American Playhouse: Season 4, Episode 18

Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I (27 May 1985)

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This is a true story based on transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah (Vanessa Redgrave) and her two sisters are put on trial for suspicion of witchcraft... See full synopsis »

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This is a true story based on transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah (Vanessa Redgrave) and her two sisters are put on trial for suspicion of witchcraft... See full synopsis »

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Could be better, could be worse
26 October 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Apart from Vanessa Redgrave, this was probably one of the most irritating movies I have ever been forced to sit through. We studied the Salem witch trials in my Humanities classes. They are interesting, but this movie is pretty annoying. The child actors look like rejects from bad Nickelodeon shows. They don't appear to know what they're doing for most of their scenes. However, my main problem is with the background score. It is just plain awful. The excruciatingly melodramatic music is unintentionally hilarious. They also put the music in at random parts of the story. For example, at a potentially suspenseful part, like when someone is about to be hanged or when the innocent Rebecca Nurse is standing trial, or when a man has just been crushed by stones, there is complete silence. However, when such a riveting, emotionally powerful event, like the cutting down of a tree by some unidentified man, occurs there is this awful harpsichord music with drums going off. It is incredibly distracting. Other than that, the movie was somewhat interesting with good performances by a couple of the actors.


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