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With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, Miriam Margolyes, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Sean Leonard
Written by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, based on the novel by Edith Wharton
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 133
Date: 08/31/1993

The Age of Innocence (1993)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Wharton Games

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Our own Petaluma homegirl Winona Ryder caused quite a stir with her stellar run of great films in the late 80s and early 90s, most notably in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. Like Bram Stoker's Dracula made the previous year, the film covers periods of the past and both include silent movie techniques to punctuate their stories. Miss Ryder seems perfectly at home in each. In the film she plays the almost-spurned wife of Daniel Day-Lewis, who in turn falls in love with the fiery Michelle Pfeiffer. Though surrounded by more prestigious and more highly-paid actors, Ryder is the one that stands out, and she was nominated for an Oscar for her trouble. The Age of Innocence drags through some of the usual costume movie elements, but Scorsese's exuberance carries the show. The film looks great in its new DVD from Columbia/TriStar and contains the theatrical trailer.

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