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The Crucible | 1996 | PG-13 | - 4.3.2

Daniel Day-Lewis is the put-upon John Proctor and Winona Ryder is the girl initiating witch hunt hysteria in this film adaptation of the famous play.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Sexual innuendo, kissing. Ryder grabs Day-Lewis' crotch and forces him to grab hers in a later scene (clothed both times, Ryder sighs during it). A brief shot of bare breasts twice and bare buttocks (female).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Slaps, scuffles, falls, bloody wrists (due to handcuffs). A woman kills a rooster and smears blood on her mouth. A servant is flogged and a woman pulls a sharp object from her abdomen and the wound is a little bloody. A man has stones placed on his chest until he dies and some people are hanged and we see swinging feet and hear their necks snap.

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LANGUAGE 2 - A few mild obscenities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Witchcraft, religious hysteria, vengeance.
MESSAGE - Fight for your good name; the self-righteous majority isn't always right or moral.
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