- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 4, 2002
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 10/16/1995
"...Moore obviously connects with the frank, mind-of-her own aspect of Hester Prynne and makes a respectable account of the character on that basis....[The] production has been lushly mounted..."
Roland Joffé's adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's seminal novel tells the story of an intolerant Puritan community in the early days of American settlement. In the 1660s, Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) makes the voyage to the New World in order to find religious freedom and a new home for her and her husband, Roger (Robert Duvall). However, Hester proves to be too free-spirited and strong-willed for most of the conservative Massachusetts Bay colony members. She abandons the laws of the colony and sets up a home far from the town square, living by her own rules and setting the townspeople's morals on end. While waiting for her husband's arrival from England, she befriends the town pastor, Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman), a liberal-minded and passionate man who instantly strikes Hester's fancy. Although the married woman and pious pastor are strongly attracted to one another, the two refuse to give in to temptation--until Roger is reported dead in a violent Indian massacre. When the townfolk hear about the ensuing scandal, they force Hester to wear a shameful scarlet "A" (for adultery) on her clothing at all times--while living as a moral and social outcast.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Scarlet Letter
Sexy Demi Moore (DISCLOSURE, INDECENT PROPOSAL) heats up this powerfully sensual story of illicit love! In a time when adultery is punishable by death, Hester Prynne (Moore) becomes involved in a risky and scandalous affair with her town's handsome minister (Gary Oldman -- MURDER IN THE FIRST). But when their secret passion results in a child, Hester is confronted with the town's overwhelming scorn ... and is condemned to forever wear the scarlet letter "A" as a public brand of shame! A highly provocative retelling of the classic tale of forbidden love, THE SCARLET LETTER combines a sizzling story with exciting stars and delivers must-see entertainment.
THE SCARLET LETTER is director Roland Joffé's adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic American novel about an intolerant New England community that shuns a married woman for the sin of adultery, forcing her to raise her child alone and wear a scarlet "A" on her dress at all times.
- Theatrical release: October 13, 1995.
- This film version features a radically different ending than Nathaniel Hawthorne's original tale.