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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 <>

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


Drama | Romance

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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Winona Ryder had written a book report in ninth grade on this very novel. See more »


When Newland is sitting outside Ellen's apartment waiting for his son, the butler closes the window. As he does so, the window catches the bright sun several times and is reflected on Newland's face. As he walks away, the sun is obviously (by shadows) coming from the opposite direction thus it would be impossible for it to be reflected by the window. See more »


Ellen Olenska: I think we should look at reality, not dreams.
Newland Archer: I just want us to be together!
Ellen Olenska: I can't be your wife, Newland! Is it your idea that I should live with you as your mistress?
Newland Archer: I want... Somehow, I want to get away with you... and... and find a world where words like that don't exist!
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The Columbia logo turns sepia to look like a 19th-century photograph. See more »


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Emperor Waltz Op 437
Written by Johann Strauß
Performed by The London Philharmonie
Courtesy of Collins Classics by arrangement with Allegro
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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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