The CrucibleNovember 27, 1996
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)
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
Judge Thomas Danforth
Judge Samuel Sewall
Mary Pat Gleason
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
Opening Weekend: $62,995
(1 December 1996)
(17 February 1997)
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.
To your knowledge, has John Proctor committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband an adulterer?
Remove her, Marshal.
Elizabeth, I have confessed it!
I am not someone to randomly give out a perfect score for a movie…
…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 He is simply perfect, from his bitter, withdrawn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!