The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Movie Review Summary

Actors: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Julianne Moore, John de Lancie

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Gynecologist Victor Mott (de Lancie) commits suicide after he is accused of sexually molesting five of his patients. As a result of the tragedy, his wife has a miscarriage. Out for revenge, Mrs. Mott (De Mornay) decides to go after the first woman who made the allegation against her husband, a woman named Claire Bartel (Sciorra). Claire has just given birth to her first baby and is looking for a nanny. Changing her name to Peyton Flanders, De Mornay's character applies for the job. Claire and her husband Michael (McCoy) are impressed by Peyton's credentials and her apparent caring nature and hire her immediately. Peyton moves in with the family and bit by bit starts to wreak havoc in the lives of the Bartels. She flirts with Michael and breast feeds the baby, much to Claire's chagrin. The situation turns deadly one afternoon when Claire's friend Marlene Craven (Moore) comes over to the house but finds no one home but Peyton. Marlene has had her suspicions about Peyton from the start. The two get into a disagreement in the greenhouse and it is here that Peyton kills the other woman. Claire is stunned to discover her best friend dead and believes Peyton had something to do with it although Michael refuses to accept that idea, he instead passes it off as a crazy notion. Claire decides to do some investigating on her own...
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   hunted by killer/stalker Criminal enemy is...    -   crazed boy/girlfriend/family member

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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