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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.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Edith Wharton (novel), Jay Cocks (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder ... May Welland
Linda Faye Farkas Linda Faye Farkas ... Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis Michael Rees Davis ... Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook Terry Cook ... Male Opera Singer
Jon Garrison Jon Garrison ... Male Opera Singer
Richard E. Grant ... Larry Lefferts
Alec McCowen ... Sillerton Jackson
Geraldine Chaplin ... Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt ... Regina Beaufort
Stuart Wilson ... Julius Beaufort
Howard Erskine Howard Erskine ... Beaufort Guest
John McLoughlin John McLoughlin ... Party Guest
Christopher Nilsson 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La edad de la inocencia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The interior of Mrs. Mingott's house was filmed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house in downtown Troy, NY, home to about 35 men at the time. Setup and filming took approximately three weeks and was done while school was still in session. The first floor was the only one used for filming and during shoots members of the house had to remain silent upstairs or leave the house. The shot of the house as a solitary structure on a small hill is movie magic, as the house is surrounded on both sides by other buildings. See more »

Goofs

When Newland first visits Ellen at her house (the day after the party at the Van der Leydens) the boom mic is visible above her head as she's removing her gloves and hat. See more »

Quotes

May Welland: What are you reading?
Newland Archer: Oh, it's a book about Japan.
May Welland: Why?
Newland Archer: I don't know. Because, it's a different country.
May Welland: You used to read poetry. It was so nice when you read it to me.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1993 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Marble Halls
Arranged by Enya, Roma Ryan and Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of Reprise Records and Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Splendid Look Back At Luchino Visconti
1 October 2012 | by melissacasting-orgSee all my reviews

Exquisite and yet dark, pungent, unforgiving. The best, the most cinematic kind of period drama since Visconti's "Senso'. Martin Scorsese is, without question, the master of his generation. After his dark paintings of New York, the New York of "Taxi Driver" or "The King Of Comedy" this look back at a time when not just New York, but America was defining its identity. Daniel Day Lewis is sublime and Michelle Pfeiffer gives the performance of her life. I was also profoundly moved for that glimpse of Alexis Smith in her last film appearance and the wonderful voice of Joanne Woodward narrating Edith Wharton's words. Thank you!


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