Washington Square (1997)

Washington Square



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This film is the second effort to bring to the screen the 1880 Henry James novel of the same title (the first was The Heiress in 1949). Set in 1850 among the aristocracy of New York, Washington Square examines the inhibitions of Catherine Sloper (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the only child of wealthy Dr. Austin Sloper (Albert Finney). Catherine is clumsy and shy and something of an embarrassment to her high-class father. Dr. Sloper still unconsciously resents the child because her birth caused the … More

Rating: PG (For thematic elements involving some sensuality, a childbirth scene, and brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Carol Doyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002


as Catherine Sloper

as Dr. Austin Sloper

as Morris Townsend

as Aunt Lavinia Pennima...

as Mrs. Elizabeth Almon...

as Mrs. Montgomery

as Marian Almond

as Jacob Webber/Notary

as Arthur Townsend

as Mr. Almond

as Maureen/Maid

as Catherine Sloper (Ag...

as Sarah Almond (Age 16...

as Alice Almond (Age 17...

as John Ludlow

as Paris Singer

as Sloper's Cook

as Engagement Party Pia...

as Engagement Party Sin...

as Engagement Party Gue...

as Carriage Driver

as Guillotine Victim
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Critic Reviews for Washington Square

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16)

There's isn't much tension here, and, if anything, the film is stolen by Maggie Smith and Judith Ivey as Finney's sisters.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Detroit News
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Jennifer Jason Leigh shows a surprising flair for modest, introspective moods in Agnieszka Holland's deftly directed adaptation of Henry James's quietly compassionate novel.

Full Review… | April 1, 2003
Christian Science Monitor

Audience Reviews for Washington Square

Another from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, this festival was loaded with outstanding films, Film list can be obtained on the net. So far I have watched about 18 of them and have yet to be disappointed. This Film is based on the novel written by Henry James. This one is about a young girl who stands to inherited a fortune and her suitor is in question by her father, as to his motives. The time period is portrayed well along with outstanding actors, make this film worth seeing. I have to rate it 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Holland's treatment of Washington Square goes across the line of the interesting into something quite dull. When Jennifer Jason Leigh flops down dramatically in the midst of the film, it represented the most exciting thing about it. Zzzzzz...

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

An interesting film!

Leo L

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