The Crucible

There are witches about in Salem, Massachusetts and they must all be found and brought to their scraggly knees in court! Well, that's what a group of girls lead the Court of Salem to believe when they get caught dancing in the forest and performing questionable rituals. Based on a true story, and adapted from Arthur Miller's play, 'The Crucible' describes how lunatic the infamous witch-hunt in the 17th century was like. It's generally a good story with fine acting, but frankly, the characters seem somewhat artificial. The emotions of the film are generally non-existent, the film is rather a walk-through of Salem, Massachusetts' mishaps. View only if you want an American History lesson or, for some reason, are a fan of Arthur Miller. To many, it would be wholly unappealing.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Winona Ryder, Daniel-Day Lewis, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison, Jeffery Jones, Rob Campbell, Peter Vaughan, Karron Graves, Charlaine Woodard, Frances Conroy, Elizabeth Lawrence, George Gaynes

Directed by:

Nicholas Hytner


1996 horror/drama

Rated PG-13.


Don Ignacio's score: C+

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