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Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial.
|Young woman spurned by her married lover seeks revenge by accusing his wife of witchcraft in this passionate and moving story set during the salem witch trials of 1692.|
Editor's NoteA powerful adaptation of the classic stage play about a Puritan community in seventeenth century Massachusetts awash in guilt, denial, and hysteria when a ring of lustful teenage girls begins accusing its citizens of witchcraft. When one man fights to retain his integrity in the face of madness, the adolescent slander invariably extends to him. Based on actual historic events and meant as a metaphor for the paranoid persecutions of the McCarthy era, the story (re-penned for the screen by playwright Arthur Miller) is a parable about society's fascination with and revulsion for cultural scandal.
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Dunn - Cinematographer|
|Arthur Miller - Based On Play By|
|Arthur Miller - Screenplay|
|David V. Picker - Producer|
|George Fenton - Original Music By|
|Nicholas Hytner - Director|
|Robert A. Miller - Producer|
|Tarig Anwar - Editor|
Plot SummaryThe film adaptation of Arthur Miller's classic, fact-based play, which was a veiled metaphor for the "Red Scare" McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s.| Set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, the story concerns Abigail, a teenager who once had an affair with married farmer John Proctor. Their relationship comes to an end, however, when his wife Elizabeth learns about it. One night, in the woods, Abigail and a group of girls undress and engage in a ritualistic ceremony, during which Abigail puts a deadly curse on Elizabeth.| But when this revelry is brought to light, the shocked villagers come to believe that Satan is in their town. A witch hunt begins, with arrests, trials and burnings at the stake in store for many of the accused girls. | Furthermore, the affair between John and Abigail does not escape scrutiny...
|Joan Allen, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|Arthur Miller, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|