The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
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Following a coup, America is a country still at war with itself and ruled by a repressive Bible-inspired regime. Past pollution means only 1% of women can bear children, and anyone committing a crime and found to be a potential mother is put into an institution run by 'Aunt Lydia' to be indoctrinated ready for this. One such is Kate, who then goes on to Fred, a high-up in the security forces, to attempt to procreate. Fred's wife Serena is jealous and vicious, and the State's grip seems to be tightening. But Kate still has her own mind, and is finding that some other people are prepared to resist.
A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong.
Title: Handmaid's Tale, The
Release Date: March 07, 1990
Runtime: 109 mins
All Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, German
Country: USA, Germany
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: R
Natasha Richardson ...Kate / Offred
Faye Dunaway ...Serena Joy
Aidan Quinn ...Nick
Elizabeth McGovern ...Moira
Victoria Tennant ...Aunt Lydia
Robert Duvall ...Commander
Blanche Baker ...Ofglen
Traci Lind ...Janine / Ofwarren
Zoey Wilson ...Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby ...Aunt Elizabeth
Reiner Schone ...Luke (as Rainer Schoene)
Lucia Hartpeng ...Cora
Karma Ibsen Riley ...Aunt Sara
Lucile McIntyre ...Rita
Gary Bullock ...Officer on Bus
Allison Holmes ...June
J. Michael Hunter ...Preacher
Robert D. Raiford ...Dick (as Robert Raiford)
Mirjam Bohnet ...Alma
Julian Bell ...TV Announcer #1 (as Julian E. Bell)
David Barnes ...Guard
James A. Carleo III ...Angel at Desk
Jim Grimshaw ...Eye in Van
Ivan H. Migel ...Eye
Doris Boggs ...Aunt
Annemarie Fenske ...Aunt Christina
Linda Pierce ...Wife #2
Nina Lynn Blanton ...Wife #3
Rhesa Reagan Stone ...Mrs. Warren
Sara Seidman ...Handmaid
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"Little Girl Blue"
"The Most Beautful Girl In The World"
"Johnny Come Home"
More Movie Taglines:
- A haunting tale of sexuality in a country gone wrong.
- See it...while it's still allowed
- Branded: Sold: Controlled
- Moira: I like girls.
Aunt Lydia: You are the lucky ones. You are going to serve God and country. I pronounce you handmaids.
Aunt Lydia: Oh God, make me fruitful.
Preacher: We pledge allegiance to the Bible. The Old Testament shall be our sole and only Constitution.
Kate: [very quietly mouthing] What's your name? Moira: Moira. What's yours? Kate: Kate.
- Cameo: [David Dukes] a doctor
The lead role of Kate was offered to Jodie Foster and Sigourney Weaver.
The name "Particicution" is a play on the name "Participaction", a government corporation founded by Pierre Trudeau in 1972 in an attempt to get Canadians into fitness. The corporation lasted until 2000 in Margaret Atwood's homeland of Canada.
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 terribly 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.
In the original source novel, the main character is known only by her patronymic, "Offred" (or "of Fred," since she "belongs" to a Commander named Fred); her real name is never revealed, though many readers believe it may be June, based on various subtle hints in the text. However, the filmmakers chose Kate as her pre-Gileadean name, and choose to state it clearly.
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