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Writers (WGA):
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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
Zoë ... Herself

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 ... The 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 at Beaufort Ball (uncredited)

Catherine Scorsese ... Elderly Woman at Jersey City Station (uncredited)

Charles Scorsese ... Elderly Man at Jersey City Station (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)
Louis J. Porzio .... carpenter (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 .... 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
Anne Brault .... assistant costume designer
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)
Marcia Patten .... costumer (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
Location Management
Sandrine Ageorges .... unit location manager: Paris
Patricia Anne Doherty .... location manager
Joseph E. Iberti .... location associate: New York
Michael Nickodem .... location associate: Philadelphia
Michael Stricks .... location associate: New York
Mark Van Holstein .... location associate: Troy (as Mark Von Holstein)
Julie Belthoise .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Nicolas Foulatier .... location manager trainee: Paris (uncredited)
Jay Horne .... location assistant (uncredited)
Olivier Servanin .... assistant location manager: Paris (uncredited)
Randy Sokol .... location assistant (uncredited)
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
Adonis Aletras .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Holston .... transportation co-captain
Michael Hyde .... transportation captain
Richard Curry .... driver: Ms. Pfeiffer (uncredited)
Other crew
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)
Rick Ellis .... chef: nineteenth century meals
Amy Henkels .... assistant: Ms. De Fina
Julie Herrin .... production assistant
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
Heather Norton .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Wendy Sax .... assistant: Ms. De Fina
Robin Standefer .... video research consultant
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)
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... production assistant (as David Venghaus)
Michael X. Zelenak .... script editor
Dianne E. Collins .... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)
James J. Ferris .... stage manager (uncredited)
Dominic Marcus .... adr supporting artist (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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Alec Guinness turned down the Alec McCowen part, as he wasn't happy with the salary on offer.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the grandmother tells Newland and May that a marble likeness of her hands was sculpted by a famous artist, you hear her say the name of the artist, but her lips look as though they've said something completely different.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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144 out of 162 people found the following review useful.
Scorsese's Ignored Masterpiece, 14 November 2003
Author: sundog1 from New Mexico

I actually saw this movie when it was released in 1993, and honestly it was pretty dull then. Of course I was 22, and the workings of that late-1800's New York society really didn't make much sense or have much relevance.

I think the film may have been ignored at its release because of the slew of other "period pieces" which were so popular (an eventually common) in the late 80's/early 90's... But watching it again 10 years later, this film is anything but common.

The true intensity is Scorcese's detached presentation of a hypocritical & hateful society which holds its members as prisoners.

Not to mention impeccable art direction & beautiful cinematography by the legendary Michael Ballhaus. The film looks as impressionistic as the paintings that line the walls of the characters' homes.

Scorsese is always acute in his casting decisions, and this is one of the films many virtues:

Lewis is perfect as a man who's struggle between his passion & his duty are constantly on the verge of devouring him (yet somehow he thrives on his torture).

Ryder is the seemingly innocent & naive girl who is completely manipulative & cunning underneath her exterior (gee, who would have thought?!) -- notice the arching scene.

In a sense, this was one of Pfeiffer's defining roles. Pfeiffer herself (in a sense) is an "outcast" who has never truly been accepted as a "serious" actress by her peers in the acting community. Watching this film again, it amazes me how this role somehow reflects her personal position in the current social structure of Hollywood, similar to her character existing in 1800's New York society.


What an amazing pic. I completely "missed it" the first time around. Great observance of "high society." Many of those codes are strangely applicable today.

Not recommended for those who like fast paced movies, or those who are looking for the "usual Scorcese." I would couple this with "Last Temptation of Christ" as Scorsese's most brave, artistic, demanding & abstract films to date.

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