The Scarlet Letter (1995)

ROLAND JOFFE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1995.  Allied Stars Ltd., Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures, Lightmotive, Moving Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

‘s Harlequin version of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne novel (which, in all fairness, the film never claims to be directly based on) is well acted but airheaded and dull. Her Hester Prynne is a sexually aware bombshell who scandalizes the town by turning all the men on and then seduces a minister (Gary Oldman), with whom she is caught. Naturally, the famous scarlet ‘A’ is pinned to her clothing, but the resolution is worked out completely differently from the way it was in the original source (happier, to be exact). Too insignificant to be an insult to Hawthorne’s work, but too limp to be worth the watch.

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