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Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I 

This is a true story based on transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah (Vanessa Redgrave) and her two sisters are put on trial for suspicion of witchcraft. While her sisters are burned ... See full synopsis »

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Philip Leacock

Writer:

Victor Pisano
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Episode credited cast:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Sarah Cloyce
Kim Hunter ... Mary Easty
Will Lyman ... Rev. Parris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buffy Baldauf Buffy Baldauf ... Mercy Lewis
Les Barden Les Barden ... Ipswich Jailer
Hamilton Benz Hamilton Benz ... Israel Portor
Barbara Blossom Barbara Blossom ... Lydia
Judy Braha Judy Braha ... Elizabeth Parris
Stacey Caplin Stacey Caplin ... Bette Parris
Christopher Childs Christopher Childs ... Rev. Noyes
Jim Chiros Jim Chiros ... Jailer / Guard
Mara Clark Mara Clark ... 1st Matron
Bijou Clinger Bijou Clinger ... Sarah Good
Bob Colonna Bob Colonna ... Judge Corwin
Shay Duffin ... Judge Hathorne
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This is a true story based on transcripts of the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah (Vanessa Redgrave) and her two sisters are put on trial for suspicion of witchcraft. While her sisters are burned at the stake, Sarah is sentanced to a prison term to be served in a box barely large enough for her to lie down in. When she is released, her family name is cleared and all she is given for all she has suffered are three gold sovereigns- coin of the realm at the time.

Abby Williams, the preacher's niece, starts getting into fourtune telling and such illegal activities, as taught to her by the slave Tituba. Other local girls get into it, and then start acting strange. Abby and the girls eventually start to name local people as 'witches' and blame their sicknesses on witchcraft. Hundreds are accused and sent to jail, though there are many who doubt the truth of the accusations. Among these are three sisters, Mary, Rebecca, and Sarah. All are kept in jail for quite some time, until Mary and Rebecca are ...

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1985 (USA) See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Patrick McGoohan took over the role of the Chief Magistrate at short notice, to replace 'Mason, James' who died shortly before shooting was scheduled to begin. See more »

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Featured in Divine Magic (1995) See more »

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Great Movie
20 October 2003 | by ncsredsoxfanSee all my reviews

This is a great tool for teaching. I saw it in school,while we were learning about the Salem witches. Although some things needed explaining(Hey! We are only 8th graders!) the movie over all was awesome. I highly suggest it for teachers to use as a teaching tool


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