The Hand (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  24 April 1981 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Lansdale
Mara Hobel ...
Pat Corley ...
Ed Marshall ...
John Stinson ...
Richard Altman ...


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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24 April 1981 (USA)  »

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La mano  »

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CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The name of the famous comic-strip that Jon Lansdale (Michael Caine) wrote and designed was "Mandro", a name similar to the real life one called "Mandrake". The "Mandro" character in the strip is a character somewhat like Prince Valiant and Conan The Barbarian. Oliver Stone later co-wrote Conan the Barbarian (1982). See more »


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 »


Anne Lansdale: You mean you actually opened my mail and read this letter?
Jonathan Lansdale: Oh yes, my dearest darling spirit! Sounds like a pile of shit if you ask me.
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References All That Jazz (1979) See more »


Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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It's the ending that makes this movie.
20 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie soon after it came out and the special effects were not bad for the time period that it came out despite what people say. Remember, Star Wars had only been out a few years by this time. As far as the movie goes, Caine does quite well with his part and the plot is believable in the way Freddie Kruger is believable. If you've seen many "creature" movies, then this one could seem to be predictable and thus lose some of it's "boo" effect. Wait until the end and watch closely. If you've seen this movie you should know what I mean, if not then pay close attention. After seeing that final scene you suddenly realize that maybe all wasn't as it seemed. Go back through this movie and keep in mind that last scene. Suddenly the whole movie transcends the Freddie Kruger believable and becomes in fact quite plausible. It's like watching Star Wars Episode 4 after just watching Episode 3, it all takes on new meaning!

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