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The Hand (1981)

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Plot Description

Release Date
 USA: Apr 24, 1981

Budget CAD 6,500,000

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Orion Pictures Corporation, Warner Bros. Pictures

Studio Orion, Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• The Hand
• Die Hand
• La Mano
• A Garra

• Handen
• Kuristava kauhu (1983)
• La Main du cauchemar

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Genre: Horror, Slasher, Suspense, Revenge, Psychodrama, Serial Killer, Mutants, Cult Classic, Murder, Supernatural, Marriage

Tagline: It lives. It crawls. And suddenly, it kills.

Plot: Although not the genre for which he's known, Oliver Stone has always had an affection for horror films and, on occasion, produced them. This early effort stars Michael Caine as talented but autocratic cartoonist Jonathan Lansdale. When his drawing hand is severed in a car accident, his career is destroyed, putting additional pressure on his already rocky marriage. Since he still retains the rights to his strip, his wife, Anne (Andrea Marcovicci), begs Lansdale to hire David (Charles Fleischer) to replace him, knowing it would help the couple financially. In his arrogance, he refuses, which further damages their relationship. Stressed by these events, Lansdale begins to have blackouts, during which damage is done to his property, but its source is a mystery. Suddenly, one by one, some of the many people Lansdale doesn't like start to disappear. Has the artist's unrecovered hand returned to carry out his wishes? Caine gives an excellent performance in his only known appearance in the vengeful hand

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 External Reviews
external linkEarly directorial effort by Oliver Stone is interesting to see only if you want to see Stone doing a standard genre picture, but otherwise it's just a mediocre time that plays okay but has minimal suspense, is a mite tedious and is loaded with lots of throat chokings but no thrills. 2/4

external link...the filmmakers don't know what they want to do with this movie. It might have worked as a character drama--the characters' motives are interesting enough--but there isn't much scary or, failing that, funny about The Hand's approach to its own idea. 2.5/5
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

 Directed by
Oliver Stone
Platoon, JFK, Any Given Sunday
 Written by
Oliver Stone
Scarface, Freeway, Year of the Dragon
Marc Brandell
Double Trouble, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Climax!
Michael Caine
Batman Begins, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Cider House Rules
Bruce McGill
Collateral, The Insider, The Sum of All Fears
Oliver Stone
Comandante, The Last Party, Persona Non Grata
Andrea Marcovicci
The Front, Jack the Bear, The Concorde: Airport '79
Annie McEnroe
Beetle Juice, S.F.W., True Stories
Viveca Lindfors
Stargate, The Sure Thing, Creepshow
Rosemary Murphy
To Kill a Mockingbird, Mighty Aphrodite, Message in a Bottle
 Music By
James Horner
Braveheart, Titanic, Aliens

external linkIt's genuine, legitimate schlock. Just not very good schlock. ... The flick has a low budget and it shows. There aren't any thrilling effects, but the acting is decent and the story, while slow, maintains enough tension and suspense to keep you watching worth catching.
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