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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  9 March 1990 (USA)
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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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Kate / Offred
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Serena Joy
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Moira
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Ofglen
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Janine / Ofwarren
Zoey Wilson ...
Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...
Aunt Elizabeth
Reiner Schöne ...
Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
Lucia Hartpeng ...
Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ...
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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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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

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$4,960,385 (USA)
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While working on the film, Duvall became so fascinated with evangelism that it inspired him to write "The Apostle". See more »

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The photo of Natasha's daughter that she is holding. See more »

Quotes

Moira: I like girls.
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Shall We Gather At The River
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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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