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The Hand (1981)

A comic book artist loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Ferguson
Karen Wagner
Mara Hobel ...
Pat Corley ...
Bill Richamn
Ed Marshall ...
David Maddow
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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It has no brain, but it can think. It has no soul, but it can live forever. It strikes without warning. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La mano  »

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Box Office


CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,736, 26 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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The production shoot for this film ran for fifty days. 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 »


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

This is one of the most terrific movie of M Caïne. The music & noises are excellent. The cast is perfect, secondary actors and rednecks are really ugly. The story is a variation on the theme of the lizard tail. See this movie if you find it !

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