In 1666 in the Massachusetts Bay colony, Puritans and the Algonquian have an uneasy truce. Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) arrives from England, seeking independence. Awaiting her husband, she establishes independence, fixing up a house, befriending Quakers and other outsiders. Passion draws her to the young pastor, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman). He feels the same; when they learn her husband has probably died at the hands of Indians, they consummate their love. A child is born, and on the day Hester is publicly humiliated and made to wear a scarlet letter, her husband appears after a year with Indians. Calling himself Chillingworth (Robert Duvall), he seeks revenge, searching out Hester's lover and stirring fears of witchcraft. Will his murderous plot succeed?Written by
(Based on Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings")
Performed by Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers
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Strayed from the book; even worse, made no sense whatsoever
Indians?! Excuse me? Did the person who adapted the screenplay even check out Cliffnotes to see what Hawthorne meant the plot to be?
I wouldn't mind as much if the movie had been titled differently. It's just plain disrespectful to use the name of a classic if you mean to change the whole point of the story. Moore was many things Hester shouldn't have been. Hester is a beautiful woman, a romantic, who loves but also knows, deep down, that her sin hurts herself as much as anyone else. Moore lacks any of the depth that Hester Prynne ought to have. And the ending? Pfft. Don't watch this. Read Hawthorne's book, it'll do you some good.
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