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The Scarlet Letter (1995)

The Scarlet Letter



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Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel of Puritan repression becomes an oversexed melodrama in this extremely loose adaptation. Critically ridiculed, this historical drama takes the novel's story of the disastrous results of an affair between a Puritan woman and a pastor and adds in plenty of sex, violence, and other "modern" touches.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas Day Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
Buena Vista


Demi Moore
as Hester Prynne
Gary Oldman
as Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Duvall
as Roger Chillingworth
Edward Hardwicke
as John Bellingham
Roy Dotrice
as Thomas Cheever
Malcolm Storry
as Major Dunsmuir
Jim Bearden
as Goodman Mortimer
Larissa Lapchinski
as Goody Mortimer
Amy Wright
as Goody Gotwick
George Aguilar
as Johnny Sassamon
Tim Woodward
as Brewster Stonehall
Joan Gregson
as Elizabeth Cheever
Dana Ivey
as Meredith Stonehall
Diane Salinger
as Margaret Bellingham
Jocelyn Cunningham
as Mary Rollings
Francie Swift
as Sally Short
Eric Schweig
as Metacomet
Jodhi May
as Pearl
Kristen Fairlie
as Faith Stonehall
Sarah Campbell
as Prudence Stonehall
Judd Jones
as Mr. Bobbin
Anthony Paton
as Town Beadle
Marguerite McNeil
as Widow Wormser
Kennetch Charlette
as Tarrantine Chief
Deborah Tennant
as Quaker Lady
Kateri Walker
as Female Sachem
Shaun R. Clark
as Militia Guardsman
Jay Carmichael
as Militia Guardsman
Jason Parkhill
as First Guardsman
Jeremy Keddy
as Drummer Boy
Nicholas Rice
as The Clerk
Ashley Nolan
as Goody Hunter
Stephen Aderneck
as Speaking Native
Evelyn Francis Isaac
as Algonquin Native
Gary Joseph Thorup
as Native Rider
Stephen Micalchunk
as Passenger No. 1
Jeremy Akerman
as Middle Aged Passenge...
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Critic Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

"Freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne," the credits say cautiously. I'll say.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A very '90s take on a 1660s tale written in 1850, as a picture of early colonial life it's about as convincing as Pocahontas.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Not only does the film bear little resemblance to the source novel, but it's cluttered with ridiculous symbolism.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you've read the book you won't know the ending. Let's just say that Indians with flaming arrows come to the rescue. They manage to keep a straight face, which is more than anyone in the audience will be able to do.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This is a well-acted, beautiful movie.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Though it's unclear what the audience would be for a faithful rendition of the Hawthorne novel, the question of who would ever want to see this one is murkier still.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

M'eh. Demi Moore was a poor choice to star in this classic story. She doesn't really have the gravitas to pull it off and she's got zero chemistry with Oldman. I'd recommend it if you don't want to read the book and Cliff's Notes are too expensive. Otherwise, it's not much of a diversion.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A ridiculously loose adaptation that squanders the depth of its source material in favor of a generic overlong soap opera with laughably ham-fisted symbolism. English teachers may get a good laugh but otherwise stay far away from this star-studded turkey.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


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

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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