Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The (film) A seemingly sweet woman named Peyton becomes a live-in nanny for warmhearted Claire, but the nanny has actually ingratiated herself into the family in order to plot vengeance for her husband’s suicide, which she blames on Claire. Released on January 10, 1992. Directed by Curtis Hanson. A Hollywood Picture. 110 min. Stars Rebecca DeMornay (Peyton), Annabella Sciorra (Claire), Matt McCoy (Michael), Ernie Hudson (Solomon). The home used for the filming was found in Tacoma, Washington; other scenes were shot in the Seattle area. Released on video in 1992.