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The Scarlet Letter (1995)

An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel), Douglas Day Stewart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Hester Prynne
Gary Oldman ... Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Duvall ... Roger Chillingworth
Lisa Andoh Lisa Andoh ... Mituba (as Lisa Joliffe-Andoh)
Edward Hardwicke ... Gov. John Bellingham
Robert Prosky ... Horace Stonehall
Roy Dotrice ... Rev. Thomas Cheever
Joan Plowright ... Harriet Hibbons
Malcolm Storry ... Maj. Dunsmuir
James Bearden James Bearden ... Goodman Mortimer (as Jim Bearden)
Larissa Laskin ... Goody Mortimer
Amy Wright ... Goody Gotwick
George Aguilar ... Johnny Sassamon
Tim Woodward ... Brewster Stonehall
Joan Gregson Joan Gregson ... Elizabeth Cheever
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Storyline

In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and the Algonquian have an uneasy truce. Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) arrives from England, seeking independence. Awaiting her husband, she establishes independence, fixing up a house, befriending Quakers and other outsiders. Passion draws her to the young pastor, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman). He feels the same; when they learn her husband has probably died at the hands of Indians, they consummate their love. A child is born, and on the day Hester is publicly humiliated and made to wear a scarlet letter, her husband appears after a year with Indians. Calling himself Chillingworth (Robert Duvall), he seeks revenge, searching out Hester's lover and stirring fears of witchcraft. Will his murderous plot succeed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

When intimacy is forbidden and passion is a sin, love is the most defiant crime of all.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Letter See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,119,086, 15 October 1995

Gross USA:

$10,382,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,382,407
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gary Oldman considers this movie as one of his favorite projects. See more »

Goofs

Nicholas Rice is credited as playing the clerk, but the role was actually played by someone else. See more »

Quotes

Hester Prynne: I wonder if existance as a woman is worthwhile at all.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Agnus Dei
(Based on Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings")
Performed by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers
(Adm. by G. Schirmen Inc. (ASCAP))
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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Not all that bad!
11 February 2000 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

OK, it's not faithful to the novel . . . .

I waited a long time before I finally decided to rent the video and watch The Scarlet Letter. Afterwards I wondered, what was everyone so upset about?! I was pleasantly surprised. Gary Oldman was his usual -brilliant, and looking soulfully handsome for a change. Demi Moore turned in a decent performance -watch closely- and then decide for yourself. Robert Duvall as the crazy doctor was a bit over the top, but had enough self control to not let it get out of hand. Joan Ploughright was charming as usual, and the only one who got the accent right -being a Brit, of course.

I don't recall the Indian war, and witchcraft from the novel . . . but it's been a long time. Yes, I guess it was a different movie, but watch it for what it is.


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