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The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 1 October 1993 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Newland Archer
... Ellen Olenska
... May Welland
Linda Faye Farkas ... Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis ... Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook ... Male Opera Singer
Jon Garrison ... Male Opera Singer
... Larry Lefferts
... Sillerton Jackson
... Mrs. Welland
... Regina Beaufort
... Julius Beaufort
Howard Erskine ... Beaufort Guest
John McLoughlin ... Party Guest
Christopher Nilsson ... Party Guest
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Storyline

Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a kindred spirit and they fall in love. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La edad de la inocencia  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,200,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The very large painting that Newland Archer is sitting in front of while in the Louvre is The Apotheosis of Henri IV by Peter Paul Rubens (completed in 1625). See more »

Goofs

Set in the 1870s, the dancers at the ball are dancing at one point to Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Emperor Waltz", which was not composed until 1888. See more »

Quotes

Ted Archer: Annie made me swear to do three things in Paris: get her the score of the latest Debussy songs, go to the Grand Guignol, and see Madam Olenska.
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Crazy Credits

The Columbia logo turns sepia to look like a 19th-century photograph. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: The Getaway/Blank Check/My Girl 2 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Radetzky March
Written by Johann Strauss Sr.
Performed by The Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Markets
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A masterpiece!
22 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Age of Innocence is simply the best work by director Martin Scorcese and is deservedly entitled to the numerous accolades it has received. Mr. Scorcese's style and panache is elaborate in his film adaptation of Edith Wharton's moving novel of a forbidden love and the desideration between the two. Pfeiffer gives the most heart-wrenching performance as the object of desire. Daniel Day Lewis, equally talented, is the tortured lover who must choose, a promise of marriage to Mae (Winona Ryder) or risk his stalwart reputation in society to express his love for Pfeiffer. The cinematography is beautiful and the cast phenomenal. I highly recommend this film to everyone.


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