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The Age of Innocence (1993)

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final Martin Scorsese picture to be edited on a Moviola. 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 »


Ellen Olenska: How can we be happy behind the backs of people who trust us?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) See more »


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Written by Johann Strauß
Performed by The London Philharmonie
Courtesy of Collins Classics by arrangement with Allegro
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a masterpiece
1 May 2000 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Not being a particular fan of Edith Wharton, I was in no hurry to see this movie, but wanted to see what Scorsese & Day-Lewis did with it. I was absolutely floored! I think that, cinematically, it is the best picture Scorsese's done since Raging Bull. Beautiful & brilliant. I even thought that some scenes, particularly the dinners, were slightly reminiscent of Kubrick.

I thought Michelle Pfeiffer was absolutely superb. I don't follow her work much, but of what I do know, I find this to be her best - and most serious - performance to date. I was somewhat disappointed in Daniel Day-Lewis who I otherwise love to watch. I felt his performance was uneven. When he was "on", he was on, but at times his performance was stilted and even melodramatic which jarred his credibility. Wynona did a terrific job of portraying covert deviousness with a blank and/or airhead facade.

But what shone above all the acting was Scorsese's paintbrush. I'm so happy to see that he's still got it in him.

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