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The Crucible (1996)

 -  Drama | History  -  27 November 1996 (USA)
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A Salem woman accuses her ex-lover's wife of witchcraft.

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The movie is centered around the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. He also wrote the screen play adaptation. Written by <dfmarean@Cove.com>

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Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial.

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Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of the Salem witch trials | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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ITL 436,864,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)

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£2,282,422 (UK) (4 April 1997)
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Kenneth Branagh was originally slated to direct. See more »

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John Proctor uses the scythe incorrectly. A scythe is drawn right to left in an arc parallel to the ground. The stroke requires neither great physical strength or blade speed. However, Proctor, with much effort, uses a golf-like motion which rips what grass the blade makes contact with and arcs way over his head. The scythe is never lifted in either the draw or the return. See more »

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Judge Danforth: If you do not give me his name, I will have you arrested for contempt of court.
Giles Corey: This is a hearing. You cannot arrest me for contempt of a hearing.
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excellent adaptation for the screen
20 April 2003 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews



There is nothing I like better than a good play for the stage, even when it is on screen. This is the second time I have been able to see this worthy conversion of Arthur Miller's classic play adapted to the screen. Nicholas Hytner certainly earnt his wages; and all the cast should have received a good pay-rise. Convincing scene-setting in Massachussets at the end of the 17th Century with heavy wood-framed farm buildings and typical North European immigrant peasants' clothing, all beautifully filmed. Arthur Miller himself collaborated on the script, allowing certain poetic licence in modernising some of the speech forms, which, in the original play – written around 1952-1953 – reflected speech patterns of the times.

I blow the dust off my 1973 Penguin copy of the play, and can follow some of the scenes almost verbatim. Thus the effect is dramaturgical rather than cinematographic, a little like Branaghan doing his versions of Shakespeare. A pleasing result indeed. Highly recommended for conoisseurs of fine acting in the classic sense. Neither of the two leading actors – Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder – will let you down.

The Salem Witches have been the cause of a few forays by writers, historians and so on: really the whole affair seems to typicalize people's appetites for forming psychosis-like manias, often on the grounds of nothing very concrete. I mean to say, the devil exists in the minds of those who invent it; the same cause as the `reds under the beds' phobia of the 1960s and 1970s, today transformed into `Islam Terror' around every corner. The clothing is different, but the mentality producing the phobias is not.

`The Crucible' in this excellent adaptation make this poignantly clear. My vote is slightly higher than the present IMDb average.


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