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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kate / Offred
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Serena Joy
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Nick
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Moira
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Aunt Lydia
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Commander
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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 ...
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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Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

Box Office

Gross:

$4,960,385 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Faye Dunaway originally quit the role of the Commander's wife, believing her too weak, but a phone call from Margaret Atwood changed her mind. 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

Aunt Lydia: You are the lucky ones. You are going to serve God and country. I pronounce you handmaids.
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: The Handmaiden's Tale (2007) See more »

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Save A Soul In Every Town
Written by Henry Priestman
Published by 10 Music Ltd.
Performed by The Christians
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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


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