MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 122 this week

The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

 -  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 4,784 users  
Reviews: 52 user | 22 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...

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 04 Aug 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 24 Jan 2012
 
GG
a list of 23 titles
created 23 Sep 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 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... 

Payback I (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Stars: Eric Schlosser, Margaret Atwood, Conrad Black
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
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
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
A Free Woman (1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Maria Brunner, Wolfgang Bächler, Ute Ellin
Der Unhold (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Frenchman Abel Tiffauges likes children, and wants to protect them against the grown-ups. Falsely suspected as child molester, he's recruited as a soldier in the 2nd World War, but very ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: John Malkovich, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Gottfried John
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
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschstein
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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".

Surfacing (1981)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A young girl and her friends set off on an expedition into the wilderness in order to find her missing father.

Director: Claude Jutra
Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Kathleen Beller, R.H. Thomson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Margarethe von Trotta, Peter Ehrlich, Senta Berger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: Mario Adorf, Justus von Dohnányi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Kate / Offred
...
Serena Joy
...
Nick
...
Moira
...
...
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:

Branded: Sold: Controlled 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

The hymns were sung by The Meredith College Chorale, and their lyrics were altered to match the dystopian theme of the film. Those featured include...

~Old Hundredth~

"Oh God, from whom all blessings flow. Hear us, your daughters, here below. Make us the vessels of the seed. Of those who come to us in need.

Remove our anger, cleanse our will. And leave us empty, to be filled.

Make us worthy to be filled."

~Shall We Gather at the River?~

"As we wander by the river. Cursed by sterility. Thanks, we give now, to the giver. Bless us with fertility.

Bless us. Bless us. Bless us. Bless us with fertility." See more »

Goofs

As the limousine bringing the handmaid to the general's residence drives up to the checkpoint, there are no flags on the car (at around 1 min). When the car drives away from the checkpoint, there are flags on both sides of the car's hood. See more »

Quotes

Serena Joy: [to Kate] I want to see as little of you as possible. If I get trouble, I give trouble right back.
See more »


Soundtracks

Crazy
Written by Willie Nelson
Published by Tree Publishing Co, Inc.
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Colour coded and disturbing dictatorship
13 April 1999 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Although this film can't come close to the sheer power of the book it's based on, it's still a moving and disturbing portrayal of an America gone wrong. The world of grass and concrete contrasts with the blue, red and black of the people inhabiting it, making the characters stand out in stark relief from each other.

This film draws you in, and is marred only by a slight over-Hollywoodisation in places, but is still chilling in its treatment of an American dictatorship, based around gender segregation, and rife with slogans and the odd masonic symbol. However, slight criticism aside, this is well directed and written, and the cast are all perfect in their roles, particularly Natasha Richardson, a usually underused actress, but here bringing life to the oppressed Offred


4 of 6 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:
?