Study Guide compares the book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne to the movie The Scarlet Letter (1995) starring Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. Screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. Directed by Roland Joffe. The Demi Moore/Gary Oldman movie is the most accessible version of the book via DVD or streaming. The basic story doesn’t start for 50 minutes into the film. Hang on! There are some wild plot inventions that aren’t in the book, but the main characters and plot are fairly accurate.