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In yet another example of Demi Moore's astonishing narcissism, this appalling adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Great American Novel becomes a teary, talk-show-worthy story of a woman rediscovering the erotic, of interrupted love, of a brave-but-beleaguered heroine's personal struggle against male stupidity. Never mind that this has little to do with Hawthorne's magnificent, protofeminist book, which is a million times more relevant today than this film could ever be. Director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) deserves to be horsewhipped for colluding with Moore's self-fascination, while Gary Oldman should be kicked in the pants for allowing the novel's main character to come off as an inconsequential ninny. Making matters worse, Robert Duvall can be seen ridiculously dancing with a deerskin on his head. If this film were a joke, it would be a very bad joke. But it's not, and that's worse. --Tom Keogh

Cast

Demi MooreHester Prynne
Gary OldmanRev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert DuvallRoger Chillingworth
Edward HardwickeGov. John Bellingham
Robert ProskyHorace Stonehall
Roy DotriceRev. Thomas Cheever
Joan PlowrightHarriet Hibbons
Diane SalingerMargaret Bellingham

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Roland Joff?
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 135 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 13, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 6, 2006
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