The Crucible

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A 17th-century Salem woman accuses an ex-lover's wife of witchery in an adaptation of the Arthur Miller play.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.9/10 (15,487 voted)

Nicholas Hytner

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield

The movie is centered around the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. He also wrote the screen play adaptation.

Writers: Arthur Miller, Arthur Miller


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


Frances Conroy

Ann Putnam

Elizabeth Lawrence

Rebecca Nurse

George Gaynes

Judge Samuel Sewall

Mary Pat Gleason

Martha Corey

Robert Breuler

Judge Hathorne

Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial.

Release Date: 27 November 1996

Filming Locations: "Old" United Shoe Factory – 181 Elliott Street, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $62,995
(1 December 1996)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $7,340,103
(17 February 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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.


When John Proctor and Elizabeth are having their private conversation towards the end of the movie, his teeth look normal. However once they return to judge and Rev. Hale, his teeth look rotted and decayed. When he his hanged (the same day) his teeth are normal again.


Judge Danforth:
To your knowledge, has John Proctor committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband an adulterer?

No sir.

Judge Danforth:
Remove her, Marshal.

John Proctor:
Elizabeth, I have confessed it!

Oh, God!

User Review

I am not someone to randomly give out a perfect score for a movie…

Rating: 10/10

…And I also happen to be a very critical person of most films. With
that being said, The Crucible completely blows me away with its
virtually flawless cinematic achievements!

Daniel Day-Lewis is absolutely superb as John Proctor; there is no
other way to put it. He is simply perfect, from his bitter, withdrawn
opening few lines to when he is accused of witchcraft by his former
adulterous–and scorned–lover (Winona Ryder) and begins passionately
fighting for his very life and existence–and, of course, his name.

Winona Ryder turns in a beautiful performance as the disturbed and
tragic Abigail Williams: a Puritain orphan raised by her super-strict,
brutal, and overall villainous uncle. She becomes infatuated with John
Proctor, a married man and a bit of an outcast to their society, and is
willing to do anything and everything to 'obtain' him, if you will.

Joan Allen's Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress was not
undeserved. Her portrayal of the honest and saintly Elizabeth Proctor
(not fake innocence, like Abigail's) was touching and a bit
heart-wrenching toward the end (won't give that away here).

It wasn't just the awesome acting that won me over, but the authentic
Old English dialog, the somewhat grainy cinematography (which provided
an uneasy feeling in viewing the town of Salem), and wonderful sets and
costumes that really made this a classic for me, and my all-time
favorite movie. Highly recommend it! A perfect 10/10!