The Age of Innocence Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for The Age of Innocence the Movie

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Magnificently lavish adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel of passion thwarted by convention is visually stunning, but don't expect action since these people kill with a word or gesture. In 1870s New York, proper lawyer Newland Archer (Day-Lewis) is engaged to the equally proper May Welland (Ryder). He discovers unexpected romance when May's cousin, the rather scandalous Ellen Olenska (Pfeiffer), returns to the city from Europe but his hesitancy costs them dearly. Woodward's narration of Wharton's observations helps sort out what goes on behind the facades. Although slow, see this one for the beautiful period authenticity, thanks to Scorsese, who obviously labored over the small details. He shows up as a photographer; his parents appear in a scene on a train.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 138 minutes.

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Romantic Drama, Period Piece: 19th Century, Books to Film: Edith Wharton, Marriage, Cousins, Repressed Men, Romantic Triangles, Otherwise Engaged, Edibles
Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks
Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Miriam Margolyes, Mary Beth Hurt, Geraldine Chaplin, Stuart Wilson, Michael Gough, Alexis Smith, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Sean Leonard
Michael Ballhaus
Martin Scorsese
Elmer Bernstein
Joanne Woodward
Barbara De Fina, Cappa Films


Oscars 1993: Costume Des.; British Acad. 1993: Support. Actress (Margolyes); Golden Globes 1994: Support. Actress (Ryder); Natl. Bd. of Review 1993: Director (Scorsese), Support. Actress (Ryder).

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