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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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Nick
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Moira
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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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In the original source novel, the main character is known only by her patronymic, "Offred" (or "of Fred," since she "belongs" to a Commander named Fred); her real name is never revealed, though many readers believe it may be June, based on various subtle hints in the text. However, the filmmakers chose Kate as her pre-Gileadean name, and choose to state it clearly. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aunt Lydia: In the days of evil and anarchy you had freedom to, now you are granted freedom from. Don't underrate it.
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Save A Soul In Every Town
Written by Henry Priestman
Published by 10 Music Ltd.
Performed by The Christians
Courtesy of Island Records
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Absolutely engaging.. weird.. couldn't turn it off.
29 May 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Such a completely alien world, I was shocked and intrigued and disgusted and weirded out and engaged all at the same time. Very odd, but really great quality for the era (89).

I couldn't bring myself to even make a cup of tea for fear of missing something, so I guess it kept me on edge and really interested the whole time. Opening sequences grabbed me, made me instantly curious, and Aidan Quinn's name, well, that had me anyway.

Recommend that people watch this, especially if they appreciate slightly odd, artistic films.. as this is, but on a large scale.

Weird. Loved it.


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