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The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

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

Director:

Volker Schlöndorff (as Volker Schlondorff)

Writers:

Margaret Atwood (novel), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Richardson ... Kate
Faye Dunaway ... Serena Joy
Aidan Quinn ... Nick
Elizabeth McGovern ... Moira
Victoria Tennant ... Aunt Lydia
Robert Duvall ... Commander
Blanche Baker ... Ofglen
Traci Lind ... Ofwarren / Janine
Zoey Wilson Zoey Wilson ... Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby Kathryn Doby ... Aunt Elizabeth
Reiner Schöne ... Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
Lucia Hartpeng ... Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley Karma Ibsen Riley ... Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre Lucile McIntyre ... Rita
Gary Bullock ... Officer on Bus
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Storyline

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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Branded: Sold: Controlled See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História da Aia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,960,385
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, the story takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, predominantly in Harvard Square, on the Harvard campus, and in the general area. Harvard Square is a very busy place, however, and it would have been almost impossible to clear the Square for the scenes in question. In addition, Harvard University has a "no filming" policy that prohibits any filming from taking place on their campus. North Carolina substituted. See more »

Goofs

Time of day as Moira breaks out of the Red Center and passes the guards. See more »

Quotes

Moira: [to Aunt Lydia as she and Kate tie her up in the bathroom] If you're lucky they'll find you before Christmas. Remember I didn't kill you.
[taps Aunt Lydia's blindfold]
Moira: I like your panties.
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Soundtracks

Bereavement
Written by Otto Sieben
Published by Sonoton/Associated Production Music
Courtesy of Sonoton/Associated Production Music
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Absolutely engaging.. weird.. couldn't turn it off.
29 May 2001 | by s.wrightSee all my reviews

Such a completely alien world, I was shocked and intrigued and disgusted and weirded out and engaged all at the same time. Very odd, but really great quality for the era (89).

I couldn't bring myself to even make a cup of tea for fear of missing something, so I guess it kept me on edge and really interested the whole time. Opening sequences grabbed me, made me instantly curious, and Aidan Quinn's name, well, that had me anyway.

Recommend that people watch this, especially if they appreciate slightly odd, artistic films.. as this is, but on a large scale.

Weird. Loved it.


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