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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.

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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 (31) | Top Critics (9)

Holland's passionate version may be truer to James. He'd be startled by its earthiness, but he'd recognize these bruised, complex hearts as his own.

March 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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 | Rating: 2.5/4
Top Critic

Henry James saw more humor in the story than Holland does (although Aunt Lavinia remains comic), but what they both understand is that in a family such as this, everything depends on the money -- unless nothing does.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Not even the usually twinkle-eyed Maggie Smith, here playing Catherine's aunt, can buoy the material.

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you are going to have an appealing Townsend you may as well have a distinctive Catherine. When they are sitting side by side playing piano duets, or kissing passionately in the parlor while the doctor is out, they make believable lovers.

August 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

April 1, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

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

An interesting film!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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