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Washington Square (1997)

In this adaptation of the Henry James novel set in 19th-century New York City, a wealthy spinster with an overbearing father is pursued by a handsome fortune hunter who may be only after her money.

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Henry James (novel), Carol Doyle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Catherine Sloper
Albert Finney ... Dr. Austin Sloper
Maggie Smith ... Aunt Lavinia Penniman
Ben Chaplin ... Morris Townsend
Judith Ivey ... Aunt Elizabeth Almond
Arthur Laupus Arthur Laupus ... Mr. Almond
Jennifer Garner ... Marian Almond
Robert Stanton ... Arthur Townsend
Betsy Brantley Betsy Brantley ... Mrs. Montgomery
Nancy Daly ... Maureen (Maid)
Sara Ruzicka Sara Ruzicka ... Catherine Sloper (age 11)
Rachel Layne Sacrey Rachel Layne Sacrey ... Sarah Almond
Rachel Osborne Rachel Osborne ... Alice Almond
Scott Jaeck ... John Ludlow
Peter Maloney ... Jacob Webber (Notary)
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Storyline

Catherine Sloper (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend (Ben Chaplin), but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, Dr. Austin Sloper (Albert Finney), who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter for her money. But Catherine is determined to follow her heart, even if she loses her inheritance in the process. But just what are Townsend's intentions? Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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She must choose between her father's fortune... Or the man she loves.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including some sensuality, a childbirth scene and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Agnieszka Holland hadn't seen The Heiress (1949), William Wyler's take on the same material when she agreed to make this. See more »

Quotes

Morris Townsend: My vanity requires an audience.
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Soundtracks

Tu chiami una vita
Lyrics by Salvatore Quasimodo
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Performed by Darlene Koldenhoven and Joseph Williams
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Insult to a Classic
1 November 1998 | by Audie-3See all my reviews

This film is an insult to two of the greatest actors ever to hit the silver screen, Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift, who starred in the original version, The Heiress. Montgomery and Olivia, although they hated each other, had such incredible chemistry together that the film was almost perfect. Re-making The Heiress was almost as much of an insult as re-making something like Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, or On the Waterfront. It was just about as bad as the two re-makes of A Streetcar Named Desire. Leave the classics alone, if it is considered a classic, then it is perfect the way it is. Leave history to itself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Washington Square See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,352, 5 October 1997

Gross USA:

$1,851,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,851,761
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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