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
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Did You Know?
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
The amount of yarn held by Offred for Major's wife. See more
In the days of evil and anarchy you had freedom to, now you are granted freedom from. Don't underrate it.
Written by Otto Sieben
Published by Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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