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CRUCIBLE, THE

SYNOPSIS:
Perched on the edge of a continent is a community dedicated to the service of God. A gang of teenage girls, stifled by the crushing piety of their elders, dance naked in the woods. One girl, Abigail Williams - her innocence lost in the bed of John Proctor, a married farmer - drinks a charm to kill his wife. And suddenly, the Devil is loose in Salem. The girls are discovered and, spurred on by their terrified accusations, the entire village is consumed by cries of witchcraft. One by one, the blameless victims of mass hysteria are torn from their homes until, inexorably, Abigail's vengeance is turned on Proctor's wife.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This is a devastating story and a devastating film, writer Arthur Miller at his most powerful (adapting from his play) and director Nicholas Hytner handling the material superbly. Hytner’s previous film, The Madness of King George, showed him as a dynamic director, and here, with an explosive subject, he really gets under our skin. “It’s a story about how sex can bring a whole community crumbling down…” Hytner has said about this story, and while it is set in the mists of the past in middle America, it touches a nerve today – and will again tomorrow. Hytner’s cast is flawless: Daniel Day-Lewis as the impassioned Proctor, who realises too late the trap laid for him by the vengeful Abigail; Winona Ryder as the calculating, besotted young woman; Paul Scofield as the awesomely self-righteous and powerful Danforth; above all, Joan Allen as the beleaguered Elizabeth, who finds her own righteousness used as a weapon against her by deceitful and vengeful people. Haunting, memorable film.

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THE CRUCIBLE
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CAST: Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Rider, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison, Rob Campbell, Jeffrey Jones, Peter Vaughan, Karron Graves, Charlayne Woodard, Frances Conroy, Elizabeth Lawrence

DIRECTOR: Nicholas Hytner

SCREENPLAY: Arthur Miller based on his play

PRODUCER: Robert A. Miller, David V. Picker

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrew Dunn

PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Lilly Kilvert

EDITOR: Tariq Anwar

MUSIC: George Funton

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 6 1997







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