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
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Did You Know?
The repressive theocratic regime that has taken over the US in this movie (and its source novel) is called "The Republic of Gilead." Gilead is a place (or maybe several places) mentioned repeatedly in the Bible (first in Genesis 31:23), both as a geographic location and the source of a figurative or literal "balm" (curative or healing substance). Based on those constant Bible references, there is a well-known spiritual, "There is a Balm in Gilead," that is in the hymnals of many Christian denominations, and in the book The Handmaid's Tale
, Offred remembers the hymn and makes a joke about it. See more
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
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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Written by Willie Nelson
Published by Tree Publishing Co, Inc.
Performed by Patsy Cline
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