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The Crucible - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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In 1692, the Devil was sprung loose upon the innocent and faithful community of Salem, Massachusetts.

A minister accidentally stumbles across a group of teenage girls dancing naked in the woods around a campfire. His interpretation is witchcraft, and in a way he is correct; one of the girls, Abigail Williams, drinks blood to kill Goodie Proctor, the wife of her ex-lover. Her actions, and the actions of the other girls, would cascade Salem into a horrifying and ignorant concession of trials in which the community would never recover.

Shocked by the strange actions of some young girls, and the minister's acknowledgement of the dancing, the community waits to hear the truth. Ministers from other communities arrive and declare that the Devil is loose in Salem. They ask the inflicted girls for the names of those allied with the Devil. Some of the nearby men, driven by greed, lust, and anger, spit out names for the girls to repeat, so that rivaling neighbors might be accused of witchcraft. And Abigail Williams realizes that this is her chance to once again be involved with John Proctor, by accusing his wife of being sided with the Devil.

The accusations and the trials continue, followed by several hangings... Those who confess to being a witch are placed in jail for a time, and then released, while those who refuse to give up their dignity and faith are placed in the noose, and sent to the place that they belong.

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