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Little Women (1994)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  25 December 1994 (USA)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

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With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Save a place in your heart for the unforgettable story of these... LITTLE WOMEN See more »

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Rated PG for two uses of mild language | See all certifications »

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25 December 1994 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,129,439 (UK) (19 May 1995)
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Christina Ricci and Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of young Amy March, but the part went to Kirsten Dunst. See more »

Goofs

When Jo tells the family she sold her hair for the train ticket, it looks as if her long hair is bundled under her wig. In real life, Winona Ryder's hair was very short and there were two wigs made for Jo March, one long and one short. What looks like long hair bundled up is really Winona's hair peeking out below the wig. See more »

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Marmee: I fear you would have a long engagement, three or four years. John must secure a house before you can marry and do his service to the union.
Jo: John? Marry? You mean that poky old Mr Brooke? How did he weasel his way into this family?
Marmee: Jo! Mr Brooke has been very kind to visit father in the hospital every day.
Jo: He's dull as powder Meg, can't you at least marry someone amusing?
Meg: I'm fond of John, he's kind and serious and I'm not afraid of being poor.
Jo: Marmee, you can't just let her go and marry him.
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"Little Women" in it's own right
11 September 2002 | by (MA) – See all my reviews

Though some may argue that the older classic versions of Little Women with Katherine Hepburn and June Allison may be better because it sticks to the book, this is the only version that captures the spirit of the book.

Though the filmmakers took license to cut away certain specifics, the end result is an absolutely gorgeous film that stands on it's own completely. One would be able to watch this film without ever having read or known the book and seen it as it's own film.

The film thrives on small scenes and nuances, moments of person to person contact, production design and cinematography, the all important score (which adds a great deal to the film). This delicate and complicated symbiosis between all aspects tactfully and poignantly creates the story, something missing from many movies these days which creates a tangible and effervescent emotional layer. Then the acting of one of the best ensembles to hit the screen in a long time. Keep an eye out for Susan Sarandon and Claire Daines in roles that ought to have been nominated along with Ryder. These actors create people that endear themselves to us, and make the film even more than it could have been.

It's a small scale masterpiece that will leave you in tears. The film is honest and true in it's portrayal of human emotion. It went from being an adaptation of the book to it's own story and portrayal of people and their lives. It's beautiful aesthetically and dramatically, and a real gem of a film.


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