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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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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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

Early in the story, Ellen and Beaufort enter Mrs. Mingott's home as Archer, May, and Mrs. Welland are leaving. As May is heard saying "Good bye, Ellen", May looks in her direction as the words are said, but May's lips are clearly not moving. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Olenska: I should go were I'm invited or I should be too lonely.
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Crazy Credits

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


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Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Leonard Bernstein and New York Philharmonic (as The New York Philharmonic)
Courtesy of Sony Classical
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A FILM FOR THE MOST REFINED
7 February 2003 | by SmartcatSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Age of Innocence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,317,289, 19 September 1993

Gross USA:

$32,255,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,255,440
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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