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The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 27 November 1996 (USA)
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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27 November 1996 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$62,995, 1 December 1996, Limited Release

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$7,340,103, 21 February 1997
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Drew Barrymore auditioned for the part of Abigail Williams. See more »

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After John Proctor runs into the pond outside the church, his hair goes from being totally soaked in one shot to completely dry in the next. See more »

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Giles Corey: A fart on Thomas Putnam!
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Heartwrenching Drama
27 August 2003 | by 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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