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A comic book artist loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.

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Oliver Stone

Writers:

Marc Brandel (novel), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jonathan Lansdale
Andrea Marcovicci ... Anne Lansdale
Annie McEnroe ... Stella Roche
Bruce McGill ... Brian Ferguson
Viveca Lindfors ... Doctress
Rosemary Murphy ... Karen Wagner
Mara Hobel Mara Hobel ... Lizzie Lansdale
Pat Corley ... Sheriff
Nicholas Hormann ... Bill Richamn
Ed Marshall Ed Marshall ... Doctor
Charles Fleischer ... David Maddow
John Stinson John Stinson ... Therapist
Richard Altman Richard Altman ... Hammond
Sparky Watt ... Sergeant
Tracey Walter ... Cop
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Storyline

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Written by Rob Hartill

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It has no brain, but it can think. It has no soul, but it can live forever. It strikes without warning. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mano See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,736, 26 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,447,576
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures,Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Special Effects expert Carlo Rambaldi once said of this movie's make-up and special effects: "For King Kong (1976), I had to think big. His hand was about eight feet from wrist to fingertips. For The Hand (1981), I had to think small. All of the radio controls had to be built in the space of a normal wrist". See more »

Goofs

The Christmas carol "Deck The Halls" is heard on the soundtrack but the skipping record shown on the turntable is 'Fight Dirty' by the British pop band Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Stella: I'm kind of old-fashioned. I like to make it in bed, okay?
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Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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Not all THAT bad.
8 October 1999 | by WOZ inOZSee all my reviews

Oliver Stone and Michael Caine may well feel a little embarrassed by this tale of a cartoonist haunted by his own severed drawing hand, but despite it's ludicrous premise and rather rubbery effects from Stan Winston, the film isn't all THAT bad.

Michael Caine brings an amiable nonchalance to the E.C. horror comic style proceedings while portraying his character's ever growing bitterness perfectly. While the story provides little in surprises the film does work on more than one level, leaving the viewer wondering if what's going on, is all in mind of Caine's character or that it is indeed actually happening. And for a film like this that makes you think, or more fittingly, makes you stop thinking how all very silly this all is, is no mean feat.


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