The Age of Innocence

October 1st, 1993


The Age of Innocence

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Still of Daniel Day-Lewis in The Age of Innocence

Tale of 19th 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.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 7.2/10 (19,822 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

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 companion spirit and they fall in love.

Writers: Edith Wharton, Jay Cocks

Daniel Day-Lewis - Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer - Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder - May Welland
Linda Faye Farkas - Female Opera Singer
Michael Rees Davis - Male Opera Singer
Terry Cook - Male Opera Singer
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 - Beaufort Guest
John McLoughlin - Party Guest
Christopher Nilsson - Party Guest

Taglines: In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.

Release Date: 1 October 1993

Filming Locations: Albany, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $32,000,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

2 months after the October 1993 opening of The Age of Innocence, Michelle Pfeiffer left Daniel Day-Lewis behind to tempt another married man: Homer Simpson. In the Season 5 episode "The Last Temptation of Homer" (which aired December 9, 1993), she played Homer's new coworker Mindy, who had the same effect on him that she had on Newland Archer.

Revealing mistakes: When Mrs. Mingott tries to give a party in honor of Countess Olenska, not a single of her invitations is accepted, but the handwriting is the same on each separate refusal that flips by on camera.

Ted Archer: [about his fiancée] I'll be back on the first, and our wedding's not till the fifth.
Newland Archer: I'm surprised you even remembered the date.

User Review

A Stunning Law Breaker

Rating: 10/10

I saw "The Aviator" a couple of days ago and while I still have Howard Hughes flying through my brain I felt the need to see again another Scorsese. I have all of his films in my collection. I closed my eyes and picked one, just like that, at random. "The Age Of Innocence" This is what happens with great artists, you can always re visit them and you'll come out of the experience with something new, something valuable. Transported by the sublime voice of Joanne Woodward I took the trip again to discover that everything in this extraordinary universe that Martin Scorsese, based on Edith Wharton work, is not what it appears. Conventions out of the window, breaking every imaginable rule. Just as the characters get off their trucks, swimming against the tide of the times. Scorsese breaks cinematic rules with such artistry that we're allow to inspect, re live and enjoy a story as old as the world from a completely new perspective. Is as if Luchino Visconti had suddenly woken up with a new contemporary sight to look back with. Daniel Day Lewis is so marvelous that the pain of his predicament becomes more than visual, becomes visceral. For Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder this was the zenith of their careers. They are sensational. The casting, as usual in a Scorsese film, is superb even in the smallest roles. Glimpses of Sian Phillips, Alexis Smith and Geraldine Chaplin add to the pleasures, making this overwhelming banquet of a film one of the most rewarding film experiences I've ever had.


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