• The Age of Innocence (1994)

The Age of Innocence

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: November 6th, 2001

PG |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

Wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to sweet socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) in 1870s New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May's beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is estranged from her brutish husband, arrives in town, Newland begins to question the meaning of passion and love as he desperately pursues a relationship with Ellen, even though she has been made a social outcast by Archer's peers.

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, Miriam Margolyes

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Cappa Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributors: Columbia Pictures, Columbia Tristar

Keywords: Forbidden love, Mother, New York City, Sacrifice, Temptation, Passionate, Tense, Love, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I have seen love scenes in which naked bodies thrash in sweaty passion, but I have rarely seen them more passionate than in this movie, where everyone is wrapped in layers of Victorian repression. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A great, velvety, beautiful anachronism. It's a movie almost drunk on romance, literature and cinema, a splendid period picture that keeps rashly breaking rules and boundaries [17 Sept 1993, Friday, p.A]

  • 100
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    A magnificent movie. [19 Oct 1993, p.A18(E)]

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction