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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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Kate / Offred
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Nick
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Ofglen
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Janine / Ofwarren
Zoey Wilson ...
Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...
Aunt Elizabeth
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Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
Lucia Hartpeng ...
Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ...
Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ...
Rita
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Officer on Bus
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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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A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about five years after its source novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood had been first published in 1985. See more »

Goofs

In separate washroom stalls, Kate and Moira shake hands above the wall. We see Moira's hand go up, but when camera looks from Kate's side, her eyes look up before Moira's hand appears above the wall. See more »

Quotes

Moira: [to Aunt Lydia as she and Kate tie her up in the bathroom] If you're lucky they'll find you before Christmas. Remember I didn't kill you.
[taps Aunt Lydia's blindfold]
Moira: I like your panties.
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Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #7.4 (1994) See more »

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 (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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