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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: Hollywood Pictures
- 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: 3/4 -- All of the best parts here go to women -- Sciorra, De Mornay and Julianne Moore in a funny supporting bit as Claire's cynical, suspicious friend. Full Review
Philadelphia Daily News
With its banal, docile household threatened by an enemy within, the film is like The Stepfather without wit or irony.
...Rebecca DeMornay's performance is so fiercely felt that she makes you sympathize with the beast...
Los Angeles Daily News
Rating: 3/5 -- The careful structure of THTRTC guarantees that the movie will generate a fair amount of suspense throughout. But the single-mindedness of the movie is a genuine limitation, and, watching it, you begin to feel spoon-fed. Full Review
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
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, though it positions itself as chilling suspense, is not even mildly scary; it's just offensive. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Disturbing thriller about a babysitter; cursing, violence. Full Review
Common Sense Media
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.