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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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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.


Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Bruxas de Salém  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$7,340,103 (USA) (21 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The open casting call for this movie was held at the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Danvers Massachusetts, where the movie Session 9 was filmed, the auditions were held in the auditorium of the abandoned hospital which is prominently featured in Session 9. See more »


When Abigail Williams meets with John Proctor behind a house, the house's siding has modern round-headed nails instead of cut nails used at that time. See more »


Mary Warren: Witchin's a hangin' error in Salem, like they done in Boston two year ago!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.113 (2010) See more »


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What is truth?
4 March 1999 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

Thanks to the director who let Arthur Miller do the screenplay- so the movie is a honest rendition of the great play. Daniel Day Lewis is very good- and the movie is true to the original. Winona Rider also does well- but Joan Allen is excellent. This is a true classic of American Theater and since we can't always get to a live performance the movie is a good substitute... recommend every student of am. lit see it and anyone who wants to delve into the deceit of the human spirit... nothing is new people are still jealous and still vindictive and Miller writes of these two traits so well. The whole cast does a credible job

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