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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

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Director: Curtis Hanson Run Time: 110 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1992

Starring: Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore

Co-hosted by writer Jourdain Searles

Desperate for a nanny after her second child is born, Claire Bartel (Annabella Sciorra) is immediately impressed when Peyton Flanders (Rebecca De Mornay) shows up looking for a job. Peyton seems ideal: tuned in to Claire and the baby’s needs, without a family of her own and more mature than the other contenders. But when everything begins to unravel for the Bartels, Claire realizes that Peyton may have other motivations driving her.

A sharp domestic thriller with more cringe content per second than even the most lurid of 90s erotic-tinged fare, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is a terrorfest of motherhood anxieties and expert-level gaslighting.

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