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The Handmaid's Tale 

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Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

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Series cast summary:
Elisabeth Moss ...  June Osborne 23 episodes, 2017-2018
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 21 episodes, 2017-2018
Yvonne Strahovski ...  Serena Joy Waterford 20 episodes, 2017-2018
Joseph Fiennes ...  Fred Waterford 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Ann Dowd ...  Aunt Lydia 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine 16 episodes, 2017-2018
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 14 episodes, 2017-2018
Alexis Bledel ...  Emily 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Samira Wiley ...  Moira 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Bahia Watson ...  Brianna 11 episodes, 2017-2018
Jenessa Grant ...  Dolores 10 episodes, 2017-2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story. Written by grantss

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Love is forbidden here. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Official | Official Hungarian website | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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The Handmaid's Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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MGM Television See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

During a November 2017 interview on the Alabama Public Television program "Bookmark with Don Noble," Margaret Atwood explained the significance of one aspect of the show's set decoration: "Written words are the big forbidden sexy no-no thing in this culture [Gilead]. It may interest you to know that in the [television] series, all of the paintings in the Commander's house are from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. And the signatures on them are the only things you can read in that house, apart from what's in [the] library. So I said to the people running the show, 'Did you borrow them from the museum?' And they said, 'No, we got this nice man in China to do them for us at 20 bucks a pop' . . . It shows that these people are like other totalitarians in that they loot things, and the people at the top get to have them." See more »

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Although all guards (security personnel) have earphones, there's always a radio chatter audible. See more »

Quotes

Moira: Hey, that shit is contagious. You want to see your baby girl again? Then you need to keep your fucking shit together.
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"The Handmaid's Snail"
31 May 2018 | by mzand-751-539572See all my reviews

"The Handmaid's Tale" is the TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel of a right wing religious takeover of the USA that subjugates women. While beautifully produced, the two biggest problems of the series are the tortuously slow pace and the painfully boring performance of Elizabeth Moss in the leading role. Being one of the show's executive producers may account for her casting but she's five to eight years too old for the role which is about a woman being exploited for her fertility. The other major problem is that "The Handmaid's Tale" was a masterpiece of understatement and brevity. In trying to drag the story out over multiple seasons, the producers have been forced to go off on uninteresting tangents that did not exist in the book and slooow the pace of show down to an aggravating crawl. Do we really need to see endless scenes of Offred (Moss) climbing the stairs going into her room, slowly taking of her garb, all the while alternating between her three default expressions, dazed and angry, dazed and stricken and dazed and confused? Relieved by brief sequences of action where the story actually moves forward, insert the above in almost every other scene and that's the gist of the show.

If you're a fan of the book, the only way to watch this show is on fast forward. A better title for this series would have been "The Handmaid's Snail."


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