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The Hand (1981)

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

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Marc Brandel (novel), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Doctor (as Ed Marshall)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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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:

CAD6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,736, 26 April 1981

Gross USA:

$2,447,576

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,447,576
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver Stone: As a bum. 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

Anne Lansdale: You mean you actually opened my mail and read this letter?
Jonathan Lansdale: Oh yes, my dearest darling spirit! Sounds like a pile of shit if you ask me.
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Soundtracks

Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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It's the ending that makes this movie.
20 September 2006 | by jamnarSee all my reviews

I remember watching this movie soon after it came out and the special effects were not bad for the time period that it came out despite what people say. Remember, Star Wars had only been out a few years by this time. As far as the movie goes, Caine does quite well with his part and the plot is believable in the way Freddie Kruger is believable. If you've seen many "creature" movies, then this one could seem to be predictable and thus lose some of it's "boo" effect. Wait until the end and watch closely. If you've seen this movie you should know what I mean, if not then pay close attention. After seeing that final scene you suddenly realize that maybe all wasn't as it seemed. Go back through this movie and keep in mind that last scene. Suddenly the whole movie transcends the Freddie Kruger believable and becomes in fact quite plausible. It's like watching Star Wars Episode 4 after just watching Episode 3, it all takes on new meaning!


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