Washington Square

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Washington Square (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Washington Square” is a drama film released in 1997, directed by Agnieszka Holland. The movie stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Catherine Sloper, Albert Finney as Dr. Austin Sloper, and Ben Chaplin as Morris Townsend.

The film is based on the novel “Washington Square” by Henry James, and it follows the story of Catherine Sloper, a plain and socially awkward young woman living with her wealthy and overbearing father, Dr. Austin Sloper. Catherine’s mother died when she was young, and she has grown up feeling unloved and unappreciated by her father.

When Catherine meets the charming and penniless Morris Townsend, she falls in love with him, believing that he genuinely cares for her. However, Dr. Sloper suspects that Morris is only interested in Catherine’s inheritance and tries to dissuade her from marrying him.

As the conflict between father and daughter intensifies, Catherine must navigate her feelings for Morris and her desire for her father’s approval.

“Washington Square” is known for its compelling performances, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh’s portrayal of Catherine Sloper. The film explores themes of love, betrayal, and the complexities of family relationships.

The movie received positive reviews from critics, who praised its strong performances and faithful adaptation of the source material.

“Washington Square” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a heartfelt and emotionally rich drama that delves into the struggles of a young woman torn between her desire for love and her duty to her family. It remains a captivating and poignant film that explores the human heart’s complexities and the price one may pay for love and independence.

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  • Jennifer Jason Leigh: Catherine Sloper
  • Sara Ruzicka: 11-year-old Catherine
  • Albert Finney: Dr. Austin Sloper
  • Ben Chaplin: Morris Townsend
  • Maggie Smith: Aunt Lavinia
  • Judith Ivey: Aunt Elizabeth Almond
  • Arthur Laupus: Mr. Almond
  • Jennifer Garner: Marian Almond
  • Robert Stanton: Arthur Townsend
  • Betsy Brantley: Mrs. Montgomery
  • Nancy Daly: Maureen
  • Marie Abate: Agnes
  • Sara Constance Marshall: Therese
  • Rachel Layne Sacrey: Sarah Almond
  • Rachel Osborne: Alice Almond
  • Scott Jaeck: John Ludlow
  • Peter Maloney: Jacob Webber
  • Lauren Hulsey: Edith
  • Loretto McNally: Midwife


  • Director: Agnieszka Holland
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Julie Bergman Sender
  • Screenplay: Carol Doyle

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