The Heiress
The Heiress (1950)

In this film, Catherine Sloper is the plain-Jane daughter of a wealthy widower. Catherine is not only unattractive but lacks most of the social graces. When Catherine falls in love with handsome young Morris Townsend, she believes her love… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 10, 1950
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
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Jeremy Heilman

[A]n outstanding literary adaptation and a superb example of Hollywood fare at its most intelligent and sharply honed.

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Emanuel Levy

Wyler's superlative rendition of Henry James' novel Washington Square is meticulously mounted with great acting from Olivia De Havilland, Monty Clift, and particularly Ralph Richardson, dark-noirish lensing, and powerful score from Aaron Copeland.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

More interesting for the things it leaves unsaid than the occasionally staid melodramatic story.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
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The reputation of this exceedingly fine film has continued to grow as the decades have rolled on, and the performances of a strong cast certainly deserve much of that credit.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though it had a poor box office upon its release, it eventually became recognized as a masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Superlative version of the James novel sharpens and refines the book. Olivia, always a fine actress, gives one of her defining performances revealing the many… More
Randy Tippy
Not only is Olivia de Havilland utterly brilliant as the 'plain' heiress who may or may not be falling victim to an unscrupulous suitor, but the… More
Aj V
This movie explores the question: is it better to be happily married to someone who just wants your money, or to live a lonely life and keep your millions?… More
Mark Hobin
Wealthy, but painfully shy woman is romanced by charming young man whose motives are questioned by her father. Extraordinary adaption of Henry James'… More
Devon Bott
What a great closing scene, Morris (Montgomery Clift) pounding on Catherine's (Olivia de Havilland) door as the credits start to roll. Is he just the… More
Veronique Kwak
"the heiress" is william wyler's adaption from henry james' novella "washington square", featuring montgomery clift in his utmost… More