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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
  • R
  • 1h 50m
  • 1992
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Get ready for edge-of-your-seat suspense with one of the most exciting and talked-about thrillers! Annabella Sciorra (Jungle Fever) stars as Claire Bartel, a busy wife, mother and career woman whose family is placed in grave jeopardy when she hires Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay - Risky Business), a seemingly perfect nanny with a chilling secret agenda. By the time Claire discovers Peyton's deadly plan for revenge, it may already be too late to save herself and her family. From the absorbing opening to the unforgettable climax, this critically acclaimed winner delivers a sensational mix of thrills, chills, and surprises!
© 1992 Cinergi Productions Inc. and Cinergi Productions N.V. All Rights Reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Disturbing thriller about a babysitter; cursing, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a tense drama with thriller elements best for mature teens and up who can handle a depiction of sexual molestation by a doctor, a traumatic miscarriage, and a couple of violent deaths that show blood. Best for mature teens, it's a good opportunity to talk to them about how to be comfortable and safe during physical exams, and what to do if you're not. A suicide is implied by an offscreen gunshot. Strong language is rare but includes a few variations of "f--k." There's verbal hostility, and "retard" is used in name calling. An adult violently twists a child's arm and threatens him, which is seen as "cool" and justified because the child is a bully. Breasts are briefly visible in a medical exam; otherwise sexual content is a few kisses. The Bartel family are all good role models, but overall messages are through negative examples about being careful whom to trust. A secondary character is usually shown smoking.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:January 10, 1992
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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