Washington Square (1997)

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Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »



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Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter for her money. But Catherine is determined to follow her heart, even if she loses her inheritance in the process. But just what are Townsend's intentions? Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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She must choose between her father's fortune... Or the man she loves.


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements including some sensuality, a childbirth scene and brief mild language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Erbin vom Washington Square  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,352 (USA) (3 October 1997)


DEM 103,171 (Germany) (3 April 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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At one point, Brooke Shields was cast as Catherine Sloper, but dropped out due to her commitment to the TV series Suddenly Susan (1996). See more »


Catherine Sloper: You treated me badly. I felt it very much. I felt it for years. It made a great change in my life. But I can't talk about it.
Morris Townsend: Why didn't you marry then. Levinia tells me there've been chances.
Catherine Sloper: I didn't wish to marry. Yes.
Morris Townsend: You had nothing to gain.
Catherine Sloper: I had nothing to gain. What ever else happened, I did, I did love once. Well, actually.
Morris Townsend: Do you hate me?
Catherine Sloper: No. But please don't come here again.
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Please Don't Come Here Again
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Wonderfully tragic film of romance and liberty.
24 October 1999 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

Usually I adore movies with no glitches - easy romance that merely comes to fruition. However, this film caught my eye in the video store and I impulsively rented it - I will forever be grateful to my instinct. For this film was amazing - a young woman who is unattractive physically, but beautiful inside. She yearns for the true, unconditional love that her father has never provided it to her. This story documents with grace and intense emotion her journey of discovery - for who really loves her and who she really is. The music is achingly poignant and supports a story that evokes such incredible feelings in its viewers. Washington Square isn't a film that makes you cry, it's one that makes you weep.

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