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Crucible, The

[cert 12, 123 mins]

Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible', famously inspired by
the House Un-American Activities Committee
investigation into communist sympathies in
Hollywood, has become an American classic. Taking
the real-life events that occurred in seventeenth
century Salem, when more than a dozen people
were executed for witchcraft. The film tells the
story of when a group of Salem girls are discovered
dancing in the woods by the village minister. To
cover up their guilt, they concoct a tale of
witchcraft, saying that the slave Tituba, forced
them to join in her satanic rites. Thrown to the
wolves, Tituba begins naming names thus bringing
terror to Salem.

Still of a man holding a woman against a tree

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder

Level: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers

Subjects: Drama, English

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