The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Natasha Richardson
Director: Volker Schlöndorff Cast: Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
, Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
, Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
Volker Schlöndorff




In this dystopian fable, a librarian wife and mother becomes the childbearing pawn of a Christian theocracy. In the near future, as war rages across the fictional North American Republic of Gilead and pollution has rendered 99 percent of the female population sterile, Kate (Natasha Richardson) sees her husband killed and her daughter kidnapped while trying to escape across the border. Kate herself is transformed into a handmaid -- a surrogate mother for one of the privileged but barren couples who run the country's fundamentalist regime. Although she resists being indoctrinated into the bizarre cult of the handmaids, which mixes Old Testament orthodoxy and misogynist cant with 12-step gospel and ritualized violence, Kate soon finds herself ensconced at the home of the Commander (Robert Duvall) and his frosty wife, Serena Joy (Faye Dunaway). Forced to lie between Serena Joy's legs and be penetrated impersonally each month by the Commander, Kate longs for her vanished earlier life; she soon learns that since many of the nation's powerful men are as sterile as their wives, she may have to risk the punishment for fornication -- death by hanging -- in order to sleep with another man who can provide her with the pregnancy that has become her sole raison d'être. When that other man turns out to be Nick (Aidan Quinn), the Commander's handsome, sympathetic driver, Kate grows attached to him -- and eventually pregnant with his child. Only the mysterious rebel affiliations of her fellow handmaid, Ofglen (Blanche Baker), seem to offer any chance of giving her unborn child a life of freedom -- or finding the daughter she already lost. Loosely adapted by Harold Pinter from the novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale also features Elizabeth McGovern in a small but pivotal role as Moira, a "gender traitor" who befriends Kate at the handmaids' reprogramming center.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2017
UPC: 0826663174816
Original Release: 1990
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1A
Time: 1:49:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natasha Richardson Kate
Robert Duvall Commander
Faye Dunaway Serena Joy
Aidan Quinn Nick
Elizabeth McGovern Moira
Victoria Tennant Aunt Lydia
Blanche Baker Ofglen
Traci Lind Janine
David Dukes Doctor
Zoey Wilson Aunt Helena
Kathryn Doby Aunt Elizabeth
Lucile Dew McIntyre Rita
Julian Bell TV Announcer
Gary Bullock Officer on bus
Ed Grady Old man
Jim Grimshaw Eye in van
J. Michael Hunter Preacher
James Martin Steve
Tom McGovern Guard #2
Janell McLeod Martha
Bill Owen TV Announcer
Robert Pentz Guard #1
Linda Pierce Another wife
Robert D. Raiford Dick
Reiner Schöne Luke
Muse Watson Guardian

Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director
Daniel Wilson Producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Igor Luther Cinematographer
Gregory Melton Art Director
Jan Pascale Set Decoration/Design
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
David Ray Editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Thomas A. Walsh Production Designer
Tom Walsh Production Designer
Danny Wilson Producer
Wolfgang Glattes Producer
Margaret Atwood Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Handmaid's Tale
1. Chapter 1 [8:14]
2. Chapter 2 [7:47]
3. Chapter 3 [10:09]
4. Chapter 4 [8:25]
5. Chapter 5 [8:34]
6. Chapter 6 [6:53]
7. Chapter 7 [12:18]
8. Chapter 8 [8:35]
9. Chapter 9 [7:32]
10. Chapter 10 [10:15]
11. Chapter 11 [6:07]
12. Chapter 12 [13:37]

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