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Ewwwwww--ego-driven stinker of '95 ("Showgirls" not-withstanding). Feisty Hester Prynne (Moore) is condemned to wear the scarlet letter "A" of adultery by her 17th-century Puritan neighbors because she bore a child out of wedlock. Oldman is the lusty Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale (her partner in illicit passion) while Duvall chews scenery as Hester's wronged hubby. This "freely adapted" version of the 1850 American classic should have set author Nathaniel Hawthorne spinning in his grave as his moral saga of sin and redemption meets 20th-century moviemaking by having the passion made explicit and a happy ending tacked on.

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Available on Running time 135 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Books to Film: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Period Piece: 17th Century, Pure Ego Vehicles, Big-Budget Bombs, Boston, Adultery, Clergymen
Douglas Day Stewart
Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall, Robert Prosky, Edward Hardwicke, Joan Plowright, Roy Dotrice, Dana Ivey, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, Diane Salinger, Lisa Jolliff-Andoh, Amy Wright, Tim Woodward
Alex Thomson
Roland Joffe
John Barry
Roland Joffe, Andrew G. Vajna, Tova Laiter, Dodi Fayed, Hollywood Pictures


Golden Raspberries 1995: Worst Remake/Sequel.

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The Scarlet Letter
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I had to watch this movie in school. It is interesting because situations like this really happened but then again, it's also kind of boring. In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and Algonquian have an uneasy truce. Hester arrives from England, seeking independence. Awaiting her husband, she establishes independence, fixing up a house, befriending Quakers and other outsiders. Passion draws her to a young pastor, and 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, he seeks revenge, searching out Hester's lover and stirring fears of witchcraft.

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The Scarlet Letter came out in 1995 and has a total running time of 135 minutes. Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall, Robert Prosky and Edward Hardwicke star in this romantic drama. The Scarlet Letter is set in 1666 in Massachusetts Bay colony. Young Hester Prynne comes to the colony in hopes to find a house for her and her husband. He’s back in their hometown and plans on moving to her later on. While there, she meets a young man, become attracted to one another and start to have an affair. She becomes pregnant and is forced to wear a scarlet “A” for “adultery” on her chest. When her husband arrives, he is furious and is determined to find out who her lover is and get revenge on both of them.