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The Crucible (1996)

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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 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.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Thompson was originally slated to play the part later taken by Joan Allen. See more »

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As John Proctor holds his confession note, the condition of the paper changes between shots from being almost completely crumpled within his hand to mostly exposed and barely wrinkled to mostly exposed but extremely wrinkled. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Herrick: [Martha's laughing at the girls after some dramatic testimony which culminated in them fainting] How dare you mock them, Martha Corey?
Martha Corey: What else are fools good for?
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Impressing and well-done
9 October 1999 | by danielll_rsSee all my reviews

"The Crucible" is slow, but it doesn't make the film bad. It is a very impressing, beautiful, well-acted and well-done film.

The story of passion, lies, madness, witchcraft and tragedy kept my attention. The adaptation of Arthur Miller's play is superb.

Joan Allen deserved her nomination for the Oscar as best supporting actress and Daniel Day-Lewis should have been nominated.

A must see.

Rating: 9/10


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