Washington Square

Washington Square

Director: Agnieszka Holland Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin
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Washington Square

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 death of his wife. He also disapproves of Catherine's attraction to Morris Townsend (Ben Chaplin), warning her that the handsome young man is after her money. He takes Catherine to Europe and warns her to break off her relationship with Morris, but she defies him. Townsend proposes, and Catherine accepts despite her father's threats to disinherit her if she marries him. ~ Michael Betzold

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/1999
UPC: 0786936032987
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jason Leigh Catherine Sloper
Albert Finney Dr. Austin Sloper
Ben Chaplin Morris Townsend
Maggie Smith Aunt Lavinia Penniman
Judith Ivey Mrs. Elizabeth Almond
Betsy Brantley Mrs. Montgomery
Jennifer Garner Marian Almond
Peter Maloney Jacob Webber/Notary
Robert Stanton Arthur Townsend

Technical Credits
Agnieszka Holland Director
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Starski Production Designer
Chrisann Verges Associate Producer
Jerzy Zielinski Cinematographer
David Siegel Editor
Debra Zane Casting
J. Miller Tobin Asst. Director
Alan Muraoka Art Director
Michael Barosky Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Ostrow Executive Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
Julie Bergman Sender Producer
William A. Cimino Set Decoration/Design
Carol Doyle Screenwriter
Henry James Source Author

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Washington Square 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is for those who appreciate silence and down-time. Albert Finney, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Maggie Smith and Ben Chaplin do justice to their characters and the movie ends as it should. Jennifer Jason-Leigh is a bit more melancholy and less vengeful than her predecessor, Donna Reed in the original, The Heiress. But, both movies are highly recommended, especially the original, if you can get your hands on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago