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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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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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The three lead actors - Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder - were all Martin Scorsese's first choices for the parts. See more »


During the baptism of Newland's and May's child, the family priest blesses the child with "the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit" instead of "the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost". The usage of this phrase only came about after the revision of the Episcopalian prayer book in the 1920s. See more »


Newland: We should travel everywhere.
Louisa van der Luyden: But not Naples. Doctor Bencomb says there is a fever there.
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Heiress (1949) See more »


Artist's Life
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonie
Courtesy of Sony Classical
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A masterpiece!
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Age of Innocence is simply the best work by director Martin Scorcese and is deservedly entitled to the numerous accolades it has received. Mr. Scorcese's style and panache is elaborate in his film adaptation of Edith Wharton's moving novel of a forbidden love and the desideration between the two. Pfeiffer gives the most heart-wrenching performance as the object of desire. Daniel Day Lewis, equally talented, is the tortured lover who must choose, a promise of marriage to Mae (Winona Ryder) or risk his stalwart reputation in society to express his love for Pfeiffer. The cinematography is beautiful and the cast phenomenal. I highly recommend this film to everyone.

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