The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

DVD - 2017
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In the not-so-distant future, strong-willed and beautiful Kate possesses a precious commodity that most women have lost and most men want to control: fertility. Forced into a brain-washing boot camp that turns fertile women into surrogate mothers for social-elite men and their infertile wives, Kate thinks she's made out well when she's assigned to an eminent party leader. But when she learns that he's sterile, she's faced with an impossible choice: produce him an heir or die.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Shout! Factory,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 11, 2021

VERY GOOD 1990 film adaption of Margaret Atwood book. It is an interesting glimpse into a possible future and the possibilities emerging from female and male fertility/infertility.

Mar 12, 2020



A well concocted movie adaptation of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" with renown actors and an excellent story line!



Nov 11, 2019

I saw this film during its initial theatrical run early in 1990. Just watched it for the first time since then, and overwhelmed by sad astonishment that the subject is even more relevant in 2019 than it was nearly 30 years ago. The movie nails right-wing tribalist hypocrisy, particularly in Robert Duvall's characterization of the Commander. In tone and pacing, everything works. Well acted by most of the principals, although Victoria Tennant wasn't quite up to the demands of playing a villain. She isn't bad, just doesn't ring altogether true. The scene where Elizabeth McGovern tortures and humiliates Tennant -- wow! Faye Dunaway is wonderful as the ironically named Serena Joy. I wish that the filmmakers had given her a scene toward the end of the film wherein she realizes exactly how much her character has lost. Alas, there isn't one. And Natasha Richardson in the leading role... I took her for granted then. The movie now plays like a testament to just how fierce and fine she was.

Aug 22, 2019

good movie, moves a lot faster than the TV series

Jul 10, 2019

As long as Men can make Laws that only Punish Women. Women will always be slaves.

I'm watching this becoming a true reality. Which frankly terrifies me; and the suffering and tragedies that are already happening even now while I'm typing this comment.
I just wish our Congress would just remember, and enforce the fact that it's ;
We the People. Not we the Men.

Jan 25, 2019

An old ridiculous story, but the movie gets it over quickly. I also watched the TV version that drags on for over 250 minutes and concentrates on the sex aspect. A good movie for Trump haters who love the idea that this could actually happen. Humans are just too smart to go back to medieval ideas about religion and women, especially in the US where women are now the most influential people in Congress. But great story for people who like science fiction with no basis in reality.

Nov 30, 2018

Quite interesting. Still, I'm really looking forward to watching the TV series on video.

I think I'll get more out of it.

Nov 11, 2018

The movie begins after humans have polluted their environment. The political leaders treat the problem of human sterility as a problem inside women. Slowly we find out that women know that men are sterile, too. Women and men try to rebel, but the future is uncertain.
M. Atwood shows us how the people in power blame and hurt everyone else . The powerful don’t look at themselves and the feelings of their fellow humans.

Mar 01, 2018

absolutely dumb and stupid
and so stupid and naive plot ...
I understand that this movie should be likely attack on right-wing religious values - but was so primitive and unacceptable, that actually was boring to watch
big disappointed as I borrow that movie only because was recommended "once banned in Canada"
the absolutely banned as worthless piece of sh...

ok - I've read /watch many different kind of "warnings about future" starting from 1984 , then a New Brave world, now is also Algerian vision of the religious totalitarianism 2084 -that one is definitely the worse contains only some childish fears and concerns without even understanding how religion and enslavement works
for Margaret Atwood religion looks like stupid piece to enslave people, so she should never write a work about something she quite didn't understand
and of course - religion is and can be dangerous - but she doesn't understand it

Feb 10, 2018

The book is better.

I didn't dislike this movie--it was pretty good, and pretty well done. However, it left me annoyed.

Aside from the obvious limitations of film to capture the depth and detail of a book, I think what urked me with this adaptation is that I didn't leave it feeling empowered. The book is, of course, very dark and does not provide a traditional happy ending for the reader. However, there was a sense of all the ways that women were resisting--using their power to fight the terrible environment they found themselves within. There is some of this in the movie, but ultimately, a man saves the day. Grr.

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