The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Martin Scorsese (1993)

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Our Score
Eyebrows were raised when Martin Scorsese announced he was going to adapt Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about polite New York society in the 1870s. Yet, influenced by The Heiress and The Magnificent Ambersons, this is a directorial triumph, with the camera unobtrusively accumulating the small details that help make the story of Newland Archer and the Countess Olenska so compelling. Credit must also go here to cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and production designer Dante Ferretti. Some of the cast, notably Winona Ryder, seem a little stiff, but Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer excel in conveying the conflict between their passion and their breeding.


A wealthy lawyer engaged to a beautiful but bland socialite finds himself in turmoil over his fiancee's seductive older cousin, a woman ostracised by polite society. He aims to use his standing to restore her damaged reputation, but struggles to come to terms with the strength of his feelings towards her. Martin Scorsese's romantic period drama, based on Edith Wharton's novel, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Michelle Pfeiffer and Richard E Grant.

Cast & Crew

Newland Archer Daniel Day-Lewis
Ellen Olenska Michelle Pfeiffer
May Welland Winona Ryder
Louisa van der Luyden Alexis Smith
Mrs Welland Geraldine Chaplin
Regina Beaufort Mary Beth Hurt
Sillerton Jackson Alec McCowen
Larry Lefferts Richard E Grant
Mrs Mingott Miriam Margolyes
Ted Archer Robert Sean Leonard
Mrs Archer Sian Phillips
Narrator Joanne Woodward
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD