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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.

Director:

Nicholas Hytner

Writers:

Arthur Miller (play), Arthur Miller (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Taglines:

Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las brujas de Salem See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,995, 1 December 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,340,103, 21 February 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Day-Lewis didn't bathe or shower from the time filming began to when it wrapped, in order to stay in character. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John Proctor: Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretenses ripped away. God's icy wind will blow.
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Connections

Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Winona Ryder (2002) See more »

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The Yanvalou Chant
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It is a Masterpiece
14 May 2004 | by Julius8988See all my reviews

It's good to see a movie with Arthur Miller like script maker (Based on his novel) and screenplayer of this excellent movie.

For me this is a PERFECT creation, that it is incredibly performed by Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis. An absolute MASTERPIECE based on the Miller's experiences with Senator Joseph MCcarthy and his "hunt". TOTALLY recommendable. For me...... A Masterpiece.


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