The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel of hypocrisy among America's pilgrims was brought to the screen by director Roland Joffe in this 1995 feature. Demi Moore stars as Hester Prynne, a new arrival to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1666. Prynne, who interacts freely with slaves and Quakers and wears revealing garb, is something of a free thinker and off-putting to the uptight locals. She awaits the arrival of her husband, Roger (Robert Duvall), but he is reported killed. One person who does not find Prynne unsettling is the new preacher, Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman). A torrid encounter between them produces a child, Pearl, and Hester is condemned by the colony, forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" (for "adultery"). Roger reappears; he had been living with a native tribe -- an experience that has driven him mad. He masquerades as "Roger Chillingsworth," trying to discover the identity of Pearl's father. When Hester is about to be executed, Dimmesdale confesses, but a timely Indian raid intervenes, saving him and Hester. The Scarlet Letter was widely derided by critics for sexualizing and changing Hawthorne's novel to an absurd degree.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/02/2019
UPC: 0738329230906
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 37,221

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Roland Joffé; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Demi Moore Hester Prynne
Gary Oldman Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Duvall Roger Chillingworth
Robert Prosky Horace Stonehall
Edward Hardwicke John Bellingham
Joan Plowright Harriet Hibbons
Lisa Jolliff-Andoh Mituba
Roy Dotrice Thomas Cheever
Malcolm Storry Major Dunsmuir
Jim Bearden Goodman Mortimer
Amy Wright Goody Gotwick
George Aguilar Johnny Sassamon
Tim Woodward Brewster Stonehall
Dana Ivey Meredith Stonehall
Diane Salinger Margaret Bellingham
Francie Swift Sally Short
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild Moskeegee
Eric Schweig Metacomet
Sarah Campbell Prudence Stonehall
Judd Jones Mr. Bobbin
Nicholas Rice The Clerk
Len Doncheff Trader
Jodhi May Pearl
Marguerite McNeil Widow Wormser

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director,Producer
John Barry Score Composer
Robert F. Colesberry Co-producer
Edward Collins Camera Operator
John Dodds Stunts
Dodi Fayed Executive Producer
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Genson Cinematographer
Alex Green Stunts
Richard Harrison Set Decoration/Design
Buddy Joe Hooker Asst. Director
Jamie Jones Stunts
Tova Laiter Executive Producer
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Rocco Matteo Set Decoration/Design
Mike Mitchell Stunts
Thom Noble Editor
Suzy Parker Stunts
Fred Perron Stunts
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Alison Reid Stunts
Paul Rutledge Stunts
Rosalind Shingleton Set Decoration/Design
Douglas Day Stewart Screenwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Andrew G. Vajna Producer
Roy Walker Production Designer
Gordon White Set Decoration/Design
Tony Woollard Art Director

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The Scarlet Letter 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book for my English class and then decided to watch the movie, since I enjoyed the book so much. I do agree that Gary Oldman was perfect as Arthur Dimmesdale. He was very good at portraying the inner conflicts suffered by Dimmesdale. He is sexy without having to try. He definetly is the highlight of the entire movie. It it a decent protrayal of the book. I do like the fact the movie shows how Hester and Arthur's relationship developed, instead of in the book where it just starts as she is released from prison. I also liked the fact that in the movie, Hester was unashamed of her love and felt that it was no sin to love. Demi Moore portrays Hester as being a stronger, more independent woman, than her character was in the book. The movie is really good and I really did enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard much about how 'terrible' this movie is, but I loved it. I loved the beautiful scenery, and I loved the romance, even if it didn't keep 100% to Hawthorne's classic. I much preferred this versions' bitter-sweet ending to Hawthorne's. The acting may not be Oscar material, but it certainly was better than a lot of what else is out there. I highly recommend this movie to any romantic who loves a story with a happy ending set in wild, beautiful scenery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scarlet Letter is about sin and sex. If you choose sin over sex, then you will like the book better. If you choose sex over sin, then you will like the movie better.The movie was much more interesting then the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know if this movie could be worse, but it certainly could be better. I read the book for a high school English assingment, but unlike some, I enjoyed the book, and so was excited to see the movie. The plot of the movie deviates greatly from that of the book. Instead of focusing on the consequences of the sin, this movie mainly deals with the sin itself, throwing in (in a typical Hollywood style) plenty of gore and fairly graphic nudity, etc. Demi Moore's portrayal of Hester Prynne is laughable, and I found myself wondering why she was chosen for this part, except for her willingness to bare herself onscreen. Her English accent is almost as bad. Gary Oldman, on the other hand, was very believable as his character, if perhaps a little theatrical sometimes. While watching the film, I knew him as Arthur Dimmesdale, whereas anytime I looked at Hester Prynne, I thought ''Demi Moore''. Robert Duvall was really creepy. Overall, this movie is overlong and I think ''freely adapted'' from the novel is an understatement. You might watch it if you're a Gary Oldman fan, or if you have nothing better to do with two hours.
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