Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials

Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Kirstie Alley, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov

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In the tradition of Arthur Miller's McCarthy-era play The Crucible, this two-part TV dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials was heavily influenced by the present-day political scene. Rev. Parris (Henry Czerny), spiritual leader of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, needs a unifying issue to end the intramural squabbling between the town's Puritans. When the daughters of Ann and Thomas Putnam (Kirstie Alley and Jay O. Sanders) begin behaving in a bizarre, disruptive fashion, Parris knows that he has found something that can be transformed into a target of unilateral hatred for his flock. Before long, the Putnam girls and the family's servant Titubea (Gloria Reuben) have been labeled as witches, and eventually the hysteria spreads throughout the town, with anyone who doesn't agree with the status quo running the risk of public ostracism, and ultimately, execution for witchcraft (the eventual fate of 20 unfortunates). The climax is devoted to the notorious witch trials, staged at the behest of the Massachusetts colony's politically ambitious deputy governor (Peter Ustinov). Shirley MacLaine makes a rare TV appearance as the ill-fated Rebecca Nurse. Salem Witch Trials was presented by CBS on March 2 and 4, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
UPC: 0096009003913
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Echo Bridge
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 3:09:00
Sales rank: 33,828

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirstie Alley Ann Putnam
Shirley MacLaine Rebecca Nurse
Peter Ustinov William Stoughton, deputy governor
Gloria Reuben Titubea
Henry Czerny Rev. Parris
Jay O. Sanders Thomas Putnam
Katie Boland Annie Putnam
Alan Bates Governor Sir William Phip
Camille Wainwright Sarah Hawthorne
Elana Shilling Betty Parris
Sophie Bennett Abigail Williams
Nadia Litz May Walcott
Marion Bennett Mercy Lewis
Zachary Bennett Joseph Putnam
Kristin Booth Lizzie
Colin Fox Isreal Porter
Adrian Hough Ezekial Godfrey
Hannah Lochner Dorcas Good
Cara Pifko Marry Warren
Dixie Seatle Sarah Osborn
Ned Vukovic Village Constable
Rebecca de Mornay Actor

Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director
Ed Gernon Executive Producer
Pierre Gill Cinematographer
Jonathan Goldsmith Score Composer
Debra Karen Editor
Martha Mann Costumes/Costume Designer
Maria Nation Teleplay
Dean A. O'Dell Art Director
Nancy Pankiw Production Designer
John Ryan Producer
Peter Sussman Executive Producer
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer

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