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The Hand (1981)

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and ... See full summary »

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Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Written by Rob Hartill

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It lives. It crawls. And suddenly, it kills. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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24 April 1981 (USA)  »

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La mano  »

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CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Oliver Stone once said of the many hands used for the movie: "We had a crawling hand, a walking hand, a strangling hand. Each did something entirely different. They were really quite exciting". See more »

Goofs

The Christmas carol "Deck The Halls" is heard on the soundtrack but the skipping record shown on the turntable is 'Fight Dirty' by the British pop band Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Stella: I'm kind of old-fashioned. I like to make it in bed, okay?
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Connections

Referenced in Scarface: The Rebirth (2003) See more »

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Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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Decent enough
14 October 2007 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

I don't know if I was in a rare forgiving frame of mind but The Hand actually worked for me.

It doesn't go very deep in the psychological department and just about every average viewer can spot the twist but then the end just throws everything out the window and leaves the audience shouting; What the ****!

But it's well acted, especially by Caine who completely earns viewer's sympathy. Writer/director Oliver Stone effortlessly builds up suspense and atmosphere and some scenes here do work really well. Technical aspects are surprisingly well handled and make up effects are gruesome and well done.

While The Hand won't go down as a cinematic masterpiece, it's a solid thriller nonetheless.


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