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The Scarlet Letter (2-Apr-1979)

Director: Rick Hauser

Writers: Allan Knee; Alvin Sapinsley

From novel: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Meg Foster
10-May-1948   B-movie starlet
John Heard
7-Mar-1945 21-Jul-2017 The Pelican Brief
Jay O. Sanders
16-Apr-1953   Steve Kordo on Crime Story
Daniel von Bargen
5-Jun-1950 1-Mar-2015 Kruger on Seinfeld


Review by anonymous (posted on 1-Sep-2006)

John Heard and Meg Foster make this an awesome movie to watch. Note that the "movie" itself is divided into 4 teleplays and requires some fastforwarding. The entire novel (by Nathaniel Hawthorne) is about a woman who must live with the public shame of wearing an "A" attached to her chest after being "caught" as an adulterer: How did they know? She's pregnant and her husband hasn't been around for that to happen. With a public display of her sin, she now must live with the guilt and shame of wearing it everywhere she goes. The letter "A" stands for and is a symbol of an "Adulterer". Sin committed in the 1600s, during a time when sin was penalized openly, received much harsher punishments than today. Not only does she have to look after herself (no husband in sight) but also has to care for and provide for her little b*st*rd child (as she is referred to), who is herself enough public display of her shameful past. And whom did she have the pleasure of sleeping with? None other than the town's religious clergyman, Minister Dimmsdale, who must also live with the guilt of having loved and slept with someone who was not his wife. He has created within him and lives in his very own hell as he is seen whipping himself daily as punishment for what he has done and as he walks about holding his fist to his heart. And Hester's own husband has the nerve to fake his way around town, including the minister's own house, as the physician who's come to rescue and nurse him back to health all the while poisoning him. The child, Pearl, tries to explain who made her by saying that she "had not been made at all, but had been plucked by her mother off the bush of wild roses that grew by the prison doorâ. The Scarlet Letter is a fantastic and well-written story that will be around for ages. MORE QUOTES FROM THE STORY: THE SCARLET LETTER But this had been a sin of passion, not of principle, nor even purpose. ~Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine" She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom. ~Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine" No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ~Chapter XX "The Minister in a Maze" She had wandered, without rule or guidance, into a moral wilderness. Her intellect and heart had their home, as it were, in desert places, where she roamed as freely as the wild Indian in his woods. The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers - stern and wild ones - and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss. ~Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine" ~quotegarden~

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