A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writers:

Arthur Miller (play), Arthur Miller (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... John Proctor
Winona Ryder ... Abigail Williams
Paul Scofield ... Judge Thomas Danforth
Joan Allen ... Elizabeth Proctor
Bruce Davison ... Reverend Parris
Rob Campbell ... Reverend Hale
Jeffrey Jones ... Thomas Putnam
Peter Vaughan ... Giles Corey
Karron Graves ... Mary Warren
Charlayne Woodard ... Tituba
Frances Conroy ... Ann Putnam
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Rebecca Nurse
George Gaynes ... Judge Samuel Sewall
Mary Pat Gleason ... Martha Corey
Robert Breuler ... Judge Hathorne
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Storyline

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.

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Drama | History

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

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder previously played a couple in The Age of Innocence (1993). See more »

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The word "pregnant" would not have been the choice of word in the 17th century for a woman with child. That would have been not an appropriate way to describe the condition. It is spoken twice. See more »

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Mary Warren: Witchin's a hangin' error in Salem, like they done in Boston two year ago!
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The Yanvalou Chant
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Terrific cast
4 November 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crucible See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,995, 1 December 1996

Gross USA:

$7,343,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,343,114
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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