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The Hand (1981)

A comic book artist loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Marc Brandel (novel), Oliver Stone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Jonathan Lansdale
Andrea Marcovicci ... Anne Lansdale
Annie McEnroe ... Stella Roche
Bruce McGill ... Brian Ferguson
Viveca Lindfors ... Doctress
Rosemary Murphy ... Karen Wagner
Mara Hobel Mara Hobel ... Lizzie Lansdale
Pat Corley ... Sheriff
Nicholas Hormann ... Bill Richamn
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Doctor (as Ed Marshall)
Charles Fleischer ... David Maddow
John Stinson John Stinson ... Therapist
Richard Altman Richard Altman ... Hammond
Sparky Watt ... Sergeant
Tracey Walter ... Cop
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Storyline

Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

It has no brain, but it can think. It has no soul, but it can live forever. It strikes without warning. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mano See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$566,736, 26 April 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,447,576
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently, after this movie, Writer and Director Oliver Stone and Sir Michael Caine became good friends, though Caine has never appeared in any of Stone's movies since this one. See more »

Goofs

The Christmas carol "Deck The Halls" is heard on the soundtrack but the skipping record shown on the turntable is 'Fight Dirty' by the British pop band Charlie. See more »

Quotes

Anne Lansdale: You mean you actually opened my mail and read this letter?
Jonathan Lansdale: Oh yes, my dearest darling spirit! Sounds like a pile of shit if you ask me.
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Connections

Spoofed in Idle Hands (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Union City Blue
Performed by Blondie
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Liked the psychological demons of Michael Caine
20 July 2007 | by horacekohanimSee all my reviews

As a psychological thriller this actually works. In large part because of Michael Caine. As a B movie about a killer hand or a schizo cartoonist it features Olive Stone's tortured man, driven to ruin by a woman, whose lack of self-knowledge and unchecked rage propel him to violence. I kind of agree with another reviewer's disappointment at the ending not wrapping it up, but The Hand is enough of a thing that I feel neither way about the end. Stone's vitriol for women, a characterization many have stuck on throughout his career, is very apparent here. Caine as Johnathan Lansdale is comfortable in his beautiful country home, crafting a semi-popular syndicated cartoon. But his yogic wife Anne (Andrea Marcovicci) wants to do something with her life and demands a move to NYC. This ends up undoing him, but not before he struggles with having his writing/drawing hand severed. Without saying more, I'd recommend this for Caine's gradual unraveling, an engrossing trip into The Mind and even a good Oliver Stone cameo.


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