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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Julianne Moore, Ernie Hudson, Madeline Zima, John de Lancie, Kevin Skousen
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Solomon tells Claire and her husband Michael Bartel, "The Better Day Society helps place the mentally disabled with employment." (0:05)

Dr. Victor Mott tells Claire, "... I want to make sure all my new patients have a full exam on their first visit." (0:08)

Dr. Mott picks up his revolver and, off camera, apparently shoots himself. (0:13)

Newspaper, referring to Mott: "Apparent victim of self-inflicted gunshot wound" (0:13)

An attorney tells Mrs. Mott, "The suicide provision is quite clear..."
Mrs. Mott faints. (0:13)

One nurse tells another, referring to Mrs. Mott, "She’s been so depressed she won’t talk." (0:15)

Television reporter: "... Dr. Mott was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound." (0:15)

Mrs. Mott, now calling herself Peyton Flanders, tells Claire, "A few years ago... I lost the baby and my husband within a few days of each other." (0:20)

Claire’s daughter Emma tells Peyton, "Daddy is a mad scientist." (0:24)

Peyton physically abuses Emma's schoolmate Roth. (0:39)

Claire tells Michael, "That’s the last thing you need to worry about today." (0:39)

Claire tells Peyton, "When I was a little girl, my parents thought I was crazy." (0:40)

Peyton rages. (0:42)

Claire: "Michael, I’m worried about Joe." (0:45)

Peyton asks Solomon, "Are you a retard?"
”Don’t f... with me, retard.” (0:49)

Peyton tells Claire, referring to Peyton’s mother, "She died when I was very little." (0:57)

Claire discovers the lifeless body of her friend Marlene. (1:20)

Michael tells Claire, "I keep seeing Marlene’s face. I can’t believe she’s gone." (1:25)

Peyton tells Claire, "We were worried about you." (1:33)

Did Mrs. Mott's Machiavellian behavior arise in reaction to her losses, or did her personality contribute to her choice of Dr. Mott as a life partner, or both?