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Washington Square (1997)

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$1,710,693 (USA) (9 January 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Jennifer Jason Leigh beat out Meg Ryan and Diane Lane for the lead role. See more »


Catherine Sloper: Say it!
Catherine Sloper: Say what? That I wanted you with your money? Is that so immoral? Would you want me without my attributes? You have money, I have... I have "this." It was a fair exchange.
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Movie Twists James' intent
25 November 1998 | by (Evansville, Indiana) – See all my reviews

The film version of Henry James' novel twists the story James tried to convey. The director of the film took too many liberties with the film by adding scenes and distorting scenes as to make the drama point almost all fingers at the poor Doctor. I believe that the director did not make as much of an emphasis on the money as James originally did, and I believe that the director did not convey the faults within the love affair in order to make the drama more romantic. I think that a more strict adherence to James would have made the film just as romantic, but would have left the audience with the message that the lovers had just as many faults as the good Doctor.

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