The Handmaid's Tale Poster

Release Date: March 7th, 1990

DVD Release Date: December 11th, 2001

R|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
In a futuristic, theocratic and dystopian United States, Offred (Natasha Richardson) is forced to become a handmaid -- a sexual slave that serves as a surrogate for couples who desire children but who are unable to have them themselves. She works for the cold Serena (Faye Dunaway) and her cruel husband, the commander (Robert Duvall). Offred is in love with the commander's chauffeur Nick (Aidan Quinn) and must find a way to bear a child before she is shipped off to the wastelands.

Cast: Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant, Blanche Baker, Traci Lind

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Genres: Science fiction

Keywords: Dark, Wife, Sacrifice, Escape, House, Temptation, Friend, Melodramatic, Husband, Forbidden love