The Scarlet Letter (1979) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Scarlet Letter (1979)





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Based on the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, this is the story of the infamous Hester Prynne, tried by her own townspeople in colonial Salem and found to be guilty of heinous fornication, adultery and of having born an illegitimate child. Her punishment--to be branded for the rest of her life with a scarlet A for adultery on her clothing.


Meg Foster
as Hester Prynne
Kevin Conway
as Chillingworth
John Heard
as Rev. Mr. Dimmesdale
George Martin
as The Rev. Mr. Wilson
Elisa Erali
as Pearl (age 7)
Josef Sommer
as Hawthorne
C.K. Alexander
as Bellingham
Margo Skinner
as Mistress Bellingham
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Critic Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

All Critics (1)

Hauser's four part adaptation of The Scarlet Letter stands upon the scaffold as the most literate and definitive version of the classic

March 13, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Scarlet Letter

The sound design is by far the worst part of the film, but the acting, screenwriting, and pacing are close seconds.

Jason 123 D
Jason 123 D

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