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The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 27 November 1996 (USA)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

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A small group of teen girls in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts caught in an innocent conjuring of love potions to catch young men are forced to tell lies that Satan had invaded them and forced them to participate in the rites and are then forced to name those involved. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. Arthur Miller wrote the events and the subsequent trials where those who demanded their innocence were executed, those who would not name names were incarcerated and tortured, and those who admitted their guilt were immediately freed as a parable of the Congressional Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950's America. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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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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$62,995 (USA) (29 November 1996)

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$7,340,103 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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Though based on historical events, Arthur Miller altered some events to more strongly parallel his own experience during the McCarthy era. In particular, Abigail Williams was only 12. Miller made her older so that she could have had a sexual relationship with John Proctor. This paralleled Miller's own adulterous relationship with Marilyn Monroe. 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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Reverend Parris: For having committed the crime of witchcraft, Rebecca Nurse, George Jacobs, Mary Easty, John Willard, Martha Corey, Elizabeth Howe, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Mary Sibber, Hannah Bellows, Bridget Bishop and Sarah Osbourne are from this church with all its blessings and every hope of heaven hereby excommunicate.
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Heartwrenching Drama
27 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arthur Miller is one of my favorite playwrights. Being a drama major, I read a lot of Miller. THE CRUCIBLE is by far my favorite. It has been for the last six years. This film version is great, not only the acting by some principles, but the sets, costumes, script, and (maybe I'm weird) music. Winona Ryder is exceptional as Abigail, who starts the whole witchcraft thing. Daniel Day Lewis is too subtle and quiet as John Proctor. Judge Danforth is boring in the film. Joan Allen is wonderful. She plays the long suffering wife Elizabeth Proctor and she is just as saintly as the character is supposed to be. The final scene with John and Elizabeth Proctor makes me cry every time when Elizabeth confesses to John that..."...it was a cold house I kept. Forgive me John. Forgive me.".

***1/2 out of 4


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