The Crucible

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Nicholas Hytner
Production: Fox
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

called a meeting...

except for his own benefit?

I'm explaining it, Martha.

Sorry not to have noticed.

They are saying his daughter Betty

has been witched.

- Witched?

- Aye. She sleeps and can't be waked...

and the Putnam girl too, they say.

- What do you know of this silliness, Mary Warren?

- Nothing.

I smell mischief here.

You must come with me, John.

Folk will be looking to your judgment.

- How can they not wake up?

- God knows.

- You go right ahead, Giles. I'll be along.

- Right.

- I'll see you soon, Elizabeth.

- Good-bye, Martha.

There are still flowers in the field.

You might cut some.

It's winter in here yet.

Aye, I'll cut some flowers.

Hurry! Hurry, we'll be late!

Wait for me!

I'll race you to the meetinghouse!

Get up, now. Get up.

Give a penny. Give a penny.

I know the devil.

Goody Osborne,

you have no permission to beg here.

I'll wait for you.

I fear this.

Fear it? Why?

Let us quiet our hearts.

You are all aware of the rumors...

of that spirit come among us out

of hell...

That hateful enemy of God

and all Christian people, the devil.

Now, I have invited...

the Reverend John Hale of

Beverly to come to Salem.

He has...

He has delved deeply

into all demonic arts...

and will surely go to the bottom

of this.

You may recall in Beverly last year...

they believed they had a witch...

until Mr. Hale examined her...

and decided she was innocent to


But it-it may well be that in Salem...

he will find signs of

Lucifer, and if so...

you may be sure

he will hunt him down.

Let us turn our hearts...

to Psalm 73...

"Sure God is good to Israel. "

You will stop this now!


What will we do?

The whole country's talking witchcraft!

She means to tell.

We've got to tell,

or they'll be calling us witches!

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Arthur Miller

Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist, and figure in twentieth-century American theater. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A View from the Bridge (1955, revised 1956). He also wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits (1961). The drama Death of a Salesman has been numbered on the short list of finest American plays in the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. During this time, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee; and was married to Marilyn Monroe. In 1980, Miller received the St. Louis Literary Award from the Saint Louis University Library Associates. He received the Prince of Asturias Award and the Praemium Imperiale prize in 2002 and the Jerusalem Prize in 2003, as well as the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Lifetime Achievement Award. more…

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