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The Crucible Details

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 27, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Miller Best Adapted Screenplay 1996 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Joan Allen Best Supporting Actress 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joan Allen Best Supporting Actress 1996 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Nicholas Hytner
Director
David V. Picker
Producer
Bob Miller
Producer
Robert A. Miller
Producer
Arthur Miller
Play Author
Arthur Miller
Screenwriter
Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
George Fenton
Songwriter
Eliza Thompson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tariq Anwar
Editor
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
John Warnke
Art Director
Diana Pokorny
Co-producer
Mitchell Levin
Associate Producer
Nick Navarro
Set Designer
Louis Montejano
Set Designer
Gretchen Rau
Set Decorator
Bob Crowley
Costume Designer
Mike Topoozian
First Assistant Director
Michael McCue
First Assistant Director
Bruce MacCallum
Camera Operator
Michael Barosky
Sound Mixer
Donna Isaacson
Casting
Daniel Swee
Casting
Carolyn Pickman
Casting
Christian Kaplan
Casting
Susannah McCarthy
Production Coordinator
Lucy Fawcett
Foley Artist
Todd Kleitsch
Makeup
Carla White
Makeup
Diane Bennette
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Stan Fiferman
Foley Editor
Joe Gilmore
Dialogue Editor
Naomi Donne
Makeup
Pauline Griffiths
Foley Artist
Drew Conroy
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Deirdre Williams
Costumes Supervisor
Jerry Courser
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Barbara Lowes
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Mary Cybulski
Script Supervisor
George Fenton
Conductor
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda
Production Supervisor
Jan Archibald
Key Hairstylist
Bruce Winant
Voice Casting
Bill Andrulitis
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Brian Ricci
Special Effects Coordinator
Diana Pokorny
Unit Production Manager
Ray Short
Title Design
Dean Humphreys
Re-Recording Mixer
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