MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 926 this week

The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  9 March 1990 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 5,083 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 21 critic

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

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 12 Jan 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 15 Nov 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 06 Feb 2014
 
a list of 32 titles
created 15 Jul 2014
 
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

The Handmaid's Tale (1990) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Handmaid's Tale.

User Polls

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Free Woman (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A divorced woman in her thirties fights a losing battle in Munich to attain belated self-fulfillment. The die is cast in a briskly impersonal society geared to male dominance and early training for career women.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin
Strike (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland's Solidarity union.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra
Voyager (1991)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Walter Faber has survived a crash with an airplane. His next trip is by ship. On board this ship he meets the enchanting Sabeth and they have a passionate love affair. Together they travel ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa
Payback I (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An adaptation of Margaret Atwood's book examining the metaphor of indebtedness.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Stars: Eric Schlosser, Margaret Atwood, Conrad Black
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Laschen, a German journalist, travels to the city of Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians to produce an essay about the situation. Together with his photographer, he... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Hanna Schygulla, Jean Carmet
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Bibiana Beglau, Richard Kropf, Martin Wuttke
War and Peace (1982)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Stefan Aust, Axel Engstfeld, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Günther Kaufmann, Manfred Zapatka
The Ninth Day (2004)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A drama loosely based on Jean Bernard's Nazi-era prison diary.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Hilmar Thate
Calm at Sea (2011)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A teenager joins the resistance in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Léo-Paul Salmain, Marc Barbé, Ulrich Matthes
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The haunting story of two sisters and the secrets that bind them throughout several decades, both in life and death, as revealed through a cult novel titled "The Blind Assassin".

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ruth Halbfass has been married to the industrialist Erich Halbfass for sixteen years in a loveless marriage and they have a fourteen year-old teenage daughter, Aglaia. Ruth has a love ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Senta Berger, Peter Ehrlich, Helmut Griem
Ulzhan (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Somewhere in the endless steppes of Central Asia lies a treasure. One man holds the key to it, a fragment of an ancient map. But in his restless quest, Charles isn't looking for fame or ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Philippe Torreton, Ayanat Ksenbai, David Bennent
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kate / Offred
...
Serena Joy
...
Nick
...
Moira
...
Aunt Lydia
...
Commander
...
Ofglen
...
Janine / Ofwarren
Zoey Wilson ...
Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...
Aunt Elizabeth
Reiner Schöne ...
Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
Lucia Hartpeng ...
Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ...
Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ...
Rita
...
Officer on Bus
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

Box Office

Gross:

$4,960,385 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Bill Owen's final film before his death on July 12, 1999 at the age of 85. See more »

Goofs

When Aunt Lydia introduces herself to the prospective Handmaids, a slow-moving freight train is rolling through the background. This train disappears when she snaps her fingers. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: Oh God, make me fruitful.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
Written by Jimmie Hodges
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Published by Duchess Music Corporation
Rights administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA, Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Startling visual impact
21 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The handmaids in brilliant red, the wives in electric blue, the children in white--Margaret Atwood's neo-fascist state comes startingly alive in Schloendorff's film. The bright colors are oppressive in their uniformity, whether in the "ceremony"--Robert Duvall's passionless copulation with Natasha Richardson as she lies in the lap of his sterile wife, Faye Dunaway--or in the party to celebrate the birth of a handmaid's child, or the execution of another handmaid for fornication. There are several fine actors--Elizabeth McGovern and Aidan Quinn also play memorable, if brief, roles--but the cinematography steals the show here, giving this anti-Utopia the same oppressive tension as the original 1984 and far surpassing any version of Brave New World. It may be that Atwood's book, which I haven't read, adds layers of depth to the characters and plot, but Schloendorff's visualisation is a real enhancement to the tale. He creates the tension of a police state with only momentary intrusions of brutality or machinery. A strong film that will gain its following with time.


23 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Right Wing Fantasy? Give me a Break! donald-garon
Comparable movies BruceNyborg
The book- something I don't understand laurasalterego
I'm studying this in English!! allthatjazz97
Erotic???? johnny_crazy88
One of the best things about this movie... red_willow
Discuss The Handmaid's Tale (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?