The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Roger Prynne (Robert Duvall), in a case of mistaken identity, kills an elder's son as opposed to his intended target, Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale (Gary Oldman). Dimmesdale discovers this and tries to warn his fellow Puritans, but they are WAY TOO panicked to listen. They capture the Praying Indians, but Arthur's Native American friend escapes to warn his chief so he can bring the braves. The Puritans attempt to hang Hester and her friends for witchcraft, but Dimmesdale owns up to his paternity and offers to take his love's place on the scaffold.
Meanwhile, Roger has committed suicide to avoid questioning. The Indians arrive just in time to save Hester, Dimmesdale and their daughter, Pearl. After the bloody battle and Roger's funeral, Hester gives the letter to Pearl (who later throws it away). Hester and Dimmesdale head for the Carolinas and live happily ever after.
Before the credits roll, Pearl tells the story of losing her father before her teen years and that her mother refused to remarry and never loved another man.
— Thanks to Suzie Sudsy Pants!
...who adds: "I know it's a far cry from the book, but I think I'm only
one of five people who liked this movie. I couldn't help crying!"
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