The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

  • 15
  • Curtis Hanson (1992)
  • US
  • 105 min
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Cool, Teutonic-looking Rebecca De Mornay plays the nanny from hell, wreaking havoc on the sunny designer family life of Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy, in this nerve-racking psychological thriller. Director Curtis Hanson successfully plugs into every deep-seated fear of middle-class parents, with De Mornay doing a neat turn in icy malevolence wrapped up in the guise of responsible carer. This is pure unbridled hokum, of course, but extremely effective until the last 30 minutes, when the plot rapidly self-destructs.

Plot Summary

Thriller starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay. Claire Bartel, a suburban wife and mother who's pregnant with her second child, is sexually abused by her gynaecologist Dr Mott during a check up. When the incident has tragic repercussions, Mott's wife blames Claire and, adopting the guise of a nanny, seeks revenge.

Cast and crew

Cast

Claire Bartel
Annabella Sciorra
Mrs Mott / "Peyton Flanders"
Rebecca De Mornay
Michael Bartel
Matt McCoy
Solomon
Ernie Hudson
Marlene
Julianne Moore
Emma Bartel
Madeline Zima
Doctor Mott
John de Lancie
Marty
Kevin Skousen
Lawyer
Mitchell Laurance
Schoolyard bully
Justin Zaremby

Crew

Director
Curtis Hanson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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