The Scarlet Letter (1995)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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


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Roland Joffé


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

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11 May 2002 | michaelRokeefe
| Love hurts; aggression with passion.
Based very loosely on the work of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Forbidden love, patience and stout convictions. I really enjoyed this despite the bad reviews. In 1666 Massachusetts a married woman(Demi Moore) falls in love with the young reverend(Gary Oldman)of the colony. Her husband(Robert Duvall)is believed to be part of an Indian massacre on his following arrival to the new world. Duvall's character is actually captured by the Algonquian tribe and forced to live among them. He then vents his wrath on his wife, who is expecting a child from her affair with her lover.

Very good acting and wonderful scenery. I did not mind the two plus hours length of this romantic drama. There is some nudity, just enough to spice things up...but the violence is bloody and harsh. I found this version of THE SCARLET LETTER to be sensuous, interesting and very entertaining. Moore, Oldman and Duvall were excellent. Notable in support are Joan Plowright, Robert Prosky and Edward Hardwicke. This is worth your effort to watch.

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Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,119,086 15 October 1995

Gross USA:


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