The Age of Innocence (1993 film)

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The Age of Innocence is a 1993 film about a lawyer, engaged to a conventional socialite, who falls in love with her free thinking cousin.

Directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks. Based on the novel by Edith Wharton.
In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dare to break the rules.

Ellen Olenska[edit]

  • Newland, you couldn't be happy if it meant being cruel. If we act any other way, I'll be making you act against what I love in you most. And I can't go back to that way of thinking. Don't you see! I can't love you unless I give you up.
  • How can we be happy behind the backs of people who trust us?


Ellen Olenska: I think we should look at reality, not dreams.
Newland Archer: I just want us to be together!
Ellen Olenska: I can't be your wife, Newland! Is it your idea that I should live with you as a mistress?
Newland Archer: I want... Somehow, I want to get away with you... and... and find a world where words like that don't exist!

Ellen Olenska: I knew you'd come.
Newland Archer: That shows you wanted me to.

Newland Archer: Honest? Isn't that why you admire Julius Beauford? He was more honest than the rest of us, wasn't he, we've got no character, no color, no variety. I wonder why you just don't go back to Europe.
Ellen Olenska: I believe that's because of you.

Newland Archer: You gave me my first glimpse of a real life. Then you asked me to go on with the false one. No one can endure it.
Ellen Olenska: I'm enduring it.

Ellen Olenska: Is New York such a labyrinth? I thought it was all straight up and down like Fifth Avenue. All the cross streets numbered and big honest labels on everything.
Newland Archer: Everything is labeled, but everybody is not.
Ellen Olenska: Then I must count on you for warnings too.

Ellen Olenska: Is fashion such a serious consideration?
Newland Archer: Among those who have nothing more serious to consider.

Newland Archer: We should travel everywhere.
Louisa van der Luyden: But not Naples. Doctor Bencomb says there is fever there.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Daniel Day-Lewis Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer Countess Ellen Olenska
Winona Ryder May Welland
Joanne Woodward Narrator (voice)
Alexis Smith Louisa van der Luyden
Geraldine Chaplin Mrs. Welland
Mary Beth Hurt Regina Beauford
Alec McGowan Sillerton Jackson
Richard E. Grant Larry Lefferts
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Mingott
Robert Sean Leonard Ted Archer
Sian Phillips Mrs. Archer
Jonathan Pryce Riviere
Michael Gough Henry van der Luyden
Stuart Wilson Julius Beauford

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