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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 »

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 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.

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Erbin vom 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,710,693, 11 January 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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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Soundtracks

L'Absence
Lyrics by Théophile Gautier
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Quartet Version Vocal by Marissa Anna Muro
Orchestra Version Vocal by Marta Boberska
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Wonderfully tragic film of romance and liberty.
24 October 1999 | by Mr12EDSee all my reviews

Usually I adore movies with no glitches - easy romance that merely comes to fruition. However, this film caught my eye in the video store and I impulsively rented it - I will forever be grateful to my instinct. For this film was amazing - a young woman who is unattractive physically, but beautiful inside. She yearns for the true, unconditional love that her father has never provided it to her. This story documents with grace and intense emotion her journey of discovery - for who really loves her and who she really is. The music is achingly poignant and supports a story that evokes such incredible feelings in its viewers. Washington Square isn't a film that makes you cry, it's one that makes you weep.


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