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The Scarlet Letter (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  13 October 1995 (USA)
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An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.

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Horace Stonehall
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Elizabeth Cheever
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In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and Algonquian have an uneasy truce. Hester arrives from England, seeking independence. Awaiting her husband, she establishes independence, fixing up a house, befriending Quakers and other outsiders. Passion draws her to a young pastor. He feels the same; when they learn her husband has probably died at the hands of Indians, they consummate their love. A child is born, and on the day Hester is publicly humiliated and made to wear a scarlet letter, her husband appears after a year with Indians. Calling himself Chillingworth, he seeks revenge, searching out Hester's lover and stirring fears of witchcraft. Will his murderous plot succeed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When intimacy is forbidden and passion is a sin, love is the most defiant crime of all.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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13 October 1995 (USA)  »

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La letra escarlata  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,400,000 (USA)
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Meg Ryan lobbied hard for the part of Hester Prynne. See more »

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Pearl: [voiceover] Who is to say what is a sin in God's eyes.
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Entertaining, sensuous and beautifully lensed film.
22 January 1999 | by (Newport, RI) – See all my reviews

I am an English major and have to say, yes, the book was better and this film is not equal but by itself as a "freely adapted" version it too has merit. It has a beautiful score by excellent film composer John Barry, superb acting by both Gary Oldman and Demi Moore (as a woman way ahead of her time) and even excellent supporting cast. It is beautifully filmed and on its own - is a rare romantic treat that would be great in a double feature with say "THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS" w/ Daniel Day Lewis. Oldman is terrific...his best role I believe. The only distraction....the always wonderful Robert Duvall as a madman...who starts to stray this film toward THE CRUCIBLE area of witchcraft.


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