The Crucible

The Crucible

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Seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, a group of teenage girls meets in the woods at midnight for a secret love-conjuring ceremony. But instead of love, Abigail Williams wishes for the death of her former lover's wife. When the ceremony is witnessed by one of the town's ministers, the girls are accused of witchcraft. Soon the entire village is consumed by hysteria, and innocent victims are put on trial.

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cameronhood40
May 14, 2017

I find it interesting that a movie about the Salem witch trials has garnered so much opinion about the religious right. In modern times we do have people on the right who call themselves Christians who do horrible things in the name of God. However the majority of Christians do not do these horrible things and therefore should not be lumped in with the religious right at all. As for organized religion being the evil of today I find that comment very myopic indeed. I would say that the lack of true Christians in this world is a tragedy not an evil. If Christians and non-christians alike only followed Jesus's words to love your neighbor as yourself we would have a much more peaceful world.

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nidus
Jul 25, 2016

The Salem witch hangings are not so far in the past. This movie shows a lot of parallels with today's attitudes. We still have religious ideas influencing our laws. We have many people, under the cover of authority, killing innocent people due to prejudice. Organized religion is the greatest evil in the world. The Crucible is a reminder of the constant vigilance we must observe to guard against the religious right.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 29, 2015

Seems historically a bit whacky - but that was age of Puritanism, etc.

Apparently, original play author Arthur Miller was using Salem witch trials as a metaphor for 50's anti-communist McCarthyism.

The most whacky legal argument (for me) was "if you've never seen a witch, how can you say you've never seen one?"

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2014

Daniel Day-Lewis's only bad performance. Ah, the bitter taste of melodrama.

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flammy_icy_girl
Jan 07, 2012

Sigh... When you think back, history can be pretty messed up... my friend thinks that it's ruining children's mind... => history o.o

lms Feb 07, 2010

Daniel-Day Lewis is worth watching as a conflicted, cheating husband and harried lover. What a grim world they live in. Interesting that Day-Lewis frequently selects roles where societal constraints dictate behaivours.
Winona Ryder as usual delivers a flat performance. She does not have enough emotional range in her repertoire to meet this role, nor the one where she is paired with Day-Lewis in The Age of Innocence. Joan Allen eats up the screen and she deserved to win as Supporting Actress.

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joseph
Jan 06, 2010

Good – The Crucible (1996) 124 min. Interesting account of the Salem witch hunt of the 17th century starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and Joan Allen. It’s incredible to think that there was a time in America that people followed the Old Testament of the Bible so closely that they forgot to read one of the key commandments emphasized more profoundly in the New Testament – love thy neighbour. Despite Christ’s teaching, people continue to judge, persecute and destroy others. I kept shaking my head at the absurdity of the events of the that particular time in history and then thought of Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt in the 1950s and now, the hunt for terrorists at all costs. History does repeat itself. Apparently, Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t bathe for the entire shooting of the film to stay in character?!? The film garnered an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Joan Allen). Finally, OPL has this film in glorious VHS in the wide-screen format; so if your VCR still works, give this one a go.

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