Washington Square (1997)

PG   |    |  Drama, Romance

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Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »

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  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in Washington Square (1997)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Chaplin in Washington Square (1997)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh and Albert Finney in Washington Square (1997)
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh and Agnieszka Holland in Washington Square (1997)
  • Director Agnieszka Holland
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Chaplin in Washington Square (1997)

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27 July 2002 | Abby-9
| Openly emotional/no buffers
I rented WS in order to compare Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance in this with her performance in Kansas City. Both are period pieces, and in both i sensed her willingness to submerge a modern self into the demands of the historic period. This is frightening to behold--Albert Finney is rock-hard, with glimpses of natural paternal sentiment that only make his determined hardness the more monstrous. So, his daughter is his victim--a victim of culture, a victim of circumstance--a victim of miscommunications, a victim of her lover, of her aunt? It's all a little hard to bear, except that, as the motif of endurance emerges, the formation of a protective shell over the passions of the young is, finally, a relief. I don't know if there is enough popcorn and chocolate/caramel/you-name-it to make sitting through this story actually enjoyable. Beautifully dressed and accompanied by exquisite score, it's a tragedy with a conclusion of unillumined defeat. Although Katherine, Leigh's role, keeps for herself, privately, the apparent pleasure of the memory of passion. Is this James's modern leaning? Anyway, I rated it high, because as a window into history it's at least fascinating.

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Plot Summary


Drama | Romance


Release Date:

10 October 1997


English, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,352 (USA) (5 October 1997)


$1,710,693 (USA) (11 January 1998)

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