Watch: The Handmaid’s Tale 1990 123movies, Full Movie Online – In a future dystopian land (formerly the United States of America), the story tells of Kate, a “handmaid”. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape and sentenced to become a Handmaid. Handmaids’ sole function is to bear the children of influential men whose wives (like most women) have been rendered infertile due to pollution. After rigorous group training by “Aunt” Lydia (“Aunts” train and discipline handmaids) 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..
Plot: In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
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Very disturbing and depressing
This is a nightmare vision of the future. It seems 1 out of every 100 women is fertile (for some reason). The ones who aren’t perform slave labor. The ones that are are “sold” off to rich families where they have sex with the husband to produce a baby. Kate (the late and missed Natasha Richardson) is one such servant to Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway) and her husband the Commander (Robert Duvall). Kate wants out–but it seems there’s no way.
The synopsis only scratches the surface of a VERY dark and disturbing movie. It slowly shows how women are treated and used and it just gets more horrifying as it unfolds. The parallels to Hitler’s Nazi Germany are fairly obvious but here we have barren women instead of Jews and gays. The good acting by everybody makes this hard to shake off. Aidan Quinn (as Nick) and Duvall are OK; Victoria Tennant is chilling as a leader of the camps; Elizabeth McGovern is just great as a fellow prisoner who befriends Kate; Dunaway is also very good in her role. Best of all is Richardson. This couldn’t have been an easy role but she pulls it off beautifully. She died at far too young an age. This is basically an unknown movie and it’s easy to see why–it’s far too dark and disturbing for a general audience. However the ending is (sort of) uplifting (and changed from the book). Grim, dark and depressing. View it at your own risk. The ceremony sequences are almost impossible to watch and shocked the hell out of me the first time I saw this.
Still horrible 30 years later…
Just a superficial treatment of Margaret Atwood’s novel that strays so far from the book’s storyline and with such a superficial shallow treatment as to make it virtually pointless. Wooden acting, horrible directing (i e. Women raking gravel and puttingg it back in bags? As if the director gave them rakes and shovels and said here do something. In good movies details matter, in this movie they don’t).
Atwood’s novel dealt less with the physical force (ie soldiers) and more with the rigid societal structure and its accompanying corruption and contradictions, and how those things, along with a gentle shove, led to its downfall. This movie has none of that and the similarly plotted Logan’s Run contains more depth than this sloppy piece of doo doo.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min), 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (USA)
Genre Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Writer Margaret Atwood, Harold Pinter
Actors Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn
Country United States, Germany
Awards 2 wins & 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (prints)
Film Length 1,960 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm