The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Still of Rebecca De Mornay and Ernie Hudson in The Hand That Rocks the CradleStill of Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra in The Hand That Rocks the CradleStill of Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle


After her humiliated husband kills himself, an embittered pregnant widow loses her child, and embarks on a mission of vengeance against a woman and her family.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 6.4/10 (16,154 voted)

Curtis Hanson

Stars: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy

Peyton Flanders seemed to be the perfect nanny, but secretly she was out to wreck the lives of the family she was supposed to be helping. Before becoming the nanny, Peyton had a miscarriage, and blamed it on Claire (the mother). Claire suspects nothing, having never met Peyton before.


Annabella Sciorra

Claire Bartel

Rebecca De Mornay

Mrs. Mott
Peyton Flanders

Matt McCoy

Michael Bartel

Julianne Moore

Marlene Craven

Ernie Hudson


Madeline Zima

Emma Bartel

John de Lancie

Dr. Victor Mott

Kevin Skousen

Marty Craven

Mitchell Laurance


Justin Zaremby

Roth, the Schoolyard Bully

Eric Melander

Joey 'Joe' Bartel

Jennifer Melander

Joey 'Joe' Bartel

Ashley Melander

Joey 'Joe' Bartel

Cliff Lenz

Seattle Today Host

Penny LeGate

Seattle Today Host

Behind a beautiful face, beneath a dangerous smile, lies a revenge that can't be stopped.

Release Date: 10 January 1992

Filming Locations: 2502 37th Ave W, Seattle, Washington, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,700,000


Gross: $88,036,683

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The title of the film is taken from the poem of the same name written by William Ross Wallace. The poem praises motherhood as the primary impetus for changing the world.


When Michael goes downstairs because he hears opera music playing in Peyton's room, the indicator lights for the alarm and PM time on the clock radio change from two lights to one and back again.


Peyton Flanders:
Marlene, is everything all right?

Marlene 'Marl' Craven:
No! I need a doctor. KNOW of any, Mrs Mott?

User Review

The Nanny From Hell

Rating: 8/10

Just the opening scene turns off a lot of people, but that's too
because all of the film – all of it – is interesting with Rebecca
DeMornay excelling at a vengeful, psychotic killer nanny. This "nanny"
does about everything you could do to ruin a family. Yes, she's the
nanny from Hell.

I always thought Annabella Sciorra had an interesting face with a
knockout smile, at least back in late '80s, early '90s, so I enjoy
watching her. Here, she plays a good woman who is married to a good man
(Matt McCoy) – wow, there's an oddity in modern films: a happy and
faithful husband and wife!

This is an involving film. Once you are into it, you're hooked and the
100-plus minutes go by pretty fast. DeMornay is so effective in her
role you just can't wait to see her exposed for who she is and justice
done to her.

I did think Sciorra's character would have needed more to go on to come
to the right conclusion near the end, but, usually every film has some
question marks regarding credibility. The violent, ending scene is very
suspenseful and well- done.