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.
A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong.
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Did You Know?
Academic Reingard M. Nishick has written that casting of the lead central female role was difficult, until Natasha Richardson
was cast after Sigourney Weaver
withdrew from the film, due to pregnancy: "Director Volker Schlöndorff
is reported to have approached almost every American actress to take over the part of Offred, yet every one of them declined." See more
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
[very quietly mouthing
What's your name?
Moira. What's yours?
Version of The Handmaid's Tale
I Don't Know Enought About You
Written by Peggy Lee
and Dave Barbour
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Published by Duchess Music Corporation
Rights administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of MCA, Inc. See more