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The Crucible

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Original title
The Crucible
Running time
123 min.
United States United States
Arthur Miller (Novel: Arthur Miller)
George Fenton
Andrew Dunn
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20th Century-Fox
Drama | 17th Century. Witchcraft
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Arthur Miller Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
A small group of teen girls in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts caught in an innocent conjuring of love potions to catch young men are forced to tell lies that Satan had invaded them and forced them to participate in the rites and are then forced to name those involved. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. Arthur Miller wrote the events and the subsequent trials where those who demanded their innocence were executed, those who would not name names were incarcerated and tortured, and those who admitted their guilt were immediately freed as a parable of the Congressional Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950's America.
1996: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best supporting Actress (Allen), Adapted Screenplay
1996: Golden Globes: Nominated Supporting Actor (Scofield) and Actress (Allen)
1996: BAFTA Awards: Best Supp. Actor (Scofield). Nominated for Original Screenplay
1996: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis)
1996: Satellite Awards: 3 Nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay
1996: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen). 2 Nominations
1997: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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