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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

In a dystopicly polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

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Cast

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Ofglen
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Zoey Wilson ...
Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...
Aunt Elizabeth
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Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
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Karma Ibsen Riley ...
Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ...
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Storyline

Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander. Kate is attracted to Nick, the Commander's chauffeur. At the same time, a resistance movement begins to challenge the regime. Written by Reid Gagle

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Branded: Sold: Controlled See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,960,385
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Faye Dunaway originally quit the role of Serena Joy, the Commander's wife, believing her character to be too weak, but a phone call from the source book's author, Margaret Atwood, changed her mind. See more »

Goofs

A man is giving a speech denouncing women. He lists one of their sins as "test-tube babies" (on the soundtrack), but his mouth is clearly saying something else. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: You are the lucky ones. You are going to serve God and country. I pronounce you handmaids.
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Soundtracks

Old Hundredth (Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow)
Written by Louis Bourgeois
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This film is not about adoption...
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

To whomever it is that wrote the comment that this is an excellent film portraying an alternative form of adoption, you've totally missed the boat. This film is about class warfare and sexual slavery. It is about the degradation of humanity and the rich over the hungry and weak. If this is one of your favorite films, you like it for all the wrong reasons.


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