The Crucible Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Crucible the Movie

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Mass hysteria reigns in 17th century Salem, Mass., when a group of teenaged girls, caught performing heathen rituals in the woods, concoct an elaborate story to exonerate themselves by whipping the town into a witch-hunting frenzy. Chief liar is Abigail Williams (Ryder), who was cast aside by married farmer John Proctor (Day-Lewis), for whom she still lusts. The deranged lass puts her dubious talents into getting Proctor's wife (Allen) out of the picture. Director Hytner demanded authentic period reproduction, down to the finest detail. Impressive cast does justice to the story, especially Scofield's delightfully odious Judge Danforth. Based on Miller's 1953 play which, not so coincidently, opened during the communist witch hunts of the early 1950s. Screenwriter Miller willingly slashed dialogue from his original work for cinematic purposes. Filmed at the remote wildlife sanctuary of Hog Island, Massachusetts.


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Available on VHS
Running time 123 minutes.

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Adapted from a Play, Witchcraft, Justice Prevails...?, Plays to Film: Arthur Miller, Period Piece: 17th Century, Crimes of Passion, Revenge, Romantic Triangles, Historical Drama, Order in the Court
Arthur Miller
Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison, Jeffrey Jones, Rob Campbell, Peter Vaughan, Karron Graves, Charlaine Woodard, Frances Conroy, Elizabeth Lawrence, George Gaynes
Andrew Dunn
Nicholas Hytner
George Fenton
David Picker, Robert A. Miller, 20th Century-Fox


British Acad. 1996: Support. Actor (Scofield); Broadcast Film Critics 1996: Support. Actress (Allen).

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