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Salem Witch Trials (2003)





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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.

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Kirstie Alley
as Ann Putnam
Shirley MacLaine
as Rebecca Nurse
Alan Bates
as Sir William Phips
Henry Czerny
as Rev. Samuel Parris
Jay O. Sanders
as Thomas Putnam
Katie Boland
as Annie Putnam
Peter Ustinov
as William Stoughton
Rebecca De Mornay
as Elizabeth Parris
Camille Wainwright
as Sarah Hawthorne
Elana Shilling
as Betty Parris
Kristin Booth
as Lizzy Porter
Sophie Bennett
as Abigail Williams
Nadia Litz
as May Walcott
Marion Bennett
as Mercy Lewis
Zachary Bennett
as Joseph Putnam
Colin Fox
as Isreal Porter
Adrian Hough
as Ezekial Godfrey
Hannah Lochner
as Dorcas Good
Cara Pifko
as Marry Warren
Dixie Seatle
as Sarah Osborn
Ned Vukovic
as Village Constable
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Critic Reviews for Salem Witch Trials

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There was no reason to expect a network miniseries on a lurid subject to be so shrewdly cast, smartly written, and subtly shot as this one has been

January 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Salem Witch Trials

It was alright, but a bit too long. I think they could have gone more in-depth emotionally while still shortening it a bit.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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Overlong, somewhat repetitive drama. With this much talent on the sheet it really should have been MUCH better. Actually it seems the less time the actors appear the better advantage they are shown. Rebecca De Mornay and especially Alan Bates acquit themselves well.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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