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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 29 episodes, 2017-2019
Max Minghella ...  Nick Blaine 27 episodes, 2017-2019
Amanda Brugel ...  Rita 24 episodes, 2017-2019
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
Madeline Brewer ...  Janine 16 episodes, 2017-2018
O-T Fagbenle ...  Luke Bankole 15 episodes, 2017-2018
Nina Kiri ...  Alma 14 episodes, 2017-2018
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Storyline

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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Know the lies behind their laws. (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 »

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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

As explained in both the source novel and the show, the secreted motto that Offred finds ("Nolite te bastardes carborundorum") is a mock-Latin phrase that was once a common joke among children who studied Latin; the novel's author Margaret Atwood first heard it as a wisecrack in her childhood Latin classes. A May 2017 article in "Vanity Fair" explained that the phrase, which dates from the late 19th or early 20th century and is supposed to mean "don't let the bastards grind you down," contains only a few words that are actually Latin. Regardless of its dubious grammatical or historical origins, though, its presence in the novel as a source of hope for Offred has (in the three decades since the novel's publication) in turn caused it to become an inspirational and beloved motto for some of the novel's readers. In an interview in "Time Magazine", Atwood remarked on how "weird" it is that "this thing from my childhood is permanently [tattooed] on people's bodies." See more »

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

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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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It has been said already, but I must agree: A MUST WATCH
29 April 2017 | by MoreWalkLessTalkSee all my reviews

I've never written a review in my life. After seeing this and then looking for more information about it, I came across IMDb and instead of finding intelligent reviews from intelligent people, I find a few that scream of ignorance.

It is pretty easy to understand why.

As the 20th century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more enlightened, civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down of society began to occur. How did this happen? Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest and in which the weakest or not-so-intelligent were culled, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Evolution began not to reward intelligence, but to coddle and save the weakest. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left "Intelligent Man and Woman" to become an endangered species. One need not look far within these comments to see that in effect. It's not that hate which is shown in some of these reviews that is killing the world. I think that up to a certain point all of us possess some level of hate. It is not having the mental acuity or aptitude to recognize it within ourselves, and to not let ourselves be led by it. Some of these so-called reviews are downright scary when you stop to think that is the actual mentality of the person who wrote them. One guy decrying interracial couples and gays to the point of not watching a television program that has them. A woman who says this could not happen and in the next paragraph goes on to detail how it could happen, only not as Christianity. Who cares what it is called, if you admit it could happen?

As for this series itself, it is relevant. For now. In this time. More than ever.

Beyond that, it is beautifully filmed and acted.

Do not fall for the negative reviews of those fanatics and zealots who are purposefully trying to bring down the ratings and who are so lost they cannot even practice the very laws of a god they are trying to defend.

This series is a masterpiece.


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