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Washington Square

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Henry James's biting novel WASHINGTON SQUARE is given a lush adaptation from acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA EUROPA), buoyed by sharp performances from its cast. The story concerns Austin Sloper (Albert Finney), a wealthy, widowed doctor who is unable to hide his disdain for his plain, shrinking violet daughter, Catherine (Jennifer Jason Leigh). When Morris Townsend (Ben Chaplin) enters her life--a charming, but penniless, suitor--Austin's lack of faith in his daughter's ability to charm convinces him that Morris's intentions are only mercenary. Catherine doesn't take kindly to her stern father's restrictions and continues the relationship, assisted by her romantically inclined dowager aunt, Lavinia Penniman (Maggie Smith).

    With WASHINGTON SQUARE, Holland adds another cinematic genre, American period drama, to her impressive resume. Working with production designer Allan Starski and costume designer Anna Sheppard, Holland recreates Victorian-era New York City with a visual beauty that belies the film's sharp dramatic edge. Featuring standout performances by an all-star cast (notably Leigh, Finney, Chaplin, and Smith), WASHINGTON SQUARE is a memorable work from the versatile director.
    • Rating - For thematic elements involving some sensuality, a childbirth scene, and brief mild language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17632

  • Credits
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Ben Chaplin, Maggie Smith, Maggie Smith, Judith Ivey, Arthur Laupus, Jennifer Garner, Robert Stanton, Betsy Brantley, Nancy Daly, Sara Ruzicka, Rachel Layne Sacrey, Rachel Osborne, Scott Jaeck, Peter Maloney, Lauren Hulsey, Sara Constance Marshall, Marissa Anna Muro, Loretto McNally, Eva Jean Berg
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Consistently intelligent..."
    Film Comment

    "...[A] lively adaptation....[Holland] liberates her camera with a swinging freedom of movement..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Jennifer Jason Leigh often plays women of brassy boldness. What is remarkable is how she can play a recessive character such as Catherine so that every assertion seems like an act of courage..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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