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Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 20th Anniversary Ed [Blu-ray] (1992)

Annabella Sciorra , Rebecca De Mornay , Curtis Hanson , Robert Elswit  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Ernie Hudson, Matt McCoy, Julianne Moore
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson, Robert Elswit
  • Writers: Amanda Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Enhanced, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088EDMVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Relive all the chills and excitement of the critically acclaimed thriller THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE in a sensational 20th Anniversary Edition. Rebecca De Mornay (RISKY BUSINESS) is at her brilliant best in this riveting drama available for the first time on Blu-ray, featuring a digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Claire Bartel has the perfect life and family...exactly what her new live-in housekeeper, Peyton Flanders, desires. How far will Peyton go when the life she wants belongs to someone else? And will it be too late for Claire to stop her? Experience every breathtaking moment like never before on Blu-ray!

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Mornay's finest film ever! March 15, 2000
Format:DVD
Who would've thought that The Hand That Rocks The Cradle would've become so popular ever since its 1992 release? After being broadcast on the networks many times and finally put on cable, the viewers ratings show that this thriller is one that manages to gain more popularity with each showing. Starring Rebecca De Mornay as the estranged wife of an obstitrician accused of sexual molestation, she seeks out the woman who brought up the charges (Annabella Sciorra) after her husband kills himself. De Mornay's character, Peyton Flanders, worms her way into Annie's home, posing as a nanny in order to make Sciorra's family her own. The suspense builds to sometimes frightening heights as Peyton begins to destroy Annie's life, misplacing papers and making things not what they seem. The climax is one of the best suspense endings I've seen in my life, and the acting from each person in this film is amazing and truly believable. Unlike so many other movies, this one is not anticlimactic, and flows very steadily from start to finish. A must-see for an De Mornay fan as well as followers of the suspense genre.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little revenge never hurts, right? July 14, 2008
Format:DVD
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is one creepy film but I enjoyed it. Rebecca de Mornay plays a manipulative and revenge-seeking nanny. I am kinda surprised this thriller is directed by Curtis Hanson, doesn't seem like his type of movie. I won't give away too much but De Mornay's character has been through a tragedy and she will stop at nothing to seek solace even if it means driving a happily married couple insane. I highly recommend this cat and mouse game, enjoy!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining time February 14, 2004
Format:DVD
The plot is a bit predictable. You'll probably guess most of the plot twists before they come. The demented nanny. The saintly, stuttering black handyman whom she has fired. The mousy, asthmatic wife. The clueless husband. There are sadly, few surprises in this movie.

So why four stars instead of zero or one? Well, Rebecca DeMornay is superbly chilling in the role. She's absolutely believable as the nanny who has her very real reasons for going off the deep end. (In fact one of the few surprises in the film is that she is given a solid reason for flipping out. I sort of hate to say this, but I was kind of rooting for her over the very mousy Annabella Sciorra.)

The scene with DeMornay in the woman's bathroom at the arboretum was great. Her character, Payton, was quite soulless, and she made you feel her chill. She never plays a false note. The stares she gave could stop people in their tracks. You really do think this woman could kill.

Recommended. Worth watching if you want a good, entertaining. And DeMornay's character will stick with you for quite some time. She's that good (and beautiful, to boot.) Because of her story, you actually start rooting for her, except that she's gone around the bend a bit.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'll just take my baby, and go..." September 20, 2005
Format:DVD
The ethereal, beautiful, and always just a little too frightening Rebecca DeMornay does a star turn in this overly predictable potboiler about a psychotic Nanny run amok.

In THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, DeMornay plays Peyton, the widow of a Seattle-area gynecologist who commits suicide after he is accused by a patient (Annabella Sciorra) of sexual impropriety during an examination.

After losing her own pregnancy as a result of the shock of her husband's death, DeMornay manages to get hired by Sciorra to be the live-in Nanny for Sciorra's newly-arrived baby. As soon as Peyton settles in, she begins the slow and deliberate seduction and destruction of Sciorra's family, with the ultimate goal of stealing both husband and children away from the woman she considers responsible for the destruction of her own life.

Peyton is, ironically, a somewhat sympathetic character, who seems more dynamic than Sciorra's mousy Claire, at least until she starts to spit venom as her carefully constructed fantasy world begins to collapse.

The best thing about THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE is DeMornay herself, who moves from shyness and gentleness to brazenness and cruelty with an ease that is really disturbing. DeMornay is not a great actress, but she always projects an underlying predatory sexuality that THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE exploits magnificently.

When DeMornay's Peyton finally takes leave of her senses she is absolutely, convincingly, terrifying.

Always, ALWAYS, get references!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thriller! August 3, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie was terrific. Rebecca De Mornay played her part so well, I felt like I was living there in that house. You can feel the tension building and at times are very uncomfortable. It's hard to believe that someone as pretty and well-mannered as De Mornay's character could turn so evil. The character she played was probably normal until her life fell apart. In a short period of time, her husband committed suicide after the scandal came out that he was molesting patients, she lost the baby she was carrying, and was then forced to have an emergency hysterectomy. In addition to all this, her husband's estate was going to be sued by a number of sources, so she could not even keep her house or any of the money. This character had lost everything. Now she wants revenge on the woman who started it all, Claire Bartel (Sciorra). She also wants Claire's husband and two children for herself. The only thing she needs to do is get Claire out of the way. It is truly chilling from beginning to end. Seattle looks great in it, too. In fact, this movie inspired me to take my first trip to Seattle. I even went to the "Bartel's" house, which is located in Tacoma. It is a beautiful neighborhood. I took pictures of the house and surrounding area. It was hard to believe that I was actually there. The neighborhood didn't have that "chilling" feeling, though. You only get that from watching the movie. Amanda Silver did a brilliant job writing this script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary movie
Good scary movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The quality of the dvd was good, so was the movie, is just like I remember good entertainment.
Published 4 days ago by Adolfo Gomez
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good movie, I was glad to find it here ...
This is a really good movie, I was glad to find it here on Amazon for a really cheap price.
Published 8 days ago by Amanda Kay Urbanosky
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a good movie...have seen it a couple of times.
Published 13 days ago by KEHL
4.0 out of 5 stars ...Rules The World!
This film stars Annabella Sciorra as Claire Bartel and Rebecca De Mornay as nanny, Peyton Flanders. Claire's life becomes upset when her new gynecologist employs inappropriate... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense doesn't get any better!
I LOVE this movie, one of my all time favorites!
Published 23 days ago by K.E.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie. Watch as a child and I was so happy to find it. Great Shipping.
Published 24 days ago by Catherine Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 29 days ago by Robert A. Crigger
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca DeMorney is excellent, and will keep you on the edge of ...
terifice portrayal of fatal attraction for some other woman's man .Rebecca DeMorney is excellent, and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 1 month ago by L. J. Greco
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