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1 October 1993 (USA) See more »
In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Daniel Day-Lewis ... Newland Archer

Michelle Pfeiffer ... Ellen Olenska

Winona Ryder ... May Welland
Linda Faye Farkas ... Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis ... Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook ... Male Opera Singer
Jon Garrison ... Male Opera Singer

Richard E. Grant ... Larry Lefferts

Alec McCowen ... Sillerton Jackson

Geraldine Chaplin ... Mrs. Welland

Mary Beth Hurt ... Regina Beaufort

Stuart Wilson ... Julius Beaufort
Howard Erskine ... Beaufort Guest
John McLoughlin ... Party Guest
Christopher Nilsson ... Party Guest

Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Mingott

Siân Phillips ... Mrs. Archer
Carolyn Farina ... Janey Archer

Michael Gough ... Henry van der Luyden

Alexis Smith ... Louisa van der Luyden
Kevin Sanders ... The Duke
W.B. Brydon ... Mr. Urban Dagonet
Tracey Ellis ... Gertrude Lefferts

Cristina Pronzati ... Countess Olenska's Maid
Clement Fowler ... Florist

Norman Lloyd ... Mr. Letterblair
Cindy Katz ... Stage Actress

Thomas Gibson ... Stage Actor
Zoe ... Herself (as Zoë)

Jonathan Pryce ... Rivière

June Squibb ... Mingott Maid

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese ... Katie Blenker (as Domenica Scorsese)
Mac Orange ... Archer Maid

Brian Davies ... Philip
Thomas Barbour ... Archer Guest
Henry Fehren ... Bishop
Patricia Dunnock ... Mary Archer

Robert Sean Leonard ... Ted Archer

Joanne Woodward ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Ash ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Claire Bloom ... (uncredited)

Susan Lynn Bragg ... Debutante (uncredited)
Pasquale Cajano ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Tamasin Day-Lewis ... Lady admiring engagement ring (uncredited)

Catherine Scorsese ... (uncredited)

Charles Scorsese ... (uncredited)

Martin Scorsese ... Photographer (uncredited)
Michael Trout ... Man in Crowd / Gentleman with Lady (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Edith Wharton (novel "The Age of Innocence")

Jay Cocks (screenplay) &
Martin Scorsese (screenplay)

Produced by
Barbara De Fina .... producer
Bruce S. Pustin .... co-producer
Joseph P. Reidy .... associate producer (as Joseph Reidy)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Set Decoration by
Robert J. Franco 
Amy Marshall 
Costume Design by
Gabriella Pescucci 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair designer (as Alan Dangerio)
Michael Kriston .... hair stylist
Peter Owen .... wigs
Manlio Rocchetti .... special makeup effects artist
Antonio Sodda .... hair consultant
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Ms. Pfeiffer
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Antoine Garabedian .... head makeup artist: Paris (uncredited)
Craig Lyman .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jean-Pierre Avice .... unit production manager: Paris
Patricia Anne Doherty .... assistant production manager
Bruce S. Pustin .... unit production manager
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Burns .... second assistant director (as Joseph Burns)
Susan E. Fiore .... second second assistant director (as Susan Fiore)
Vincent Lascoumes .... second assistant director: Paris
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Mary Rae Thewlis .... dga trainee
Jean-Philippe Blime .... second assistant director: Paris (uncredited)
Art Department
Joanne Belonsky .... art department assistant (as Joanne Belansky)
Dan Davis .... assistant art director
Michele Giordano .... art department coordinator
Vincent Guarriello .... construction grip
Jean-Michel Hugon .... art director: Paris
Tamara Malkin-Stuart .... art department assistant
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeff Mazzola .... assistant property master
Robert Perdziola .... assistant art director
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
James Sorice .... chargeman scenic artist
Carl Sprague .... assistant art director (as Carl J. Sprague)
Dave Weinman .... key set dresser
Anthony Baldasare .... set dresser (uncredited)
Rick Butler .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Lauren Doner .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Anton Evangelista .... assist. to Mr. Ferretti (uncredited)
Vinny Mazzarella .... props (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Elaine O'Donnell .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Danny Rovira .... carpenter (uncredited)
Philippe Turlure .... set decorator: Paris (uncredited)
Alyssa Winter .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... assistant sound editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Laura Civiello .... dialogue editor
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... dialogue editor
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer (as Tod Maitland)
Sylvia Menno .... assistant sound editor
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator (as J.T. O'Mara)
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Joel Holland .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mike Maggi .... special effects operator
John Ottesen .... special effects coordinator
Ron Ottesen .... special effects operator (as Ronnie Ottesen)
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
Lynn Ledgerwood .... mechanical effects: Illusion Arts Inc. (as Lynn Ledgewood)
Mark Sawicki .... matte photographer: Illusion Arts Inc.
Robert Stromberg .... matte artist: Illusion Arts Inc.
Catherine Sudolcan .... production manager: Illusion Arts Inc.
John E. Sullivan .... matte photographer: Illusion Arts Inc. (as John Sullivan)
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical photographer: Illusion Arts Inc.
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Abraham .... gaffer: Paris
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator
Brian Fitzsimons .... dolly grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Charlie Freess .... key grip: Paris
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
John Lowry .... second grip
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant camera
Jim Manzione .... assistant chief lighting technician
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Anastas N. Michos .... Steadicam operator (as Anastos Michos)
Ray Quinlan .... chief lighting technician (as Raymond Quinlan)
Bob Becchio .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael Condro .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
John Fortunato .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Jean-Yves Freess .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Larry Huston .... first assistant camera Steadicam (uncredited)
David Knox .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting associate
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Julie Madison .... casting associate (as Julie A. Madison)
Deborah Rudy .... extras casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe attendant: men
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton .... wardrobe attendant: women (as Cheryl Kilbourne-Klimpton)
George Potts .... assistant costume designer
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor
Deirdre N. Williams .... wardrobe supervisor (as Deirdre Nicola Williams)
Giovanni Casalnuovo .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Patrick Chevillot .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Thom Heyer .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Janice Irwin .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Barbara Matera .... costume executor (uncredited)
Roseann Milano .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Alina Panova .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Carlo Poggioli .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Yasmine Amitai .... apprentice film editor
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Joel Hirsch .... second assistant film editor (as Joel R. Hirsch)
Alisa Lepselter .... first assistant film editor
Music Department
Emilie A. Bernstein .... orchestrator (as Emilie Bernstein)
Suki Buchman .... music editor
Steven Danenberg .... orchestra contractor
David Montgomery .... consultant: nineteenth century music
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant music editor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... transportation co-captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
Richard Curry .... driver: Ms. Pfeiffer (uncredited)
Other crew
Sandrine Ageorges .... unit location manager: Paris
Elizabeth Aldrich .... dance consultant
Elaine Bass .... title designer
Saul Bass .... title designer
Margaret Bodde .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Christine Bodelot .... unit production accountant: Paris
Len Brooks .... animal wrangler
Joanny Carpentier .... production coordinator: Paris
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor (as Kathryn M. Chapin)
Alesandra M. Cuomo .... production coordinator
John DeSimone .... production assistant (as John De Simone)
Patricia Anne Doherty .... location manager
Rick Ellis .... chef: nineteenth century meals
Amy Henkels .... assistant: Ms. De Fina
Julie Herrin .... production assistant
Joseph E. Iberti .... location associate: New York
Katherine Kennedy .... production secretary (as Katherine A. Kennedy)
Louise Lamanna .... assistant: Ms. Pescucci
Lily Lodge .... consultant: etiquette
Amy Lynn .... assistant: Ms. Pfeiffer
David McFadden .... consultant: table decoration
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Michael Nickodem .... location associate: Philadelphia
Heather Norton .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Wendy Sax .... assistant: Ms. De Fina
Robin Standefer .... video research consultant
Michael Stricks .... location associate: New York
Chris Sullivan .... animal wrangler
Sara Thorson .... production assistant (as Sara A. Thorson)
Melissa Unger .... assistant: Mr. Day-Lewis
Matilde Valera .... production accountant (as Matilde P. Valera)
Mark Van Holstein .... location associate: Troy (as Mark Von Holstein)
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... production assistant (as David Venghaus)
Michael X. Zelenak .... script editor
Julie Belthoise .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
James J. Ferris .... stage manager (uncredited)
Nicolas Foulatier .... location manager trainee: Paris (uncredited)
Jay Horne .... location assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (uncredited)
Olivier Servanin .... assistant location manager: Paris (uncredited)
Randy Sokol .... location assistant (uncredited)
Letitia Baldrige .... special thanks (as Ms. Letitia Baldridge)
Charles Scorsese .... dedicatee (as Luciano Charles Scorsese)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language
139 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Daniel Day-Lewis checked into the Plaza Hotel as "N. Archer" and lived there for 2 weeks wearing clothes suitable to his film character as research for Newland Archer.See more »
Boom mic visible: In the scene when Newland and May visit Mrs. Mingott after hearing of her stroke, as the servants carry her into the Drawing Room and set her down, a boom mic is visible at the to of the screen.See more »
Newland:Honest? Isn't that why you always admire Julius Beaufort? He was more honest than the rest of us, wasn't he, we've got no character, no color, no variety. I wonder why you just don't go back to Europe.
Ellen:I believe that's because of you.
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44 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Scorsese's ode to individuality!, 11 June 2001
Author: alvoalvo from San Francisco, CA

I have seen "The Age of Innocence" about 15 times since 1994, and find the argument as to whether it is boring or not to be fascinating. Period films are not for everyone, and if you lack an appreciation for subtlety then maybe something like "Joe Dirt" may be better suited for you. But what lies beneath this wonderful movie is a priceless ode to individuality.

Michelle Pfeiffer plays Ellen Olenska, a proto-feminist who flees from her failing European marriage to the home of her blood relatives in 1870's New York Society. She's been away for most of her life and the States are foreign to her, but she quickly realizes that she is viewed as threat, a black sheep ---and Society reacts to her as it would to a dirty black spot on a carpet or on one of their tuxedo shirts. "Harmony could be shattered by a whisper", as well narrated by Joanne Woodward.

Daniel Day-Lewis plays Newland Archer, an up-and-rising patriarch who sees something in her that no one else in his rich circle could offer him: an independent viewpoint to life. As a lawyer and a powerful member of his family, he bravely tries to protect Ellen from basically everyone, esp. members of their own family. Despite all of her difficulties, Countess Olenska refuses to part from her individuality: she smokes in front of Newland, does not hide from men in social situations, and criticizes her surroundings. Archer doesn't necessarily fall in love with her as a person but with what she represents: Romanticism and escape.

There is a lot to love about this film, which is more like a piece of art than a movie. Every scene and every bit of dialogue denotes elegance and brutality simultaneously. All of the leading and supporting characters are so believable and well formed that they trump anything Hollywood has been throwing at us in recent months. And the setting for this film is very unconventional, at least for the 90's. Through excellent film-making, I can see why Society felt the need to operate in such a ruthless fashion, in order to protect itself from Ellen and what she represented to Newland, its newly crowned prince.

Over the past few months, I have also grown an appreciation for Winona Ryder's performance as May. She is a shrewd politician, who uses her "bright blindness" as a megaphone for Society's rules of conduct, a weapon of manipulation against her destined husband Newland, and as a way to continue plotting without easily being detected.

I wonder how many more times I will watch "The Age of Innocence" before I risk being exposed to Hollywood's 21st century conformity, such as "Independence Day" or "Wild, Wild West". All I know is that Ellen Olenska (as one of my favorite cinematic heroines) serves to validate my own sense of individuality, and neither she nor the astonishing beauty of this Scorcese creation, will ever be boring. 10 out of 10 stars.

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