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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

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Release Date
• USA: Jan 10, 1992
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 8, 1998
• R2: 5 Feb 2001

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Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista, Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Nomura Babcock & Brown Company

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• The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Psychos, Suspense, Revenge, Femme Fatale, Deception, Doctor, Marriage, Disturbing, Mental Illness, Mistaken Identity, Role-switching

Tagline: ... is the hand that rules the world.

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Curtis Hanson
L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys
 Written by
Amanda Silver
Eye for an Eye
Annabella Sciorra
Cop Land, What Dreams May Come, Chasing Liberty
Rebecca De Mornay
Wedding Crashers, Identity, Backdraft
Ernie Hudson
Ghost Busters, The Crow, Miss Congeniality
Julianne Moore
The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia
Matt McCoy
L.A. Confidential, Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Madeline Zima
A Cinderella Story, Mr. Nanny, 'Til There Was You
John de Lancie
Multiplicity, Fearless, Star Trek: The Next Generation - All Good Things...
 Music By
Graeme Revell
Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Pitch Black

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