Based on the classic witch-hunt drama by playwright Arthur Miller, the movie version of the Crucible was produced in 1996 by 20th Century Fox. Arthur Miller wrote the screenplay as well.
A village, recreated as Salem in 1692, was built on Hog (also known as Choate) Island in Essex and much of the movie was shot there, as well as at the United Shoe Machinery plant (the present day Cummings Center) on Elliott Street in Beverly. The lead actors were Daniel Day Lewis, Winona Ryder and Paul Scofield. Many locals were used as extras on the crew.
A 1957 French film was made starring Simone Signoret and Yves Montand, directed by Raymond Rouleau. The film is an adaptation of the 1953 play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller and is spoken in French.
- Vertical File in Salem Collection - The Crucible
- Cinema Salem; a Cinematic Guide to the Witch City by Peter Mac, p.175-197
- "Treasured Island; Hog Island's great views, settings for Crucible get starring roles in tour" Salem Evening News, July 11, 1996, p C1
- "Set in Beverly; cameras rolling at the Show for filming of "The Crucible" Salem Evening News, Nov. 2, 1995, p.A1
- "Local actors on the set of "Crucible" Salem Evening News, Sept. 29, 1995, p.C1
- "Hog-Wild about Hollywood; Crucible proves lucrative for area's merchants" Boston Sunday Globe, North weekly p. N1
- "Arthur Miller revisits Salem" Boston Globe, Dec. 15, 1996 p. N1
- "Witchy woman: Winona Ryder makes fear the villain in the Crucible" Boston Sunday Globe, Dec. 15, 1996 N9
- "Wanted: some extra Puritans" Salem Evening News, Aug. 18, 1995, p.16
- "Crucible goes on location; No. Shore filming set for Witch trial story" Salem Evening News, July 7, 1995, p.1
- "Village gets props from "Crucible" Salem Evening News, Dec. 28, 1995, C3
- "Gloucester man helps create village of 1692" Salem Evening News, Sept. 7, 1995, p. C8
- "Danvers archivist getting set for fallout from "the Crucible"Boston Sunday Globe, Dec. 15, 1996, p. N9