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Little Women (1994)

PG  |   |  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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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

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Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


£3,129,439 (UK) (19 May 1995)

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Did You Know?


Christina Ricci and Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of young Amy March, but the part went to Kirsten Dunst. See more »


When looking at Laurie through the window, Jo wonders if he is a captive, "like Smee in Nicholas Nickelby". The character she is referring to, however, is called 'Smike'. See more »


Younger Amy March: Do you love Laurie more than you love me?
Jo: Don't be such a beetle! I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.
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Version of Novela: Mujercitas (1964) See more »


Orchard House
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22 March 2001 | by (Salamanca, Spain) – See all my reviews

When I saw Little women I noticed I had seen my favourite movie, I could not believe a film where my favourite actors played together in one of the most beautiful stories ever written. Gilliam Armstrong`s adaptation is the best I`ve seen,the performances were incredible, specially, Winona Ryder and Christian Bale. But all of them where great, it also has a wonderful score, one of the most beautiful soundtracks I`ve ever heard, Thomas Newman did an excellent job, the script, made by Robin Swicord,is very loyable to the book by Louisa May Alcott.This film is beautiful in all its aspects, it was excellent the friendship and collaboration between all the actors, and for the first time most of them were played by actors of the same age as their fictional characters. The character of Jo has influenced me a lot, and I adore her, Winona Ryder did the best performance of his career, Christian Bale is the best Laurie I`ve ever seen, he did it great, he was so credible, it is difficult to understand why Jo refuses his marriage proposals, he was her perfect husband. Kirsten Dunst was quite OK like the young Amy, not so well done by the older Amy, played by Samantha Mathis, who loses the joy and the energy of the young one. Eric Stoltz was incredible, although his role is a very supporting one. Gabriel Byrne was the perfect professor Baerh, he was great, he does perfectly a German accent. Susan Sarandon was brilliant like Marmee, and I think Claire Danes does an inolvidable performance, a bit ignored after the movie was realised. Trini Alvarado is excellent like Meg. Not only the performances, but all the team that worked in the movie did a great job, the costumes were beautifully designed, the cinematography was brilliant. at least, what I have to say is that this movie has influenced me a lot, all the characters were lovely , the strength of Jo, her dreams of being a writter(I want to be a writer too), her way of think, her beauty,her power. I feel like if I was Laurie lots of times, Laurie is one of the most lovely male characters in the history of literature. And I think this is possible mostly because of Winona Ryder and Christian Bale. I couldn`t imagine a better couple of actors. An incredible and unforgettable movie.

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