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The Handmaid’s Tale
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1990 • United States
Starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn
Adapted by Harold Pinter from the landmark novel by Margaret Atwood, the original screen adaptation of THE HANDMAID’S TALE takes place in an authoritarian future America where young, healthy women must serve the country by giving birth to babies for an increasingly infertile society determined to produce a more “pure” generation. When she is forced to become a childbearing “handmaiden” for the wealthy Commander (Robert Duvall) and his wife (Faye Dunaway), Offred (Natasha Richardson) launches a rebellion to reclaim her autonomy.