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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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Gov. John Bellingham
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Horace Stonehall
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Rev. Thomas Cheever
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Goodman Mortimer (as Jim Bearden)
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Johnny Sassamon
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Brewster 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)  »

Also Known As:

La letra escarlata  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Three original scores were written for this film. The ones by Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein were rejected. The one used was by John Barry. See more »

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Nicholas Rice is credited as playing the clerk, but the role was actually played by someone else. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: I have dreamed of speaking my heart, I have prayed for it even as I have dreaded it. Was I alive before I laid eyes on thee?
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Agnus Dei
(Based on Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings")
Performed by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers
(Adm. by G. Schirmen Inc. (ASCAP))
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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While Not Well Received, This Is Quite Well Done
8 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

I must inform you that that Roland Joffé has utterly bastardized Nathaniel Hawthorne's work with this film, but I find I must review the film as a film, rather than an adaptation due to the strength of the film itself in comparison to the original literary work. As an adaptation, it is a sexed-up, stylized-down piece of detritus. But as a film...

This work stands alone, as it will not bear up under scrutiny when compared against Hawthorne, but aside from that, this "based on" work is a fabulous dramatization of Hawthorne's story. I have to say the performances are marvelous, the story is captivating, and the emotion of the portrayals is wrenching.

I highly enjoyed this bastardization, and rate it at a 7.6/10 from...

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