUT REAL GOOD MOVIE THEY SHOULD HAVE CALLED IT THE PSYCO NANNY!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    All around good movie!

    Just a great movie with a solid storyline! Rebecca DeMornay was the villian that leaves you feeling cold - which for this was a good thing!

    Everyone was exceptional and is a movie you can watch again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    rebecca demornay is the most underrated star ever!

    This is a beautiful story about a woman aspiring to be a perfect housewife...except she's the nanny, not the housewife so you see where the conflicts lie. Rebecca Demornay is by far the best nanny, until fran dreschner came into our homes. The story is just so gripping in how it deals with the nervousness of having a nanny with your children and husband or wife. The one thing that really moved me in this movie is how they handled the nanny's miscarriage. Although it really freaked me out when she fed the mothers baby without the bottle. It was so sad, but it was beautifully written and handled well. This certainly wasnt Mr. Belvedere! go buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    Great

    This movie has always been a favorite of mine. Just recently I realized it was filmed 25 minutes from where I live so I decided this morning to go find the Bartel house. It was pretty easy to find and I could not believe I was staring at the same house where all that stuff in the movie happened. To my surprise and shock, the green house is actually still there! I'm not joking! After driving past the front of the house 5 times, I decided to find the ''back side'' - where Claire always pulled her car in. It's actually an alley and I drove into it and to my surprise it takes you smack dab right next to the house. I could not believe it. The garage, green house, everything. I could not believe it. Well I have pictures and can re visit the house if I want since I live so close. My next place to visit is Dr. Motts house. Anyway this movie has always given me chills at the end. I'm surprised that it's located in the horror section at my video store, but I guess since it has a rating of R. To summarize, great movie, beautiful house it was filmed at, and great suspense at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    A Great Movie!

    This is one of my favorite movies, and I never get tired of watching it. Claire Bartel (Sciorra) plays a happy housewife who gets molested during her first visit to a new gynecologist named Dr. Mott. When she files a complaint against him, he commits suicide, leaving behind his pregnant wife (De Mornay). After his suicide, Mrs. Mott miscarries her baby, ends up having an emergency hysterectomy, and loses her home and money (due to the number of lawsuits filed against her late husband's estate). To make matters worse, she has no other family of her own. She is a woman who has literally lost everything. Six months later, Mrs. Mott (now calling herself Peyton Flanders) shows up unexpectedly at Claire's house looking for a job as a nanny. After she is hired, she quickly goes about trying to destroy Claire's life. De Mornay gives a powerful performance as someone who is sweet and innocent on the outside, yet raging inside. Revenge is her main desire, but as the movie progresses, it's obvious that she wants Claire's children and husband for herself. All she has to do is get Claire out of the way. There are some very chilling scenes, and the performances of Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra made this film the hit that it was. When I vacationed in Seattle a few years ago, I took a drive down to the ''Bartel'' house (which is located in Tacoma). It's a beautiful neighborhood, and I took pictures of the house. The house didn't have that ''chilling'' feeling, though. You only get that from watching the movie.

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