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The Scarlet Letter (1995)

An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel), Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Hester Prynne
Gary Oldman ... Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Duvall ... Roger Chillingworth
Lisa Andoh Lisa Andoh ... Mituba (as Lisa Joliffe-Andoh)
Edward Hardwicke ... Gov. John Bellingham
Robert Prosky ... Horace Stonehall
Roy Dotrice ... Rev. Thomas Cheever
Joan Plowright ... Harriet Hibbons
Malcolm Storry ... Maj. Dunsmuir
James Bearden James Bearden ... Goodman Mortimer (as Jim Bearden)
Larissa Laskin ... Goody Mortimer
Amy Wright ... Goody Gotwick
George Aguilar ... Johnny Sassamon
Tim Woodward ... Brewster Stonehall
Joan Gregson ... Elizabeth Cheever
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Storyline

In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and Algonquian have an uneasy truce. Hester arrives from England, seeking independence. Awaiting her husband, she establishes independence, fixing up a house, befriending Quakers and other outsiders. Passion draws her to a young pastor. He feels the same; when they learn her husband has probably died at the hands of Indians, they consummate their love. A child is born, and on the day Hester is publicly humiliated and made to wear a scarlet letter, her husband appears after a year with Indians. Calling himself Chillingworth, he seeks revenge, searching out Hester's lover and stirring fears of witchcraft. Will his murderous plot succeed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

When intimacy is forbidden and passion is a sin, love is the most defiant crime of all.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La letra escarlata See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,400,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Elmer Bernstein reportedly wrote a letter to Demi Moore thanking her for rejecting his music score for the film, so that he could use it to score a better film. Moore was involved in getting John Barry to write the final score, because she wanted a score like the one he did for the romantic, and very successful Out of Africa (1985). See more »

Goofs

Nicholas Rice is credited as playing the clerk, but the role was actually played by someone else. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: I wonder if existance as a woman is worthwhile at all.
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Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
(Based on Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings")
Performed by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers
(Adm. by G. Schirmen Inc. (ASCAP))
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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Just Horrible
12 February 2007 | by skydvr38See all my reviews

If this movie were original it would be only fair to mediocre, but claiming its based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel is insulting. I hear the ads for this movie say its based 'freely and liberally' on the book. Well, this is an insult to the book. Is Demi Moore so illiterrate she comments (see trivia section) that it was okay to change the ending of the book from sad to happy because not many people read the book? Unbelievable. The Scarlett 'A' imagery has been permanently etched in American culture. Take classic literature and try shoving it through the Hollywood formula mill and this movie is the result, a faceless, emotionless and forgettable movie. Try sayign that about the book


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