The Handmaid's Tale

Synopsis: Set in a Fascistic future America, The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of Kate, a handmaid. In this America, the religious right has taken over and gone hog-wild. Kate is a criminal, guilty of the crime of trying to escape from the US, and is sentenced to become a Handmaid. The job of a Handmaid is to bear the children of the man to whom she is assigned. After ruthless group training by Aunt Lydia 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Volker Schlöndorff
Production: HBO Video
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

no future, they refused.

Refused to bear children!

They wouldn't even try!

They were lazy women!

They were sluts.

There is more than

one kind of freedom.

In the days of anarchy,

it was "freedom to".

Now, you're being given

"freedom from."

Don't underrate it.

[ Footsteps ]

[ Screaming ]

[ Sobbing ]


I hate to punish her,

but she abused herself...

and your body is

a temple of purity.

So let that be

a lesson to you.

We know men can't help it,

but we're different.

We have self control.


[ Indistinct shouting ]

Remember, you're not her equal.

You're a Handmaid.

That is your role in life.

Do you understand?


She could do you

a lot of harm.

Well, if you are chosen,

it will be a great honor.

[ Water running ]

[ Whistling ]

I must stress

that another incident...

of the previous nature

will not be tolerated.

But I think you'll find

this young woman satisfactory.

You may come in now.

[ Leaves rustling,

water spritzing ]

Come in.

Sit down.

[ Spritzing continues ]

Is this your first placement?

Yes, it is.

Well, here's how it works.

I see as little

of you as possible.


But if I get trouble...

I give trouble back.

Is that clear?

Yes, ma'am.

I've read your file.

I know you're not stupid.

Do you want this job?

- Yes, ma'am.

- Don't call me "ma'am".

You're not a Martha.

You will sleep here,

in your own room...

but if the Commander goes

to the front or to the capital...

you will go back to sleep

at the Red Center.

Now, I want to ask you

one question.

Answer from your heart.

Do you want a baby?

Do you really want one?

It won't work if you

don't want one.

Do you really want

to have a baby?

Yes, I do.

We could help each other.

We could.

[ Clapping ]

Sit down.

Everybody sit, girls.

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Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter (; 10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning British playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which he adapted for the screen. His screenplay adaptations of others' works include The Servant (1963), The Go-Between (1971), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), The Trial (1993), and Sleuth (2007). He also directed or acted in radio, stage, television, and film productions of his own and others' works. Pinter was born and raised in Hackney, east London, and educated at Hackney Downs School. He was a sprinter and a keen cricket player, acting in school plays and writing poetry. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but did not complete the course. He was fined for refusing National service as a conscientious objector. Subsequently, he continued training at the Central School of Speech and Drama and worked in repertory theatre in Ireland and England. In 1956 he married actress Vivien Merchant and had a son, Daniel, born in 1958. He left Merchant in 1975 and married author Lady Antonia Fraser in 1980. Pinter's career as a playwright began with a production of The Room in 1957. His second play, The Birthday Party, closed after eight performances, but was enthusiastically reviewed by critic Harold Hobson. His early works were described by critics as "comedy of menace". Later plays such as No Man's Land (1975) and Betrayal (1978) became known as "memory plays". He appeared as an actor in productions of his own work on radio and film. He also undertook a number of roles in works by other writers. He directed nearly 50 productions for stage, theatre and screen. Pinter received over 50 awards, prizes, and other honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005 and the French Légion d'honneur in 2007. Despite frail health after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2001, Pinter continued to act on stage and screen, last performing the title role of Samuel Beckett's one-act monologue Krapp's Last Tape, for the 50th anniversary season of the Royal Court Theatre, in October 2006. He died from liver cancer on 24 December 2008. more…

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