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(1996)

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Daniel Day-Lewis met his wife Rebecca Miller, the daughter of Arthur Miller, while shooting the film.
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Daniel Day-Lewis didn't bathe or shower from the time filming began to when it wrapped, in order to stay in character.
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Daniel Day-Lewis built the house he lived in as John Proctor, because of his habit of maintaining his character through the entire duration of the filming.
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Though based on historical events, Arthur Miller altered some events to more strongly parallel his own experience during the McCarthy era. In particular, Abigail Williams was only 12. Miller made her older so that she could have had a sexual relationship with John Proctor. This paralleled Miller's own adulterous relationship with Marilyn Monroe.
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Playwright Arthur Miller got his inspiration for "The Crucible" during the Hollywood black-listings. It reminded him of the paranoia, the finger-pointing and the all around outrageousness that the Salem Witch Hunt had possessed. Miller himself was called before The House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956 to testify against his friends and, like his character John Proctor, refused to implicate them.
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Drew Barrymore auditioned for the part of Abigail Williams.
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This was Paul Scofield's final film before his death on March 19, 2008 at the age of 86.
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Kirsten Dunst auditioned for the role of Abigail Williams. She impressed everyone and was asked back to several callbacks and even did a screen test, but the producers and director ultimately decided that she was too young.
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Kate Winslet was considered for the role of Abigail Williams.
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The original Broadway production of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller opened at the Martin Beck Theater on January 22, 1953, ran for 197 performances and won the 1953 Tony Award for the Best Play.
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The film takes place from February to November 14, 1692.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar auditioned for the part of Mary Warren.
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Winona Ryder wore a wig for the film.
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The open casting call for this movie was held at the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Danvers Massachusetts, where the movie Session 9 was filmed, the auditions were held in the auditorium of the abandoned hospital which is prominently featured in Session 9.
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Emma Thompson was originally slated to play the part later taken by Joan Allen.
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Kenneth Branagh was originally slated to direct.
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Frances Conroy later starred in American Horror Story (2011), the plot line of which centered around the descendants of the women accused in the Salem witch trials.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt was considered for the role of Abigail Williams.
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During Melanie Lynskey's January 2015 interview with Marc Maron, she says that she auditioned for a role in The Crucible and went as far in the casting process as reading with Daniel Day-Lewis, but she didn't get the part. She didn't say which part she auditioned for, but she did specify that it was not the role of Abigail Williams (the part Winona Ryder eventually played).
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Abigail Williams was 17 years old at time of the Salem witch trials. Winona Ryder, the actress playing her, was 25, eight years older.
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Before they are hanged, Proctor and the other accused witches recite the Lord's Prayer. This is to prove they are not witches, as it was believed that nobody in league with the Devil could recite the prayer.
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