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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

In a dystopicly polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kate
... Serena Joy
... Nick
... Moira
... Aunt Lydia
... Commander
... Ofglen
... Ofwarren / Janine
Zoey Wilson ... Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ... Aunt Elizabeth
... Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
... Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ... Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ... Rita
... Officer on Bus
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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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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia  »

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$4,960,385
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie rights to the film's source novel were sold by its author Margaret Atwood to Producer Daniel Wilson in 1986. 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

Moira: I like girls.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #7.4 (1994) See more »

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Bereavement
Written by Otto Sieben
Published by Sonoton/Associated Production Music
Courtesy of Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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unconvincing dystopian fable
25 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

There's nothing subtle about this screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's cautionary fable, but the premise is nothing if not provocative: in a repressive fundamentalist dictatorship (called Gilead, but ostensibly America in the near future) the few remaining fertile women are forced to bear children, in effect becoming sexual servants to the (male) powers-that-be. Gilead may be colored red, white and blue, but there's more than a passing resemblance to Orwell's Oceana; even the act of conception is reduced to a ritual, with the euphemism 'ceremony' doubling for intercourse. A talented cast does its best with Harold Pinter's typically inscrutable screenplay, but under Volker Schlondorff's dispassionate direction the film never achieves a convincing level of oppression or paranoia. Worse, it lacks a story to match its scenario; the handmaid Offred's redemption is achieved only with the help of another man, which seems to deflate the feminist slant. The final result is nowhere near a successful movie, but never less than a fascinating failure.


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