The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Curtis Hanson (1992)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
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.


A doctor is caught molesting a patient and commits suicide, after which his wife has a miscarriage. She blames his victim for her losses and plans to get revenge, infiltrating the unsuspecting woman's house as a nanny and playing twisted mind games to destroy her life. Thriller, starring Rebecca De Mornay, Annabella Sciorra, Julianne Moore, Matt McCoy and Ernie Hudson.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Curtis Hanson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, nudity. Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD