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Salem Witch Trials (2002)

A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials.

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writer:

Maria Nation
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirstie Alley ... Ann Putnam
Henry Czerny ... Rev. Samuel Parris
Gloria Reuben ... Tituba Indian
Jay O. Sanders ... Thomas Putnam
Kristin Booth ... Lizzy Porter
Katie Boland ... Annie Putnam
Alan Bates ... Sir William Phips
Rebecca De Mornay ... Elizabeth Parris
Peter Ustinov ... William Stroughton
Shirley MacLaine ... Rebecca Nurse
Shannon Lawson ... Bridget Bishop
Colin Fox ... Israel Porter
Camille Wainwright Camille Wainwright ... Sarah Hawthorne
David Hemblen ... John Proctor
Susan Coyne Susan Coyne ... Sarah Good
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A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials.

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The charges were false. The terror was real.

Genres:

Drama | History

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2003 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A salemi boszorkányper See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 episodes) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

In reality, Governor Phips was only 41 at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. The film depicts him as obviously much older. See more »

Quotes

Midwife 1: [gasping] A witch's teat! The Devil suckles there!
Midwife 2: That's not a teat. It more resembles a mole.
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Referenced in Chasing Life: Model Behavior (2015) See more »

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OK.. Shirley Maclaine is a great actress...this movie confirms that.
24 November 2010 | by mipablitoSee all my reviews

First.... I can't believe this is a made for TV movie... seems too well acted, too many great actors, and set design/period too well done, for a "made for TV stamp" to be on this movie.

I never thought much about Shirley MacLaine.... just as a has-been sex symbol, and fluff actress (like early Natalie Wood). But when I saw this movie....WOW... she sheds all vanity and modesty, and delivers a powerful performance worthy of an (other??) Oscar. Piousness, Humbleness, sympathetic...all the qualities I thought this actress was not (didn't she do a Las Vegas show recently??)... she played all this, so movingly.

Peter Ustinov was at his best, too, playing a villain, yet showing his character as more complex, who feels sorrow at what he does, but still metes out his brand of misplaced judgment.

As high a drama as this was, I noted much of the movie as historically accurate enough, making this a great movie. On par with "Judgment at Nuremburg" (another star-clogged movie, that ended up being a great success).


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