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Washington Square (1997)

Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Catherine Sloper
... Dr. Austin Sloper
... Aunt Lavinia Penniman
... Morris Townsend
... Aunt Elizabeth Almond
Arthur Laupus ... Mr. Almond
... Marian Almond
... Arthur Townsend
Betsy Brantley ... Mrs. Montgomery
... Maureen (Maid)
Sara Ruzicka ... Catherine Sloper (age 11)
Rachel Layne Sacrey ... Sarah Almond
Rachel Osborne ... Alice Almond
... John Ludlow
... Jacob Webber (Notary)
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Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, 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.

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Rated PG for thematic elements including some sensuality, a childbirth scene and brief mild language | See all certifications »
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10 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Die Erbin vom Washington Square  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,352, 5 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,710,693, 11 January 1998
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Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Catherine. Other actresses to play Catherine have included Olivia de Havilland in the 1949 film version, Julie Harris in a 1961 television version, and on Broadway, Wendy Hiller in 1947, Jane Alexander in 1975, Cherry Jones in 1995, and Jessica Chastain in 2012. See more »

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Dr. Austin Sloper: It would give me great satisfaction if you were to promise that upon my death you will not marry Townsend.
Catherine Sloper: I very seldom think of Mr. Townsend.
Dr. Austin Sloper: All the easier to keep your promise.
Catherine Sloper: I can't promise.
Dr. Austin Sloper: You are very obstinate.
Catherine Sloper: I don't think you understand.
Dr. Austin Sloper: Please explain, then.
Catherine Sloper: I can't explain. And I can't promise.
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Version of The Heiress (1961) See more »

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Please Don't Come Here Again
Performed by April Armstrong
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Over-long, over-acted, and over-directed
4 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was such a ham-handed film that only the invisible force field that surrounds my couch prevented me from getting up and turning the television off. Much of Leigh's performance seemed to consist of channelling Ally Sheedy's quirky "Breakfast Club" shtick. Jeez, Catherine isn't supposed to be the village idiot; she's just naive and sheltered. The scenes involving pants-wetting and prostitution were unfaithful to James' spirit, let alone the actual text, and the music was god-awful and anachronistic, especially the irritating piano duet.

Albert Finney and Maggie Smith did their best, but the direction gets the Golden Toilet award. Oh, look; it's sunny - such felicity abounds! Aw, gee, it's raining, let's all fall down in the street to the sounds of swelling symphonic shmaltz. Peuw.

And I am normally a such a forgiving costume drama fiend. Alas.


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