Washington Square (1997)

Washington Square (1997)



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In NYC of 1850, 26-year-old Catherine has no social standing but is due a substantial inheritance. Impoverished Morris begins courting Catherine, but her wealthy father thinks that he may be after her for financial reasons. Catherine doubts her father's suspicions but later realizes that they may be valid.
PG (For thematic elements involving some sensuality, a childbirth scene, and brief mild language)
Drama , Romance
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Hollywood Pictures

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Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Catherine Sloper
Albert Finney
as Dr. Austin Sloper
Ben Chaplin
as Morris Townsend
Maggie Smith
as Aunt Lavinia Penniman
Judith Ivey
as Mrs. Elizabeth Almond
Betsy Brantley
as Mrs. Montgomery
Jennifer Garner
as Marian Almond
Peter Maloney
as Jacob Webber/Notary
Robert Stanton
as Arthur Townsend
Arthur Laupus
as Mr. Almond
Nancy Daly
as Maureen/Maid
Sara Ruzicka
as Catherine Sloper (Age 11)
Rachel Layne Sacrey
as Sarah Almond (Age 16)
Rachel Osborne
as Alice Almond (Age 17)
Scott Jaeck
as John Ludlow
Marissa Anna Muro
as Paris Singer
Eva Jean Berg
as Sloper's Cook
David Hildebrand
as Engagement Party Pianist
James J. Waltz
as Engagement Party Singer
Peter Klaus
as Engagement Party Guest
Jack Lilley
as Carriage Driver
Janet Paparazzo
as Guillotine Victim
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Critic Reviews for Washington Square

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

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

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

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

Washington Square comes closer than did The Heiress to what James originally wrote: an elegy to a woman whom few people notice and no one loves.

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Registers strongly on the emotions as a poignant and powerful meditation upon loss.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Guys, go see this movie (the first half) to find out how to treat a lady. My friend wanted to borrow my notebook and make notes for himself.

June 14, 2001

Painstakingly produced, dramatically compelling, and acted with skill and intensity.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Washington Square

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

YAY! Another favorite to add to my love of period pieces! Jennifer Jason Leigh does a fantastic job as an awkward shy woman who falls for a handsome suitor. This kept me guessing even though I had suspicions. Wonderful!

Robin P.
Robin P.

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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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