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The Scarlet Letter (1995)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 13, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 6, 2004
• R2: 3 May 2004

Budget $50,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence and sexuality.

Running Time
2 hours, 15 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista

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Other Titles
• The Scarlet Letter
• Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe (1996)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Infidelity, Religion, Erotic, Love

Tagline: When intimacy is forbidden and passion is a sin, love is the most defiant crime of all.

Plot: Roland Joffé's adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's seminal novel tells the story of an intolerant Puritan community in the early days of American settlement. In the 1660s, Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) makes the voyage to the New World in order to find religious freedom and a new home for her and her husband, Roger (Robert Duvall). However, Hester proves to be too free-spirited and strong-willed for most of the conservative Massachusetts Bay colony members. She abandons the laws of the colony and sets up a home far from the town square, living by her own rules and setting the townspeople's morals on end. While waiting for her husband's arrival from England, she befriends the town pastor, Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman), a liberal-minded and passionate man who instantly strikes Hester's fancy. Although the married woman and pious pastor are strongly attracted to one another, the two refuse to give in to temptation--until Roger is reported dead in a violent Indian massacre. When the townfolk hear about the ensuing scandal, they force Hester to wear a shameful scarlet "A" (for adultery) on her clothing at all times--while living as a moral and social outcast.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Twice-Told Tales, The Scarlet Letter, The Birthmark
Douglas Day Stewart
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Demi Moore
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Gary Oldman
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Robert Duvall
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Robert Prosky
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Joan Plowright
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Edward Hardwicke
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 Music By
John Barry
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