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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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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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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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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  »

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Gross:

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

The address of Commander Fred's House is "1810". The full address of the actual location is 1810 Cedar Street in Durham North Carolina; more famously known as the Michael Peterson murder house. Faye Dunaway and Natasha Richardson descend the real staircase of the crime scene at 54:33 in the film. See more »

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

Quotes

Moira: [to Aunt Lydia as she and Kate tie her up in the bathroom] If you're lucky they'll find you before Christmas. Remember I didn't kill you.
[taps Aunt Lydia's blindfold]
Moira: I like your panties.
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Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)
Written by Jimmie Hodges
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Published by Duchess Music Corporation
Rights administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA, Inc.
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Not a bad movie, kind of slow at times though
15 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie, based on Margaret Atwood's story, concerns a woman living in the not too distant future in the Republic of Gilead, a country that was once the United States. The country is now run by fundamentalist Christians who have demoted all women to a second class citizenship. Nuclear war has made most women infertile, so the government has forced all the fertile women to serve as handmaids and bear children for the leaders and their infertile wives as part of a biblical prophecy. The infertile women are sent off to toil as slaves and clean up nuclear waste. This movie concerns one handmaid, Offred (Kate) and her struggle to escape Gilead, find her daughter, and flee to Canada. Not a bad movie at all, all the actors do very well. The material just runs very slow at points, and the character's aren't all that well developed.


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