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The Age of Innocence
PG
138 minutes
Drama
1993

Martin Scorsese's well-known attention to detail is exemplified in this story of upper crust social mores and hypocrisy set in New York during the 1870's. Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is brought to life by a superb cast.  Daniel Day-Lewis is Newland Archer, a lawyer ensconced in the traditions of society and betrothed to May Welland (Winona Ryder), who has been raised to be the perfect society wife. Archer's carefully ordered world is thrown into chaos when he meets May's unconventional cousin, Ellen Olenska, (Michelle Pfeiffer) who arrives in New York after a messy divorce. Archer and Countess Olenska fall in love, and when his peers' derision gets the best of him, Archer realizes he must make a choice between the two women. Eighteen months of research and a talented team of designers and specialists, including a food presentation expert and an etiquette consultant, worked with Scorsese to re-create the opulent world of high society. The film received a number of Oscar® nominations and Gabriella Pescucci won for Best Costume Design.

Cast
Daniel Day Lewis
Newland Archer
Michelle Pfeiffer
Ellen Olenska
Wionna Ryder
May Welland
Geraldine Chaplin
Mrs. Welland
Michael Gough
Henry van der Luyden
Richard E. Grant
Larry Lefferts
Mary Beth Hurt
Regina Beaufort
Miriam Margolyes
Mrs. Mingott
Alec McCowen
Sillerton Jackson
Joanne Woodward
Narrator
Director
Martin Scorsese
Writer
Based upon the novel by Edith Wharton; Screenplay by Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese
Producer
Barbara De Fina
Facts
Oscars© Costume Design
Country USA
Language English