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Washington Square -- A lonely young woman in search of happiness is finally swept off her feet.  But her father's doubts of the young man's intentions threaten to end the relationship.


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Writers (WGA):
Henry James (novel)
Carol Doyle (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 1997 (USA) See more »
She must choose between her father's fortune... Or the man she loves.
Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Catherine Sloper

Albert Finney ... Dr. Austin Sloper

Maggie Smith ... Aunt Lavinia Penniman

Ben Chaplin ... Morris Townsend

Judith Ivey ... Aunt Elizabeth Almond
Arthur Laupus ... Mr. Almond

Jennifer Garner ... Marian Almond

Robert Stanton ... Arthur Townsend
Betsy Brantley ... Mrs. Montgomery

Nancy Daly ... Maureen (Maid)
Sara Ruzicka ... Catherine Sloper (age 11)
Rachel Layne Sacrey ... Sarah Almond
Rachel Osborne ... Alice Almond

Scott Jaeck ... John Ludlow

Peter Maloney ... Jacob Webber (Notary)

Lauren Hulsey ... Edith
Sara Constance Marshall ... Therese (maid)
Marissa Anna Muro ... Paris Singer
Loretto McNally ... Midwife
Eva Jean Berg ... Sloper's Cook

David Hildebrand ... Engagement Party Pianist
James J. Waltz ... Engagement Party Singer

Peter Klaus ... Engagement Party Guest
Jack Lilley ... Carriage Driver
Janet Paparazzo ... Guillotine Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Hock ... Soldier
Chris Johnstone ... Soldier
Speros Marinos ... Soldier
Stan McGee ... Soldier
Scott Rader ... Soldier
John Steen ... Soldier
Larry Amon ... Orderly (uncredited)

Emily Allyn Barth ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Brandi Burkhardt ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Mike Campbell ... Med Student (uncredited)
Will Dinsmoor ... Extra (uncredited)

Ryan Duncan ... Porter (uncredited)
Bruce Lindsay ... Extra (uncredited)

Katie Whicker ... Girl in the Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Agnieszka Holland 
Writing credits
Henry James (novel)

Carol Doyle (screenplay)

Produced by
Julie Bergman Sender .... producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Randy Ostrow .... executive producer
Chrisann Verges .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Zielinski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Siegel 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
Production Design by
Allan Starski 
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino 
Costume Design by
Anna B. Sheppard  (as Anna Sheppard)
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... hair stylist
Wayne Herndon .... key hair stylist
Barbara Lacy .... key makeup artist
Aaron F. Quarles .... hair stylist: Maggie Smith
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Pat Rand .... post-production manager
Chrisann Verges .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary-Jane April .... second assistant director
Andrew Chojecki .... assistant director
Ivan J. Fonseca .... second assistant director
Robert Schick .... second second assistant director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... first assistant director (as Ellen Schwartz)
Amanda Slater .... second second assistant director
J. Miller Tobin .... first assistant director
David H. Venghaus Jr. .... second assistant director (as Dave Venghaus)
Art Department
Genevieve Abate .... props supplier
Kasia Adamik .... storyboard artist
Elizabeth Bell .... set dresser
Randy Bobbitt .... intern
Christopher L. Conner .... second greensman
Sarah Costello .... painter
F. Dale Davis .... set dresser
Michael Davis .... construction coordinator
Susanna Glattly .... scenic artist
Randy G. Herbert .... carpenter
R. Mark Hughes .... assistant props
Kristina Kilpe .... set dresser
Jay Klein .... lead man
Ted Lubonovich II .... construction gang boss
Ethan McQuerrey .... gangboss
Thomas C. Mentzer .... carpenter
John Millard .... set dresser
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist
Ellen Sara Popiel .... art department coordinator
Kenny Sheehan .... set dresser
Rob Simons .... assistant art director
Jeff Stacy .... set dresser
Thomas Turnbull .... construction foreman
Lorraine Walker .... property master
Stephen B. Walker .... property master
Elizabeth Weber .... set dresser (as Elizabeth A. Weber)
Becky Weidner .... assistant set decorator (as Rebecca L. Weidner)
Joseph E. Stone .... supplier (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barosky .... sound
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Tim Boggs .... supervising adr editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Benjamin L. Cook .... sound effects editor (as Benjamin Cook)
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
Sean Fahimian .... assistant dialogue editor
Sean Fahimian .... assistant sound editor
Michael Ferdie .... dialogue editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Hank Garfield .... sound mixer
Patrick Giraudi .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Marilyn Graf .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... supervising dialogue editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor
Thomas Jones .... dialogue editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
David Mann .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
David Melhase .... sound effects editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Shin .... dialogue editor
Micah Solomon .... boom operator (as Todd Micah Solomon)
Tony Suraci .... foley editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley editor
Kelly Vandever .... assistant sound editor
Marc Vanocur .... sound editor
Donna Barrett .... cable (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David L. Gerlach .... special effects
Douglas Retzler .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Pascal Charpentier .... visual effects supervisor
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
Fred Place .... digital compositor
Paul Swendsen .... matte painter
Paul Swendsen .... visual effects supervisor
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt coordinator
Jack Ward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Alexonis .... grip (as Mike Alexonis)
Kevin Barnes .... electrician
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Dean Citroni .... grip
Fred Cooper .... dolly grip
Ross Dunkerley .... electrician
Megan Forste .... second assistant camera
Rodney French .... key rigging grip
Joseph E. Gallagher .... first assistant camera
Toulouse Holliday .... grip
Dan Jones .... electrician
Jay Kemp .... electrician (as Jay Douglas Kemp)
Richard H. Kryder .... electrician
Robena Malicoat .... best boy grip
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Richard Merryman .... camera operator
Vojislav Mikulic .... gaffer (as Voya Mikulic)
Kenneth Morton .... grip
Michael K. O'Melia .... electrician
Steve Owen .... best boy grip
Carlo Papica .... best boy electric
Brian H. Reynolds .... key grip
Lee Shapira .... grip
Mark William Shell .... electrician
Richard William Strodel .... grip
Rick Strodel .... grip
David J. Thompson .... second second assistant camera
Michael Tolochko .... best boy electric
Rick Uva .... grip
Niel Williams .... grip
Rob Coughlin .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pat Moran .... casting: Baltimore
Susan Stolar .... casting assistant
John Strawbridge .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Brikowski .... costume shop supervisor (as Elizabeth Brikowski)
Mark Burchard .... costume supervisor
Deb Dalton .... key costumer
Morgan Elliott .... assistant costume designer
Mara Majorowicz .... key costumer
Tim McKelvey .... key costumer: men
Michael O'Conner .... costume supervisor: London
Thomas F. Timlin Jr. .... set costumer
Martha R. Timlin .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Terry Claborn .... color timer
Marisa Johnston .... post-production coordinator
Mark L. Levine .... first assistant editor
Stuart Sperling .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marshall Bowen .... music adaptor: Stephen Foster excerpts
Krzesimir Debski .... conductor
Bruce Fowler .... additional orchestrator
Bruce Fowler .... music arranger: "Araby's Daughter" and "Natalie Waltz"
Taylor Graves .... playback singer
Andy Hill .... music supervisor
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Ronald Mutchnik .... musician: "Washington Square Waltz"
Maria Newman .... musician
Transportation Department
Patrick Bentz .... transportation co-captain
Cary Kelley .... transportation coordinator
Michael Luckeroth .... transportation captain
Dennis Salomone Sr. .... transportation coordinator (as Dennis Salomone)
Gerald Titus .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Elizabeth Aldrich .... choreographer
Joan Altman .... production accountant
Charley Armstrong .... assistant location manager
Donna Asher-Ross .... production assistant
Christian Auber .... adr voice
Christopher Barbour .... production assistant (as Chris Barbour)
Charles Bazaldua .... adr voice
Denise A. Beale .... production assistant
Terrence Beasor .... adr voice
Jill Bennett .... second assistant accountant
Carley A. Berkman .... production secretary
Cathy Cavadini .... adr voice (as Catherine Cavadini)
Shad Challis .... production assistant
Danielle Christine .... adr voice
Ann Christman .... production assistant
David Coburn .... adr voice
Melissa Stanley Cohen .... assistant production coordinator
Deirdre De Tappan .... production coordinator
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor
Debra Donaldson .... location manager (as Bebra Donaldson Dorsey)
Cody Dorkin .... adr voice
Ned Dowd .... head of production: Caravan Pictures
Tim Downs .... location manager
Judi M. Durand .... adr voice (as Judi Durand)
Lauren Erickson .... assistant: Ms Jason Leigh
Deborah Fallender .... adr voice
Sarah Freeman .... adr voice (as Sarah Rayne)
Lillian Garrett .... adr voice
Walter Glinowiecki .... craft service (as Walter Glinoweicki)
Anneliese Goldman .... adr voice
Gregory Grudt .... adr voice
Vernon Guinn .... production assistant
Trishalee Hardy .... adr voice
Doris Hess .... adr voice
Lil Heyman .... production assistant: London
Jeff Johnson .... set medic
Carlyle King .... adr voice
Daamen J. Krall .... adr voice (as Daamen Krall)
Marsha Kramer .... adr voice
Jennifer Kushner .... production assistant
Michael Kvirikadze .... production assistant
Adam Laws .... assistant location manager
Shelley Levin .... assistant to executive producer
Marshall Lewy .... production assistant
Nita Long-Mawyer .... specialty wrangler
Cyndi Martin .... production assistant
David McCharen .... adr voice
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Tim J. Nelson .... production assistant
Roger O'Malley .... location manager
Dick Parkinson .... head wrangler
Dick Parkinson .... wrangler gang boss
Jacqueline Shea Pfeifer .... production coordinator
Ebick Pizzadili .... adr voice
Lani Pollock .... assistant: Ms. Bergman Sender
Dale Raoul .... adr voice
Judith Rheiner .... unit publicist (as Judith D. Rheiner)
Guy H. Rocourt II .... production assistant (as Guy Rocourt)
Gary Schwartz .... adr voice
Vernon Scott .... adr voice
Amanda Slater .... key production assistant
Joel Swetow .... adr voice
Alice Tompkins .... script supervisor
Peter Torrey .... adr voice
John Paul Vignon .... adr voice
Andy Wheeler .... payroll accountant (as Andrew Wheeler)
Sara E. White .... production coordinator (as Sara White)
Benjamin Whitehouse .... first assistant accountant (as Benj Whitehouse)
Marlena Wilkens .... assistant: Mr. Birnbaum
Heather Plott .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael W. Trainor .... production assistant (uncredited)
K.L. Connie Wang .... assistant script clearance administrator (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic elements including some sensuality, a childbirth scene and brief mild language
115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
Please Don't Come Here AgainSee more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Jennifer Jason Leigh Is Miraculous, 17 August 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This is a masterpiece of film-making, both because of the talented Polish director Agnieszka Holland, and the performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh. This is the best performance by Leigh which I have seen, and I always think she is inspired, but here she truly transcends herself. It is simply one of the greatest cinematic performances of the 1990s. Rarely has an actress so intimately portrayed the most subtle nuances of mood so well. Such an intimate film could only have been directed by a woman, and I don't believe Leigh could have done this for a male director, not even her chum, the late Robert Altman. The performance by Leigh is really as delicate as gossamer, and she spins a transparent silky web of tormented love with such intensity she outdoes even Olivia de Havilland, who played the role before her in 'The Heiress' long ago, and to do that is a miracle! The only way to describe Leigh's performance is to say that she has a 'naked face'. She seems determined to hide nothing. Pathological shyness has rarely been shown so clearly. Throughout the film, Leigh does a progressive striptease of the soul, and she ends up with nothing on but her hard-earned sense of self worth, which cloaks her admirably. Ben Chaplin is a perfect choice for the young suitor, and he mixes goodness and elegance with the desperate grasping nature of the character in an ideal cocktail that is deadly while it is sweet. And Albert Finney surpasses himself as the father so eaten up with bitterness at his wife's death in childbirth that he can never forgive his pathetic daughter for 'killing her', and actively hates and persecutes her for her entire lifetime. Henry James wrote the novel, and he knew a thing or two about people. I once knew someone who had actually met Henry James, namely Dorothy Pound, and I asked her what he was like. (Well you would, wouldn't you?) She said she never had any real conversation with him because he spent all his time talking to Ezra, and they would meet from time to time strolling in Hyde Park, when James always had an attractive young woman on his arm, he would say something pleasant to the Pounds, and then he would be off. I said but what was he LIKE? She said: 'He wore a beautiful red waistcoat.' So there you go. And so does Albert Finney, as a crusty old port drinker with an American accent in this harrowing and tragic tale of intensity in the Square. By the way, the film was shot in Baltimore, and achieves a high degree of authenticity with well-preserved old houses, both inside and out. As time passes in the story, the style of 19th century costumes changes appropriately. Everything is done with finesse. The film commences with the most stunning continuous moving shot, starting in the square, then going up to the front door of the house, 21 Washington Square, then entering the house, moving through it, going up the stairs, and entering the bedroom while a newborn baby cries O.S. and the mother lies dead on her bed with her eyes open wide. Finney lies down beside her and says: 'Now you will be together in heaven with our son.' What a way to open a film! And the final scene of the film, which I must not describe, is equally impressive in a completely different way, with the last shot featuring an incredible lighting effect. Technically, the film is perfect. Holland did not have Wajda as her mentor for nothing, and she is a true artist. I believe this is the finest of all the many excellent films based on Henry James stories, and most of them are so good, that is high praise indeed.

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