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The Crucible

The Crucible

Daniel Day-Lewis
Director: Nicholas Hytner Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
, Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder
, Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
Nicholas Hytner

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When Arthur Miller's play The Crucible was first staged in 1953, it was widely acclaimed as a metaphor for the recklessness of Joseph McCarthy and his spurious crusade against communism. In its 1996 screen adaptation (scripted by Miller), the tone has been adjusted somewhat and plays as a warning against the dangers of political and religious extremism of all kinds. After a group of young women is accused of witchcraft in the Puritan community of Salem, Mass. in 1692, Abigail Williams (Winona Ryder) is held in suspicion of practicing magic. Abigail in turn levels charges against John Proctor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his wife Elizabeth (Joan Allen). Abigail has a private grudge against the Proctors; while working as their servant, she had an affair with John, and when John ended the relationship and returned to his wife, Abigail was fired. Now the Reverend Parris (Bruce Davison) is hearing accusations and counter-accusations of misdeeds from all sides of the community in the wake of Abigail's charges, so he brings in Judge Danforth (Paul Scofield) to determine who is guilty or innocent. However, given the moral climate of the time, it seems someone has to be found guilty of witchcraft, even though firm evidence of wrongdoing is becoming hard to come by. This was the second screen version of The Crucible, though it was the first one in English; the previous version, filmed in France in 1956, starred Simone Signoret and Yves Montand.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2017
UPC: 0738329207380
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 7,248

Special Features

A conversation with Daniel Day-Lewis and Arthur Miller; Audio commentary with director Nicholas Hytner and writer Arthur Miller; Making-of featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis John Proctor
Winona Ryder Abigail Williams
Paul Scofield Judge Danforth
Joan Allen Elizabeth Proctor
Bruce Davison Rev. Samuel Parris
Rob Campbell Reverend John Hale
Jeffrey Jones Thomas Putnam
Karron Graves Mary Warren
Peter Vaughan Giles Corey
Frances Conroy Ann Putnam
Robert Breuler Judge Hathorne
Rachael Bella Betty Parris
George Gaynes Judge Samuel Sewall
Ashley Peldon Ruth Putman
Charlaine Woodard Tituba
Mary Pat Gleason Martha Corey
Elizabeth Lawrence Rebecca Nurse
Tom McDermott Francis Nurse
Michael Gaston Marshal Herrick
William Preston George Jacobs
Peter Maloney Dr. Griggs
Will Lyman Isaiah Goodkind
Dossy Peabody Goody Sibber
Ken Cheeseman Goat Owner
Ruth Maleczech Goody Osborne
Anna V. Boksenbaum Sarah Pope
Dorothy Brodesser Mrs Griggs
Mara Clark Goody Barrow
Sheila Ferrini Townswoman
Amee Gray Lydia Sheldon
John Griesemer Ezekial Cheever
Lian-Marie Holmes Deliverance Fuller
Jessie Kilguss Deborah Flint
June Lewin Townswoman
Karen MacDonald Townswoman
Simone Marean Rachel Buxton
Michael McKinstry Daniel Proctor
Charlotte Melen Margaret Kenney
Carmella Mulvihill Hannah Brown
Katrina Nevin Dorcas Bellows
Steven Ochoa Putnam's servant
Sheila Pinkham Goody Good
Jane Pulkkinen Goody Bellows
Mary Reardon Esther Wilkens
Kali Rocha Mercy Lewis
Alexander Streit Joseph Proctor
Stanely Taylor Joanna Preston
David V. Picker Actor
George Fenton Conductor

Technical Credits
Nicholas Hytner Director
Tariq Anwar Editor
Michael Barosky Sound Mixer
Dirk Wallace Craft Asst. Director
Bob Crowley Costumes/Costume Designer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
George Fenton Score Composer,Songwriter
Donna Isaacson Casting
William "Billie Jack" Jakielaszek Special Effects
Christian Kaplan Casting
Alan S. Kaye Set Decoration/Design
Paula Kelly Makeup
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Gary King Special Effects
Todd Kleitsch Makeup
Mitchell Levin Associate Producer
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Michael McCue Asst. Director
Arthur Miller Screenwriter
Robert A. Miller Producer
Bob Miller Producer
Louis Montejano Set Decoration/Design
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
David V. Picker Producer
Carolyn Pickman Casting
Diana Pokorny Co-producer
Stephen R. Ricci Special Effects
Daniel Swee Casting
Eliza Thompson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Bob Wagner Asst. Director
John Warnke Art Director
Carla White Makeup

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