The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” is a psychological thriller film released in 1992, directed by Curtis Hanson. The movie stars Annabella Sciorra as Claire Bartel and Rebecca De Mornay as Peyton Flanders.

The story follows Claire Bartel, a happily married woman who becomes pregnant with her second child. However, her life takes a dark turn when she hires Peyton Flanders as a live-in nanny to care for her young daughter.

Unbeknownst to Claire, Peyton is seeking revenge for a tragedy that she believes Claire’s husband, Michael (played by Matt McCoy), caused in her own life. Under the guise of being a caring and devoted nanny, Peyton begins to manipulate and terrorize Claire, intent on destroying her family and taking everything she holds dear.

As the tension and danger escalate, Claire becomes increasingly suspicious of Peyton’s intentions and must confront the truth about her nanny before it’s too late.

“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” is known for its suspenseful and intense storytelling, as well as the powerful performances of Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay. The film explores themes of betrayal, maternal instincts, and the darker aspects of human nature.

The movie received generally positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, becoming a notable entry in the thriller genre of the early 1990s.

“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a gripping and chilling psychological thriller that explores the sinister side of human relationships and the lengths some individuals will go to seek revenge and destroy the lives of others. It remains a compelling and suspenseful film that continues to captivate audiences with its disturbing portrayal of trust, manipulation, and maternal instincts.

Additional Details


  • Annabella Sciorra: Claire Bartel
  • Rebecca De Mornay: Mrs. Mott
  • Matt McCoy: Michael Bartel
  • Ernie Hudson: Solomon
  • Julianne Moore: Marlene Craven
  • Madeline Zima: Emma Bartel
  • John de Lancie: Dr. Victor Mott
  • Kevin Skousen: Marty Craven


  • Director: Curtis Hanson
  • Producer: David Madden
  • Writer: Amanda Silver
  • Music: Graeme Revell and James Horner

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