The Age of Innocence

Still of Daniel Day-Lewis in The Age of Innocence


Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 7.2/10 (19,822 voted)

Critic's Score: 83/100

Martin Scorsese

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

Society scion Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland, but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May's unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.

Writers: Edith Wharton, Jay Cocks


Daniel Day-Lewis

Newland Archer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Ellen Olenska

Winona Ryder

May Welland

Linda Faye Farkas

Female Opera Singer

Michael Rees Davis

Male Opera Singer

Terry Cook

Male Opera Singer

Jon Garrison

Male Opera Singer

Richard E. Grant

Larry Lefferts

Alec McCowen

Sillerton Jackson

Geraldine Chaplin

Mrs. Welland

Mary Beth Hurt

Regina Beaufort

Stuart Wilson

Julius Beaufort

Howard Erskine

Beaufort Guest

John McLoughlin

Party Guest

Christopher Nilsson

Party Guest

In a world of tradition. In an age of innocence. They dared to break the rules.

Release Date: 1 October 1993

Filming Locations: Albany, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000


Gross: $32,000,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


2 months after the October 1993 opening of The Age of Innocence, Michelle Pfeiffer left Daniel Day-Lewis behind to tempt another married man: Homer Simpson. In the Season 5 episode "The Last Temptation of Homer" (which aired December 9, 1993), she played Homer's new coworker Mindy, who had the same effect on him that she had on Newland Archer.


Revealing mistakes:
When Mrs. Mingott tries to give a party in honor of Countess Olenska, not a single of her invitations is accepted, but the handwriting is the same on each separate refusal that flips by on camera.


Ted Archer:
[about his fiancée]
I'll be back on the first, and our wedding's not till the fifth.

Newland Archer:
I'm surprised you even remembered the date.

User Review

A Stunning Law Breaker

Rating: 10/10

I saw "The Aviator" a couple of days ago and while I still have Howard
Hughes flying through my brain I felt the need to see again another
Scorsese. I have all of his films in my collection. I closed my eyes
and picked one, just like that, at random. "The Age Of Innocence" This
is what happens with great artists, you can always re visit them and
you'll come out of the experience with something new, something
valuable. Transported by the sublime voice of Joanne Woodward I took
the trip again to discover that everything in this extraordinary
universe that Martin Scorsese, based on Edith Wharton work, is not what
it appears. Conventions out of the window, breaking every imaginable
rule. Just as the characters get off their trucks, swimming against the
tide of the times. Scorsese breaks cinematic rules with such artistry
that we're allow to inspect, re live and enjoy a story as old as the
world from a completely new perspective. Is as if Luchino Visconti had
suddenly woken up with a new contemporary sight to look back with.
Daniel Day Lewis is so marvelous that the pain of his predicament
becomes more than visual, becomes visceral. For Michelle Pfeiffer and
Winona Ryder this was the zenith of their careers. They are
sensational. The casting, as usual in a Scorsese film, is superb even
in the smallest roles. Glimpses of Sian Phillips, Alexis Smith and
Geraldine Chaplin add to the pleasures, making this overwhelming
banquet of a film one of the most rewarding film experiences I've ever