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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Elizabeth Almond
Arthur Laupus ...
Mr. Almond
Marian Almond
Arthur Townsend
Betsy Brantley ...
Mrs. Montgomery
Maureen (Maid)
Sara Ruzicka ...
Catherine Sloper (age 11)
Rachel Layne Sacrey ...
Sarah Almond
Rachel Osborne ...
Alice Almond
John Ludlow
Jacob Webber (Notary)


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.


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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 USA:

$14,352, 5 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,710,693, 11 January 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Dr. Austin Sloper: On the Alps, to Catherline Sloper - How obscene that your mother should give her life so you could inhabit space on this earth.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Tu chiami una vita
Lyrics by Salvatore Quasimodo
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven and Joseph Williams
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Openly emotional/no buffers
27 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

I rented WS in order to compare Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance in this with her performance in Kansas City. Both are period pieces, and in both i sensed her willingness to submerge a modern self into the demands of the historic period. This is frightening to behold--Albert Finney is rock-hard, with glimpses of natural paternal sentiment that only make his determined hardness the more monstrous. So, his daughter is his victim--a victim of culture, a victim of circumstance--a victim of miscommunications, a victim of her lover, of her aunt? It's all a little hard to bear, except that, as the motif of endurance emerges, the formation of a protective shell over the passions of the young is, finally, a relief. I don't know if there is enough popcorn and chocolate/caramel/you-name-it to make sitting through this story actually enjoyable. Beautifully dressed and accompanied by exquisite score, it's a tragedy with a conclusion of unillumined defeat. Although Katherine, Leigh's role, keeps for herself, privately, the apparent pleasure of the memory of passion. Is this James's modern leaning? Anyway, I rated it high, because as a window into history it's at least fascinating.

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