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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 & 24 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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)


£2,282,422 (UK) (4 April 1997)

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The original Broadway production of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller opened at the Martin Beck Theater on January 22, 1953, ran for 197 performances and won the 1953 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »


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Terrific cast
4 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Raymond Rouleau French version of the fifties featuring Simone Signoret and Yves Montand as the Proctors seems to have vanished in the air.It's never on French TV and it's not available on tape or DVD either.In the fifties this could not be filmed in the USA ,because it was a highly topical issue,hence the Rouleau version which was first a stage production.

Actually,this masterwork is so strong that it can't be connected only with MCCarthyism.Its scope reaches far beyond.It's a plea for tolerance,freedom of thinking and dignity of the human being wherever and whenever they may be endangered.An excellent cast does the play justice.Daniel Day-Lewis gives a powerful performance (I say God is dead!)that few of his peers can equal.Wynona Ryder is efficient in her ambiguous part.Joan Allen gives a subdued but moving interpretation.Paul Scoffield personifies the inhuman law with authority.Bruce Davison ("Willard"'s hero ,1971).

All in all, a magnificent show ,thanks to all concerned.

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