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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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(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast

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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A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong. See more »


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Release Date:

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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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 »

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

Kate: [very quietly mouthing] What's your name?
Moira: Moira. What's yours?
Kate: Kate.
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Version of The Handmaid's Tale (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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.
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great book but why did the creators decide to ruin this film?
26 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have just one point to make about this film, and that is why on earth did the director decided to name Offred kate. In the book, which I hope to god the producers etc actually read, there is no mention of the name kate what so ever, the only name that we could possibly guess would be June which is supplied to us in the first chapter but even then we never learn her real name. And this is of great significant importance, the fact that we as readers or viewers never learn her name means something and to simply choose a name out of a hat is destroying a piece of the character created for us by Margaret Attwood. Also reading the plot outline makes me wonder whether whoever wrote that even saw the film, especially where it says "Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid." when really "KATE" becomes a handmaid as her husband was married once before and their marriage never really existed in the eyes of the law. Also i read on to see that "After ruthless group training by Serena Joy in the proper way to behave, Kate is assigned as Handmaid to the Commander." Well that is not at all true as anyone who has seen this film will notice that Serena Joy is the commanders wife and not one of the Aunts and the Red Centre. Please in the future get your facts right and also thanks to director Volker Schlöndorff for ruining a perfectly enjoyable book. My advice stick to the book and not the watered down version for the small minded.


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