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Salem Witch Trials (2002)

A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tituba Indian
Lizzy Porter
Sir William Phips
Colin Fox ...
Camille Wainwright ...
Sarah Hawthorne
David Hemblen ...
Susan Coyne ...


A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials.

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The charges were false. The terror was real.


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Release Date:

3 March 2003 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A salemi boszorkányper  »

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(2 episodes) | (DVD edition)

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1.78 : 1
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In reality, Governor Phips was only 41 at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. The film depicts him as obviously much older. See more »


Sarah Good: That is not a Puritan prayer!
Rebecca Nurse: No, it is a prayer of my own.
Sarah Good: That is blasphemy! God will strike you down!
Rebecca Nurse: No, child. 'Tis people who punish, not God.
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Referenced in Chasing Life: Model Behavior (2015) See more »

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Entertaining and contains some historical truth...
9 March 2003 | by (Florence, Kentucky, USA) – See all my reviews

Although this version has a few serious historical flaws, "Salem Witch Trials" is a relatively entertaining story. I agree that Part I was slow but I chalked that up to historical/cultural background that made Part II more believable. Two things that bothered me: (a) the trials appeared to be judged by two men from beginning to end when, in reality, a panel of several men was sent to try the accused, and (b) the scene of Rebecca Nurse in prison asserting New Age philosophy seemed out of character for this pious Puritan woman. Still, the overall story was accurate and believable.

I found this version to be more historically accurate (if less entertaining) than "The Crucible," simply because "The Crucible" relied on the premise of an affair between two major characters that most likely did not happen. (In reality, she was only eleven while he was in his sixties.)

Another thing that bothered me in both versions was the absence of Tituba's husband, John Indian. He played a relatively major role in the original trials.

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