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Wim Wenders (writer)
Tankred Dorst (scenario Der Herr klagt über sein Volk in der Wildnis Amerika)
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Release Date:
January 1977 (USA) See more »
In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Senta Berger ... Hester Prynne
Hans Christian Blech ... Roger Chillingworth

Lou Castel ... Rev. Dimmesdale
Yelena Samarina ... Mistress Hibbins, the daughter of Gov. Bellingham
Yella Rottländer ... Pearl
William Layton ... Gov. Bellingham
Alfredo Mayo ... Gov. Fuller
Ángel Álvarez ... Rev. Wilson
Laura Currie ... Sarah
Tito García ... Church Attendant
Lorenzo Robledo ... Captain
Rafael Albaicín ... Indian
José Villasante ... Shop Owner
Rüdiger Vogler ... The Sailor
José Vivó
Julián del Monte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Cintado
Eduardo Fajardo
Antonio Orengo

Directed by
Wim Wenders 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tankred Dorst  scenario Der Herr klagt über sein Volk in der Wildnis Amerika
Ursula Ehler  scenario Der Herr klagt über sein Volk in der Wildnis Amerika
Bernardo Fernández  writer
Nathaniel Hawthorne  novel "The Scarlet Letter"
Wim Wenders  writer

Produced by
Volker Canaris .... producer
Peter Schamoni .... line producer
Joachim von Mengershausen .... producer
Original Music by
Jürgen Knieper 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Production Design by
Adolfo Cofiño 
Manfred Luetz 
Costume Design by
Carmen Marín 
Makeup Department
Ingrid Thier .... hair stylist
Ingrid Thier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Genée .... production manager
Primitivo Álvaro .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernardo Fernández .... assistant director
Sound Department
Christian Schubert .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Schäfer .... assistant camera
Martin Schäfer .... still photographer
Heide M. Weis .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Barbara von Weitershausen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Luis de Pablo .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Astrid Graue .... continuity
Pablo Martínez .... production assistant
Thomas Schamoni .... technique

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Also Known As:
"Der scharlachrote Buchstabe" - West Germany (original title)
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90 min | Spain:78 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Referenced in Easy A (2010)See more »


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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing meeting of two great artists, 21 January 2000
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Wenders has made some extraordinary films, but this is not one of them. Low budget, poor acting, and a terrible score render this film a total failure; the subtle intermixture of fantasy and reality that is so characteristic a trait of Hawthorne's novel is wholly lacking in Wenders' adaptation which comes dangerously close to unintended parody at times.

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