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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

In the novel, May Welland Archer is described as fair while Ellen Olenska has dark hair. Here in the film, it is switched since Winona Ryder as May is a brunette and Michelle Pfeiffer as Ellen is blonde. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the opera scene (shot at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia) there is an exterior shot of the building. Reflected in the glass doors of the opera house is a neon parking garage sign. To be accurate, neon wasn't even discovered until 1898. See more »

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The Narrator: Regina Beaufort came from an old South Carolina family; but, her husband Julius, who passed for an Englishman, was known to have dissipated habits, a bitter tongue, and mysterious antecedents. His marriage assured him a social position, but not necessarily respect.
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The Columbia logo turns sepia to look like a 19th-century photograph. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Tales From The Vienna Woods
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by The London Philharmonie
Courtesy of Collins Classics by arrangement with Allegro
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A Stunning Law Breaker
7 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw "The Aviator" a couple of days ago and while I still have Howard Hughes flying through my brain I felt the need to see again another Scorsese. I have all of his films in my collection. I closed my eyes and picked one, just like that, at random. "The Age Of Innocence" This is what happens with great artists, you can always re visit them and you'll come out of the experience with something new, something valuable. Transported by the sublime voice of Joanne Woodward I took the trip again to discover that everything in this extraordinary universe that Martin Scorsese, based on Edith Wharton work, is not what it appears. Conventions out of the window, breaking every imaginable rule. Just as the characters get off their trucks, swimming against the tide of the times. Scorsese breaks cinematic rules with such artistry that we're allow to inspect, re live and enjoy a story as old as the world from a completely new perspective. Is as if Luchino Visconti had suddenly woken up with a new contemporary sight to look back with. Daniel Day Lewis is so marvelous that the pain of his predicament becomes more than visual, becomes visceral. For Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder this was the zenith of their careers. They are sensational. The casting, as usual in a Scorsese film, is superb even in the smallest roles. Glimpses of Sian Phillips, Alexis Smith and Geraldine Chaplin add to the pleasures, making this overwhelming banquet of a film one of the most rewarding film experiences I've ever had.


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