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

Witchery's a hanging error...

like they done in Boston two year ago.

You'll only be whipped for trying to

conjure the boys and the dancing.

Now, listen to me, Betty dear.

I've talked to your papa,

and I've told him everything...

so there's nothing to be feared


I want my mama.

Your mama's dead and buried!

I'll fly to her!

Let me fly!

Stop it! Betty, come here!

Mama! No! Mama!

Why are you doing this?

I've told him.

He knows now.

You drank blood, Abby.

You didn't tell him that!

You never say that again!

You drank

a charm to kill John Proctor's wife.

No, Abby.

You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor!

Shut up!

Is she going to die?

Now, look, you... all of you.

We danced.

That is all.

And mark this...

Let anyone breathe a word...

or the edge of a word about the

other things...

and I will come to you in the

black of some terrible night...

and I will bring with me a pointy

reckoning that will shudder you...

and you know I can do it.

I saw Indians smash my dear parent's

head on the pillow next to mine...

and I have seen some

reddish work done at night...

and I can make you wish

you never saw the sun go down.

- Mama!

- No, Betty!


Mama! Mama!

- Mama!

- Keep still, you little devil!

Betty! Oh, Betty!

It's when she heard the psalm.

She run straight for the window.

Mark it for a sign, Mr. Parris.

My mother told me that.

There is hard sickness here,

Giles Corey.

So please to keep the quiet.

I've not said a word.

Nobody can testify I've said a word.

Rebecca, I fear we're lost.

She cannot bear to hear the

Lord's name.

That's a notorious sign

of witchcraft afoot, Rebecca.

Mama. Mama.

What have you done?

Goody Nurse, will you go to our Ruth...

and see if you can wake her?

I think she'll wake when she tires

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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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