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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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In the original novel by Margaret Atwood, the main character is known only by her patronymic, "Offred" (or "of Fred," since she "belongs" to a Commander named Fred). Her real name is never revealed, though many readers believe it may be June, based on various subtle hints in the text (in a 2017 article for the "New York Times Book Review", Atwood says about the interpretation that Offred's real name was June, "that was not my original thought, but it fits, so readers are welcome to it if they wish".) However, the filmmakers chose Kate as her pre-Gileadean name, and state it clearly. See more »

Goofs

The clock chimes 10 as Offred enters the Commander's office for the last time, but the clock seen on the wall behind her in the next few shots shows several minutes past 10 and in a close-up has gone back a few minutes. See more »

Quotes

Luke: I'll distract them. Run!
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Referenced in The Staircase (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tongue Dance
Written by Les Rita Mitsouko
Performed by Les Rita Mitsouko
Published by Additions Virgin Musique
Courtesy of Virgin France SA
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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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