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The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  1 October 1993 (USA)
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A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Faye Farkas ...
Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis ...
Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook ...
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Jon Garrison ...
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Howard Erskine ...
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Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La edad de la inocencia  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$32,000,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


So far, this is the only movie Martin Scorsese has directed that was adapted from a novel that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature. See more »


Early in the story, Ellen and Beaufort enter Mrs. Mingott's home as Archer, May and Mrs. Welland are leaving. As May is heard saying "Good bye, Ellen," May looks in her direction as the words are said, but May's lips are clearly not moving See more »


Ted Archer: The day before she died, she asked to see me alone, remember? She said she knew we were safe with you and always would be because once when she asked you to, you gave up the thing you wanted most.
Newland Archer: [after a long pause] She never asked. She never asked me.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia logo turns sepia to look like a 19th-century photograph. See more »


Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.19 (2011) See more »


Written by Charles Gounod
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Scorcese's Answer to Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon"
2 May 2000 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

In the 70's, the decade's greatest director Stanley Kubrick broke from his series of groundbreaking films to make a long period piece. That movie, "Barry Lyndon", was met with much critical acclaim, but also a litany of derision from fans and critics alike who called it too slow, too ponderous and too boring. Nearly 20 years later, the world's leading director of that time, Martin Scorcese took the same steps and met with much of the same criticism.

These two movies are not for everyone. If you want to see action and fast-paced filmmaking, you will find them boring. However, if you want to see the pinnacles of the careers of the two greatest directors of the second half of the 20th century, you will find them here.

Enough has been said about the plot and the acting in "The Age of Innocence". The bottom line is that for pure cinematic luster and beauty, the 90's offers only a single movie that can match "Barry Lyndon". Don't watch the clock, watch the film, and enjoy a departure and a triumph that proves the depth and confidence of Scorcese's skills.

Lastly, don't let anyone spoil the ending for you, and don't jump to conclusions. Think about it after you've seen the movie, savour it for a while and the understanding will come to you. This movie quite simply has the finest ending of any movie I have ever seen.

"The Age of Innocence" is the 10 that rises just above Scorcese's string of 9 1/2s. See it.

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