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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle [DVD] [1992]

Release Date:12/08/1998
Rebecca DeMornay essays the role of the vengeful nanny, terrorizing the family of the woman she deems responsible for her husband's death in Hollywood Home Pictures' release of this taut thriller from director Curtis Hanson. Presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and closed-captioned with English Dolby Digital Surround audio, this DVD also offers the option of a French Dolby Digital Stereo audio track and features a theatrical trailer. Parents will think twice before calling the babysitter after this nail-biting tale of obsessive revenge.
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    Special Features

    • Dolby Surround
    • Theatrical trailer
    • French language track
    • Chapter search


    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
    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. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Annabella Sciorra
      Annabella Sciorra - Claire Bartel
    • Rebecca De Mornay
      Rebecca De Mornay - Peyton Flanders
    • Matt McCoy
      Matt McCoy - Michael Bartel
    • Ernie Hudson
      Ernie Hudson - Solomon
    • Julianne Moore
      Julianne Moore - Marlene

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