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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

Daniel Day-Lewis checked into the Plaza Hotel as "N. Archer" and lived there for 2 weeks wearing clothes suitable to his film character as research for Newland Archer. See more »

Goofs

On the park bench in Boston, Newland Archer sits down with Ellen Olenska. As he sits, his gloves are off, and we see his wedding ring. The camera cuts away and then back, and his gloves are on. He then removes them. See more »

Quotes

Sillerton Jackson: Certain nuisances escape Beaufort.
Mrs. Archer: Oh, necessarily, Beaufort is a vulgar man.
Newland Archer: Nevertheless, no business nuisance escapes him. Most of New York trusts him with its affairs.
Mrs. Archer: My grandfather, Newland, always used to say to mother, "Don't let that fellow Beaufort be introduced to the girls."
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Crazy Credits

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

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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 FILM FOR THE MOST REFINED
7 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Don't get put off by those telling you to give a miss to this film. They belong to the school, insufferable to the true cinema lover and to those of any taste in general, who expects "something to happen" in a film and feel cheated at the end if they haven't had to scramble through an intricate plot, haven't seen the mandatory pound of spilled blood and the round of gunshots. Scorsese is at his most brilliant in this film; it is all the more exquisite as it does not rely on an overloaded plot but prefers to be constructed of lights and half lights, shades and nuances. All the more appropriate as this is exactly what Scorsese wants us to see in the world of end of XIX th century New York- a society brimming with peace and innocence in which nothing appears to ever happen but under the surface of which gossip and intrigue work relentlessly and destinies are decided over the small talk of the dinner table. Accompanied by an impecable narrative voice and an unforgettable richness of color and music it will haunt you forever. Those it sends to sleep do not deserve to be awake. Ten out of ten!


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