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The Hand (1981) 1981

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3.7 out of 5 stars (51) IMDb 5.4/10

A successful cartoonist loses his hand in a car wreck, and the handeventually comes back on a murderous rampage.

Starring:
Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Oliver Stone
Starring Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci
Supporting actors Annie McEnroe, Bruce McGill, Viveca Lindfors, Rosemary Murphy, Mara Hobel, Pat Corley, Nicholas Hormann, Ed Marshall, Charles Fleischer, John Stinson, Richard Altman, Sparky Watt, Tracey Walter, Brian Kenneth Hume, Lora Pearson, Oliver Stone, Jack Evans, Scott Evans
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By the gunner VINE VOICE on February 6, 2008
Format: DVD
The Hand DVD

It features a riveting performance by Michael Caine, a cartoonist, who, after losing his drawing hand in an auto accident caused by his wife who is "separating from him", spirals down into a psychological abyss from which he cannot escape. Oliver Stone's screenplay and direction is well-paced and crisp. The ending is unforeseen and shocking.

Highly recommended for fans of Michael Caine and psycho thrillers

Gunner February, 2008
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Perhaps, Oliver Stone's "The Hand" is a bit unfairly criticized when you analyze this movie's merits. This movie is one of the most misunderstood horror movies I have ever observed. Don't get me wrong: this movie is not a classic, but it is better than people give it credit for.

In "The Hand", Michael Caine stars as gifted cartoonist named John Lansdale who is having marital problems. To make matters much worse, Landsdale loses his hand in a fantastic and bloody automobile accident. John must come to terms not only with losing his hand but also his talent as an artist. He is about to lose his cartoonist contract and his cartoon character named "Mandrowe" to someone else that he despises.

With his marriage on the rocks and other emotional problems, Lansdale starts to lose it...he imagines his enemies being killed even an old drunk which turns out to be played by Oliver Stone himself. The interesting and fascinating thing about this movie which most people do not "get" is the dual possibilities of the murders that subsequently take place after Lansdale loses his hand.

In each instance when someone is murdered, Lansdale either blacks out and/or imagines this "hand" murdering people...he dreams about "The Hand" and fears "The Hand". The rhetorical question then becomes whether Lansdale is killing these people himself and "the hand" is his angry alternate personality that he implements in the unconscious mind to carry out these murders OR there really is a "hand" running around murdering, possessed by Lansdale's dark and raging unconscious evil mind.

The intelligent audience is left with the former assumption.
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Okay if you like to find the little gems that are really good and yet nobody has heard about them then try this Oliver Stone/Michael Caine movie on for size because it is really very good.
It is a crime that this is not on DVD yet but hopefully that problem will be resolved by the time you read this review. The premise is a simple one. Michael Caine is an cartoon artist who, in a very brutal traffic accident, looses his hand, which eventually means that he looses his career, life, respect and family in the process.
Then murders start occurring in his home town and there is a sneaky suspicion that his hand may be involved. The movie is quite frightening in parts and does have the ability to make you jump... but laugh after. Although this is one of Oliver Stone's early works, and there is a learning curve involved for the director, it still stands streaks and bounds ahead of most other horror films of its generation.
The final plot twist should blow your mind. The gravity of it did not dawn on me until the final reel. This was a real surprise ending that ranks up there with the Usual Suspects and some other movies that come to mind. The twist is very good but alas some viewers might work that out before the final revelation comes about.
In my opinion this is a little cult gem of a movie that deserves to be watched especially if you like to dig up old forgotten movies that are much better than what the critics have to say. This is one of those.
Good intelligent horror. Stone should be proud of it.
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Enjoyed this movie very much. Background music is riveting. The hand is the silly part of the movie but the acting is great. Caines wife is perfect as the adulterous vixen who really leads Caine down the scary path he takes. I now own 4 movies starring Michael Caine and have to say he can out act any of the Harrison Fords or Brad Pitts of the world. His role here reminds me of his starring role in Deathtrap, a true psycopath
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This is a classic horror flick with a twist. It has Micheal Caine in it and he does a great job with other know actors. This film was made in the early 80's but it is done well. It is a thriller that will get you in the end, I'm glad I purchased it. If you like classic horror you will love this hit.
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Based upon Brandel's "The Lizard's Tail", this Stone film features a great performance by the usually obstinate Michael Caine, and the scene where he gets his hand torn off is sensationally bloody! The film lifts and lulls in spots, but I didn't find it boring it all, as a piece of film history it is an interesting view. Stone was obviously having fun here, and the film is in turn fun to watch.
The audio commentary is great--Stone starts having feelings when he suddenly remembers shooting the nude scene with Annie McEnroe which is funny--and he is very informative about the making of the film and the Brandel book. C+
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