The Crucible (1996) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.8/ 10 (19488 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of the Salem witch trials

Production Company
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 27 November 1996
(Canada) - 25 December 1996
(Australia) - 6 February 1997
(Germany) - 20 February 1997
(New Zealand) - 20 February 1997

Running Time

Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth on trial.

1600s, 1690s, 17th-century, accusation, adultery, allegory, based-on-play, beach, belief-in-god, belief-in-hell, belief-in-the-devil, belief-in-the-soul, belief-in-witches, bird, black-magic, blood, blood-drinking, blood-on-face, bonnet, brief-female-nudity, chicken, chicken-blood, christian, christianity, colonial-america,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
MET:3382 m - (Sweden)
MET:3445 m
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

Related Pictures

See The Crucible Pictures

Full Cast

  1. Breuler, Robert as [Judge Hathorne] <15>
  2. Bronk, Paul as (uncredited) [Village Elder]
  3. Campbell, Rob (I) as [Reverend Hale] <6>
  4. Cheeseman, Ken as [Goat Owner] <46>
  5. Davison, Bruce as [Reverend Parris] <5>
  6. Day-Lewis, Daniel as [John Proctor] <1>
  7. Gaston, Michael (I) as [Marshal Herrick] <20>
  8. Gaynes, George as [Judge Samuel Sewall] <13>
  9. Grant, Mark (I) as (uncredited) [Villager]
  10. Griesemer, John as [Ezekiel Cheever] <19>
  11. Jones, Jeffrey (I) as [Thomas Putnam] <7>
  12. Lyman, Will as [Isaiah Goodkind] <42>
  13. Maloney, Peter (I) as [Dr. Griggs] <24>
  14. McDermott, Tom (I) as [Francis Nurse] <18>
  15. McKinstry, Michael as [Daniel Proctor] <36>
  16. Ochoa, Steven as [Putnam's Servant] <47>
  17. Preston, William (I) as [George Jacobs] <21>
  18. Scofield, Paul (I) as [Judge Thomas Danforth] <3>
  19. Streit, Alexander as [Joseph Proctor] <35>
  20. Turner, J.T. (I) as (uncredited) [Lout]
  21. Vaughan, Peter (I) as [Giles Corey] <8>
  22. Allen, Joan (I) as [Elizabeth Proctor] <4>
  23. Bella, Rachael as [Betty Parris] <16>
  24. Boksenbaum, Anna V. as [Sarah Pope] <33>
  25. Brodesser, Dorothy as [Mrs. Griggs] <37>
  26. Clark, Mara as [Goody Barrow] <39>
  27. Conroy, Frances as [Ann Putnam] <11>
  28. Ferrini, Sheila as [Townswoman] <44>
  29. Gleason, Mary Pat as [Martha Corey] <14>
  30. Graves, Karron as [Mary Warren] <9>
  31. Holmes, Lian-Marie as [Deliverance Fuller] <27>
  32. Kilguss, Jessie as [Debra Flint] <30>
  33. Lawrence, Elizabeth (I) as [Rebecca Nurse] <12>
  34. Lewin, June as [Townswoman] <45>
  35. MacDonald, Karen as [Townswoman] <43>
  36. Maleczech, Ruth as [Goody Osborne] <22>
  37. Marean, Simone as [Rachel Buxton] <31>
  38. McClure, Amee Jean as (as Amee Gray) [Lydia Sheldon] <32>
  39. Melen, Charlotte as (as Charlotte Melén) [Margaret Kenney] <28>
  40. Nevin, Katrina as [Dorcas Bellows] <41>
  41. Peabody, Dossy as [Goody Sibber] <38>
  42. Peldon, Ashley as [Ruth Putnam] <17>
  43. Pinkham, Sheila as [Goody Good] <23>
  44. Pulkkinen, Jane as [Goody Bellows] <40>
  45. Reardon, Mary as [Esther Wilkens] <34>
  46. Riley, Carmella as (as Carmella Mulvihill) [Hannah Brown] <29>
  47. Rocha, Kali as [Mercy Lewis] <25>
  48. Ryder, Winona as [Abigail Williams] <2>
  49. Stanley, Taylor as [Joanna Preston] <26>
  50. Woodard, Charlayne as [Tituba] <10>


  1. Drama
  2. History

Full Plot

The movie is centered around the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. He also wrote the screen play adaptation. 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. John Sacksteder Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 12,088 (Netherlands) (31 December 1998) AD: 11,779 (Netherlands) (1 January 1998) AD: 26,747 (Portugal) (20 March 1997) AD: 17,780 (Portugal) (13 March 1997) BT: USD 25,000,000 CP: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 1996 GR: USD 7,340,103 (USA) (17 February 1997) GR: USD 7,261,240 (USA) (9 February 1997) GR: USD 7,119,215 (USA) (2 February 1997) GR: USD 6,927,858 (USA) (26 January 1997) GR: USD 5,816,620 (USA) (12 January 1997) GR: USD 4,652,487 (USA) (5 January 1997) GR: USD 2,340,466 (USA) (29 December 1996) GR: USD 962,496 (USA) (22 December 1996) GR: USD 282,924 (USA) (15 December 1996) GR: USD 185,692 (USA) (8 December 1996) GR: USD 62,995 (USA) (1 December 1996) GR: GBP 2,282,422 (UK) (6 April 1997) GR: GBP 2,177,505 (UK) (23 March 1997) GR: GBP 1,401,238 (UK) (10 March 1997) GR: GBP 613,343 (UK) (1 March 1997) GR: ITL 822,493,000 (Italy) (23 February 1997) GR: ITL 436,864,000 (Italy) (16 February 1997) OW: USD 62,995 (USA) (1 December 1996) (1 screen) SD: 11 September 1995 - 18 November 1995

Movie Certificate

12 (Iceland)
12 (Brazil)
15 (South Korea)
PG-13 (Philippines)
PG-13 (USA)(certificate #34461)
14 (Peru)
13 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
14 (Chile)
K-12 (Finland)
12 (Germany)(f)
IIB (Hong Kong)
M/12 (Portugal)(Qualidade)
NC-16 (Singapore)
13 (Spain)
11 (Sweden)
12 (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Fenton, George


  1. Dunn, Andrew (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Crowley, Bob (I)


20th Century Fox de Argentina [ar] - (1997) (Argentina) (theatrical)
20th Century Fox of Germany [de] - (1997) (Germany) (theatrical)
Abril Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Alta Films [es] - (Spain)
Columbia TriStar Films [nl] - (1997) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Gativideo [ar] - (1997) (Argentina) (VHS)
Home Video Hellas (HVH) [gr] - (1998) (Greece) (VHS)
Sundance Channel [us] - (2012) (USA) (TV)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [us] - (1996) (USA) (theatrical)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Germany [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment [nl] - (1997) (Netherlands) (video)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment [us] - (1997) (USA) (VHS) (pan and scan)

Film Editors

  1. Anwar, Tariq


  1. Aghassi, Jeff (assistant location manager)
  2. Albushies, Brian (payroll accountant)
  3. Allegretto, Michael E. (craft service)
  4. Andrulitis, Bill (animal wrangler)
  5. Beckett, Lee (assistant: Daniel Day-lewis)
  6. Bennette, Diane (animal wrangler)
  7. Berger, Eric (II) (office production assistant)
  8. Biggins, Joe (set production assistant)
  9. Bock, Lisa M. (set production assistant)
  10. Bolton, Melissa (set production assistant)
  11. Bush, Travis G. (video production assistant)
  12. Carbone, Paula (studio teacher)
  13. Carroll, Tim (I) (livestock coordinator)
  14. Clark, Regina (production intern)
  15. Collins, Daniel (II) (animal wrangler)
  16. Conroy, Drew (animal wrangler)
  17. Cook, Peter W. (historical consultant)
  18. Courser, Jerry (animal wrangler)
  19. Courtney, William (I) (animal wrangler)
  20. Coutts, Julian (I) (set production assistant)
  21. Cybulski, Mary (script supervisor)
  22. Davidson, Jon (I) (production accountant)
  23. Desrochers, Christine V. (production secretary)
  24. Dick, Michael (II) (marine coordinator)
  25. Farnell, Dina (assistant production coordinator) (as Dina Brendlinger)
  26. Fitzgerald, Mark (II) (location assistant)
  27. Frisbie, Edward A. (animal wrangler)
  28. Green, Elizabeth (II) (set production assistant)
  29. Hall, Barnaby (I) (location production assistant)
  30. Hanlon, Maryellen (location production assistant)
  31. Harmony, Christian (production intern)
  32. Harrington, Charles (I) (location manager)
  33. Hermansen, John J. (set production assistant)
  34. Hollyer, Christian J. (office production assistant)
  35. Hume, Pauline (title designer) (uncredited)
  36. Hutchinson, Mark C. (set production assistant)
  37. Kammer, Kevin (location assistant)
  38. Kennard, David (II) (animal wrangler)
  39. Kowalchyk, Scott R. (I) (set production assistant)
  40. Kumpiranonth, Namthip (craft service)
  41. Lowes, Barbara (animal wrangler)
  42. MacDonald, James (III) (medic)
  43. Marsh, Seth (I) (location boat operator)
  44. Marshall, Ted (III) (location boat operator)
  45. McCarthy, Susan P. (production coordinator)
  46. Messersmith, Andrew L. (animal wrangler)
  47. Meyer, Carla (I) (dialect consultant)
  48. Michaels, Rebekah V. (power pod assistant)
  49. Milstein, Jessica A. (production intern)
  50. Noonan, Carolyn (assistant production accountant)
  51. Noonan, Patrick (I) (accounting assistant)
  52. Pierotti, David (location boat operator)
  53. Powell, Alexander (I) (production intern)
  54. Quam, Kim (medic)
  55. Ramsey, Luke (location boat operator)
  56. Raycroft, Matthew J. (set production assistant)
  57. Reilly, Anne S. (unit publicist)
  58. Romero, George Cameron (set production assistant) (as G. Cameron Romero)
  59. Roussel, Francine (movement consultant)
  60. Sawyer, Lee A. (wagon master)
  61. Seto, Selena (assistant to producers)
  62. Simon, Eric (II) (medic)
  63. Stein, Vicki (assistant: David V. Picker)
  64. Tannenbaum, Sally (assistant: Winona Ryder)
  65. Timoney, Bill (adr loop group) (uncredited)
  66. Trent, Robert F. (first period consultant)
  67. Vachon, Annette (animal wrangler)
  68. VanderSande, John B. (first period consultant)
  69. Wadmore-Smith, Tracey (cinemaestro technician)
  70. Warner, Aron (production executive) (uncredited)
  71. Weiske, Will (assistant: Nicholas Hytner)
  72. Wilson, Brian (II) (projectionist)


Abigail: I am but God's finger, John. If he would condemn Elizabeth, she will be condemned. Elizabeth: It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery. Judge Danforth: Who weeps for these weeps for corruption. John Proctor: Elizabeth, your justice would freeze beer. John Proctor: Go to bed, Mary. Mary Warren: I'll not be ordered to bed anymore, Mr. Proctor. I am 18 now and a woman... however single. John Proctor: If you wish to sit up, then sit up. Mary Warren: I wish to go to bed. John Proctor: Good night, then. Mary Warren: Good night. John Proctor: These are heavy books. Rev. John Hale: Well, they should be. They're weighted with authority. John Proctor: Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! John Proctor: I say- I say- God is dead! Betty Parris: I want my mama. Abigail Williams: Your mama's dead and buried. Betty Parris: I'll find her! Let me fly! Mama! No! Abigail Williams: Why are you doing this? I told you, he knows now. Betty Parris: You drank blood Abby. Did you tell him that? [Abby slaps Betty] Abigail Williams: Don't you ever say that again! Betty Parris: You drank a charm to kill John Proctor's wife! You drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor! [Abby throws Betty on the bed and starts hitting her] Abigail Williams: Shut up! All of you. We danced. That is all, and mark this, if anyone breathe a word or the edge of a word about the other things, 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 parents' heads on the pillow next to mine. And I have seen some reddish work done at night. And I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! Judge Danforth: Mr. Parris, you are a brainless man! John Proctor: WHORE! How do you call heaven? Reverend Parris: Why did Goody Proctor discharge you from her service? Abigail Williams: Because I refused to be her slave. Reverend Parris: I have heard said that John Proctor and you... Abigail Williams: My name is good in the village! Elizabeth Proctor is an envious, gossipy liar! John Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I reach for you again. We never touched. Abigail Williams: Ay, but we did. Elizabeth: Question Abigail Williams about the gospel, not myself! John Proctor: She is a whore! Judge Danforth: This will not pass. Can you prove this? John Proctor: I have known her sir! I have known her. Judge Danforth: In what time? What place? John Proctor: In the proper place where my beasts are bedded. Judge Danforth: To your knowledge, has John Proctor committed the crime of lechery? Answer my question! Is your husband an adulterer? Elizabeth: No sir. Judge Danforth: Remove her, Marshal. John Proctor: Elizabeth, I have confessed it! Elizabeth: Oh, God! Abigail Williams: A women comes to my bed every night now and tears out my eyes. Judge Danforth: Can you make out who she may be? Abigail Williams: I believe she be Reverend John Hale's wife sir. Judge Danforth: You must be mistaken my child. The wife of a minister be unlikely... Abigail Williams: Satan may reach anyone sir. Judge Sewall: Absolutely no one in the world is safe? Is that your meaning? Judge Danforth: You are mistaken child. Understand me? John Proctor: Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretenses ripped away. God's icy wind will blow. Martha Corey: I, sir, am innocent to a witch. I know not what a witch is. Judge Hathorne: If you know not what a witch is, how do you know you are not one? Judge Danforth: The pure in heart need no lawyers. Judge Danforth: If you do not give me his name, I will have you arrested for contempt of court. Giles Corey: This is a hearing. You cannot arrest me for contempt of a hearing. John Proctor: It is not on a boat we'll meet again Abigail, but in hell. John Proctor: You bring down heaven and raise up a whore! Abigail: Let *you* beware, Mr. Danforth. Do you think yourself so mighty the Devil may not turn *your* wits? Mary Warren: Witchin's a hangin' error in Salem, like they done in Boston two year ago! Rev. John Hale: Do you know your commandments, Mr. Proctor? John Proctor: Aye. Rev. John Hale: Would you recite them please? John Proctor: The commandments? Rev. John Hale: Aye. John Proctor: Thou shalt not kill. Rev. John Hale: Aye. John Proctor: Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet thy neighbors goods, nor covet thy neighbors wives, thou shalt have no other Gods before me, thou shalt not use the Lord's name in vain, thou shalt keep holy the sabbath day, thou shalt honor thy mother and father, thou shalt not bare to false witness... thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wives. Rev. John Hale: You said that one twice, Sir. John Proctor: Aye. Elizabeth: Adultry, John. John Proctor: Aye. You see, Sir, between the two of us, we do know them all. Giles Corey: A fart on Thomas Putnam! Ezekiel Cheever: Purge your contempt and give us the name of the man who accused Putnam. You will say it, Corey. Reverend Parris: Speak man, we cannot releant. What say you, Corey? Giles Corey: More... Weight. Reverend Parris: Lay on. You are commanded by the court. Lay On! Giles Corey: AAH! [he dies] Judge Danforth: John Proctor, I've seen your power. You are combined with ANTI-CHRIST! John Proctor: Show honor now, show them a stony heart and sink them with it! Reverend Parris: For having committed the crime of witchcraft, Rebecca Nurse, George Jacobs, Mary Easty, John Willard, Martha Corey, Elizabeth Howe, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor, Mary Sibber, Hannah Bellows, Bridget Bishop and Sarah Osbourne are from this church with all its blessings and every hope of heaven hereby excommunicate.

Other Titles

  1. Hexenjagd (1997) (ENG)

  2. La seduzione del male (1996) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. "Old" United Shoe Factory - 181 Elliott Street, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
  2. Hog Island, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
  3. Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada


- 'Melanie Lynskey' (qv) auditioned for the role of Abigail Williams.

- 'Drew Barrymore (I)' (qv) auditioned for the part of "Abigail Williams".

- 'Sarah Michelle Gellar' (qv) auditioned for the part of "Mary Warren".

- 'Kirsten Dunst' (qv) auditioned for the role of Abigail Williams. She impressed everyone and was asked back to several callbacks and even did a screen test, but the producers and director ultimately decided that she was too young.

- 'Daniel Day-Lewis' (qv) met his wife 'Rebecca Miller (I)' (qv), daughter of 'Arthur Miller (I)' (qv), while filming The Crucible.

- The open casting call for this movie was held at the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Danvers Massachusetts, where the movie Session 9 was filmed, the auditions were held in the auditorium of the abandoned hospital which is prominently featured in Session 9.

- 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) was originally slated to direct.

- Playwright 'Arthur Miller (I)' (qv) got his inspiration for "The Crucible" during the Hollywood black-listings. It reminded him of the paranoia, the finger-pointing and the all around outrageousness that the Salem Witch Hunt had possessed. Miller himself was called before The