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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 8, 1998
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Rebecca De Mornay, Annabella Sciorra, Ernie Hudson, Matt McCoy & Julianne Moore|
|Performer:||Madeline Zima & John de Lancie|
|Directed by||Curtis Hanson|
|Edited by||John F. Link|
|Screenwriting by||Amanda Silver|
|Composition by||Graeme Revell|
|Produced by||David Madden|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Elswit|
|Executive Production by||Ted Field, Rick Jaffa & Robert W. Cort|
Rating: 4/5 -- This is pure unbridled hokum, of course, but extremely effective until the last 30 minutes, when the plot rapidly self-destructs. Full Review
...THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE comes on like the FATAL ATTRACTION of child care...
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Unpretentious and efficient. Full Review
...Rebecca DeMornay's performance is so fiercely felt that she makes you sympathize with the beast...
Los Angeles Daily News
Rating: 3.5/5 -- At its best, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a bright, nasty psychological thriller with a joker up its sleeve. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
...A terrific cast...De Mornay's Peyton is a deranged dynamo; it's a crackerjack performance...
Rebecca De Mornay stars as a nanny with an evil agenda in this psychological thriller directed by Curtis Hanson (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). When her new obstetrician Dr. Mott (John DeLancie), touches Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra) inappropriately during an exam, Claire reports him. The scandal ultimately causes Dr. Mott's suicide and his wife's miscarriage. Determined to have both a child and revenge, Mrs. Mott (De Mornay), now going by the name Peyton Flanders, poses as the perfect nanny and is hired by Claire and her husband, Michael (Matt McCoy), to care for their young daughter, Emma (Madeline Zima), and infant son. Seemingly sweet and helpful, Peyton slowly infiltrates the family's world. Once she has gained their trust, she begins to wreak havoc in their lives. Claire begins to doubt her husband's fidelity, her abilities as a mother, and virtually every other aspect of her life--including her sanity--as Peyton deliberately tries to ruin her life and replace her as a wife and mother. De Mornay is a delicious villain--all sugar and spice in front of the family but positively venomous when plotting and executing her revenge. Director Hanson crafts his thriller with great skill and attention to character, making this a must-see.
A seemingly perfect nanny is hired by a family who doesn't realize that her husband was the mother's gynecologist who killed himself after being accused of molesting her. Now this nanny wants a family of her own--after a healthy helping of revenge.
Family Interaction | Psychos | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Vengeance | Parenthood | Theatrical Release | Revenge | Essential Cinema
- Theatrical release: January 10, 1992.
- Filmed in Issaquah, Seattle, and Tacoma, Washington.
- The film features an early screen appearance by Julianne Moore.
- Debut screenwriter Amanda Silver is the granddaughter of the late screenwriter Sidney Buchman.
- Sales Rank: 1,994
- UPC: 717951000774
- Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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