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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast

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Kate / Offred
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Serena Joy
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Nick
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Moira
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Aunt Lydia
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Commander
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Ofglen
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Janine / Ofwarren
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Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...
Aunt Elizabeth
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Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
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Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ...
Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ...
Rita
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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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Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

Box Office

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$4,960,385 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Academic Reingard M. Nishick has written that casting of the lead central female role was difficult until Natasha Richardson was cast after Sigourney Weaver withdrew from the film due to pregnancy: "[Director Volker] Schlondorff is reported to have approached almost every American actress to take over the part of Offred . . . yet every one of them declined". See more »

Goofs

The amount of yarn held by Offred for Major's wife. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: In the days of evil and anarchy you had freedom to, now you are granted freedom from. Don't underrate it.
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: The Handmaiden's Tale (2007) See more »

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Bereavement
Written by Otto Sieben
Published by Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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This film is not about adoption...
21 July 2003 | by (West University Place) – 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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