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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 (127 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: 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 (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088EDMVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,784 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Get ready for edge-of-your-seat excitement with the hit that rocked the nation! In this entertaining thriller, Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra -- THE HARD WAY, INTERNAL AFFAIRS) has the perfect life and family -- and exactly what Petyon Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay -- RISKY BUSINESS) desires desperately. But once Peyton deceptively becomes the Bartels' live-in housekeeper, how far will she really go when the life she wants belongs to someone else? From absorbing start to heart-stopping finish, this critically acclaimed winner delivers a lively mix of thrills, chills, and surprises equaling 100% fun!

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43 of 43 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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16 of 16 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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13 of 13 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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly mixed bag delivers some chills and thrills October 13, 2002
Format:DVD
Here's a movie whose premise is often unsettling, but the execution, when it takes off, keeps one's attention through thrills and chills. A doctor commits suicide after malpractice charges. His widow, who has apparently led a "normal" life before that, suddenly turns into a vengeful demon (just why is left unexplained). She targets the woman who first brought abuse charges against her deceased husband, posing as a nanny and moving in with a hidden motive of stealing her baby. The doctor's widow turned vengeful nanny is played by seldom-seen actress Rebecca de Mornay, in a generally commanding performance that could well make us wish to see her act in more movies. She's chilling as the grisly villain but a few of her actions are as unexplained as why she turns vengeful in the first place. At one point, as part of her plot, she destroys an important business letter to her target's husband (and father of the baby she plans to steal). She does so in a "toilet stall", preparing to flush the fragments of the letter. But for mysterious reasons she goes ballistic and seems to try to destroy the "stall" by beating it with a plunger. The mother she targets is played by Annabella Sciorra, who, in typical fashion for her, is part riveting, part exasperating. Her husband, played by Matt McCoy, is a longsuffering doter, exasperatingly longsuffering at times through his wife's travails. Julianne Moore has a supporting role in this movie, made before she had (at least to my knowledge) become anywhere nearly the major actress she is today. Her performance herein is a mixed bag, showing considerable acting potential but not clearly foreshadowing the significant actress she would become. But perhaps the show-stealing role herein is that of a mentally-challenged gardener, played by Ernie Hudson. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars kid.
great movie.great acting.great transfer quality! one of the best movies I own! thank you amozon for getting it to me so fast!
Published 2 days ago by Gerald S Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
This was a compelling thriller. The acting was good, and the plot was sound. I would recommend it to others.
Published 18 days ago by Judith B Troutman
5.0 out of 5 stars absoutely fantastic!!
I love this movie!! A nice twisted thriller. The picture quality is perfect. Had been looking for this movie at walmart and target, never found it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debrah Richardson
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
i like horror movies and im glad it came on time, it was at an awesome affordable price, yes i recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars So Good
Lifetime movie alert! Its not an actual Lifetime movie but it pretty much sums up the crazy babysitter theme and its by far the best one I've ever seen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good drama.
With thriller elements. The idea is not to trust foreign persons and especially do not put them in your house without real need (unless is health professional) close to your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Natalja Litvinova
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Babysitter or Nanny
Where in the world is this off the change woman from and out of her mind when her does crazy things to woman, and think they are suppose to get away with it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wayne mangm
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
I remembered watching this movie a long time ago and thought my daughter would enjoy it. She said she liked it. I would recommend it to anyone who like suspenseful movies.
Published 3 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Shower Raffle Prize
This was the perfect prize for my baby shower raffle. It got a lot of laughs and the winners really enjoy having this film! It has aged rather well, still very much a thriller.
Published 3 months ago by Tanya
5.0 out of 5 stars Still scary!
Saw this when it first came out and then again recently. It was still as scary the second time around. The fact that it is a bit dated didn't matter at all.
Published 3 months ago by Baybeboo
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