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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Residents of Durham, North Carolina may recognize several landmarks in the film.
Duke University Chapel, where the Salvaging/Particicution was filmed.
The streets near Brightleaf Square and West Village, where roadblocks and checkpoints were built.
The American Tobacco Campus, where the Handmaids first met Aunt Lydia. Observant viewers may notice the Lucky Strike Chimney in the background. See more
When Serena Joy shows Kate the photograph of Kate's daughter, the two are sitting on a sofa. After Serena hands Kate the photo, she takes a cigarette out of a pack and picks up a lighter. In the next shot, she's smoking the cigarette even though we have never seen her actually light it. See more
You are the lucky ones. You are going to serve God and country. I pronounce you handmaids.
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Johnny Come Home
Written by David Steele
and Roland Gift
Performed by Fine Young Cannibals
Published by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.
Courtesy of MCA Records/I.R.S. Records
Licensed by FFR Records Ltd Trading as London Records ©1985 See more