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

Annabella Sciorra , Rebecca De Mornay , Curtis Hanson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson
  • Writers: Amanda Silver
  • Producers: David Madden, Ira Halberstadt, Rick Jaffa, Robert W. Cort, Ted Field
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A potboiler featuring a demented caretaker and a seemingly hapless suburban family, this is The Nanny of the 1990s. However, it is much more predictable than that 1965 Bette Davis psychodrama, and more graphic. It works only because Rebecca De Mornay makes us intensely uncomfortable as the disturbed au pair who wants to take care of much more than her employer's well-being.

Annabella Sciorra plays the perfect mother of a flawless family. Her obstetrician, however, is less than wonderful, having enjoyed her examination much more than he should have. When she files sexual harassment charges against the repugnant doctor, he loses face--literally--after shooting himself in the head. Several months later, an ideal nanny shows up at her home. You guessed it--she's the doc's widow.

The movie follows a tried and trusted formula, with the audience in on everything. However, the story does surprise us in intense and intimate ways. The visit to the obstetrician is one of the creepiest moments in the film. You definitely hear the voice of writer Amanda Silver in a plot concerned with the vulnerabilities of a family, a newborn, a marriage.

Since we know so much up front, there is an overall lack of inventiveness in the plot machinations. It may not jolt us, but De Mornay does. It's unsettling to watch someone who appears so attractive and who behaves so kindly suddenly reveal hideous psychopathic tendencies. Restraining herself from going over the top, she instead oozes such malevolence you'll want to shudder. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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audio in italianodopo il suicidio del marito e un aborto, peyton flanders si fa assumere come baby-sitter dalla famiglia che nel suo delirio considera responsabile delle sue disgrazie. come un'acqua cheta, mette in atto un perfido piano per rovinare gli ignari datori di lavoro. scritto da amanda silver, il thriller e' cervellotico, ma c. hanson lo governa con mano provetta: obbliga lo spettatore a vedere come va a finire, crea un'atmosfera, guida con intelligenza i duetti tra r. de mornay e a. sciorra.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic 25 Oct 2012
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Just love this film, Peyton the nanny is such a bitch but it's a bitch we all love as Rebecca de Mornay is fantastic as the bad nanny. From start to finish it gets you interested in the storyline, and Peyton (Rebecca de Mornay) just gets badder and badder as the film goes on. I really don't understand anyone who gives this film bad reviews, i know everyone has their own opinion, but mine is this film is a classic. One that can't be missed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Ali M
I must have seen this film more than 50 times over the years and it is still entertaining from start to finish. The lead actress who plays crazy nanny Peyton is just brilliant and you will feel so sorry for the character of Claire as Peyton turns her life into a complete mess before the showdown at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent thriller. Director Curtis Hanson cranks up a real chilling atmosphere, with sheer adrenaline and suspense running through the brilliantly acted characters and storyline, it's so exciting it never stops. This film has the best performance I have ever seen by a Hollywood actress. Rebecca De Mornay is so convincingly evil and intimidating in her beautiful icy blonde villain role, you'll wonder why she didn't get a single oscar nod. But she did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a nomination for Best Female Performance. She is subtle and intimidating, not over the top and laughable and the film is all the better for it as well as how the story reflects real people and how families being careful about who should be around their children. I really liked Julianne Moore too, who added some realistic bitter humour. A simple story of a nanny who wants revenge on the nice, happy woman who drove her doctor husband to kill himself, is perfect. Sure, it's been done before but never as attention grabbing or so cunningly presented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hand That Rocks The Cradle DVD 1992 15 Oct 2013
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This DVD was never in any of the supermarkets or on market stalls so I was forced to seek it out on Amazon Marketplace, I must have watched this film on television spoiled by adverts but it's a classic, well worth waiting for and definitely well worth the price, thanks to Annabella Sciorra I now own my own copy to watch at my leisure, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay 26 Jun 2013
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Annabella Sciorra is the beautiful wife running her idyllic household. Rebecca De Mornay is jealous, evil, powerful and unnervingly sinister. De Mornay pulls out a rabbit in this film, her character is disturbing in a way that we hadn't seen since Cathy Bates in Misery. If you last saw this movie in 1992, it's time to give it another viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hand that rocks the Cradle 16 Jun 2013
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An excellent film that keeps you interested to the very end. It shows my childcare students how not to be a nanny!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed classic 8 July 2010
I first saw this film in the cinema in 1992 and have since re-visited it maybe five times more - it is quite superb as an example of the 90s psychological thriller also epitomised in Single White Female, Silence of the Lambs, Misery and to an extent Basic Instinct, which was out around the same time. We had originally gone to see another film but ended up watching this - I knew nothing about it other than the fact it starred the wonderful and delectable De Mornay, who had taken my breath away (and that of every other red-blooded young lad) in Risky Business nine years earier.

So what a wonderful surprise it was to see her in this remarkable role. Not a particularly original plot - crazed woman seeks revenge on family - but De Mornay plays it to perfection: unsettling in the extreme; calculating; charming on the outside, burning with rage on the inside. I genuinely felt at the time it was Oscar-worthy and still do. And yet despite all the increasingly appalling acts she perpetrates in an attempt to destroy the family she is supposed to be serving, we still feel some sympathy for her deranged character. There are comparisons with Kathy Bates' startling turn in Misery although it would be folly to suggest De Mornay's portrayal is in quite that league. However it is extremely effective. The scene where she deals with the school bully is both shocking and amusing in equal measure, while her systematic attempts at undermining her employer, superbly played by Anabella Sciorra, are ingenious and chilling.

Some scenes are extremely uncomfortable - most notably the one with the charming but perverted gynaecologist (De Mornay's husband) at the start of the film. No woman can fail to react with anything but horror to this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Stampy
After an awkward beginning this family drama thriller panned out to be one of the best in it's genre with fantastic acting and characters brilliantly portrayed by the director of Oscar winning L.A Confidential, Curtis Hudson.

Rebecca De Morney (Risky Business, The three Musketeers) stars as the psychotically crushed want to be mother who sweeps in on the wealthy parent Claire, played with great belief by Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever, Find me guilty) and tries to muscle her way through the family, causing mayhem to ruin her life.

Never in my entire film watching life have I seen a character as demented, determined and manipulative as De Morney's character Mrs Mott. This villain is unbelievably awful to Claire and is very surprising and clever in her moves and you can't help but chuckle at her sneakiness to

manipulate the family. De Morney is amazing in her role and conforms to the characters personality perfectly.

The unlucky mother Claire is a character most mothers will sympathize with as she tries to deal with her family as well as other issues ruining her life. Sciorra acts perfectly as the depressed and sometimes cheerful mother.

Ernie Hudson is magnificent playing a retard and is also sometimes humorous as well as serious and apologetic.

The story is excellent. It is fast flowing, consistent, enjoyable and down right realistic of society. It was very difficult viewing when the doctor was feeling up his patients and there is somewhat an anticlimax at the end but through reinforced stereotypes and real life situations the whole film is pure genius but is a must watch because of Rebecca De Morney's character.

There are also many twists which will keep audiences hooked throughout as well as many scenes of violence and sex ideologies conforming to a real life scenario centred film about family issues, relationships, parenthood, jobs and crime.

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