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Little Women (1994)

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

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Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the American Civil War, sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother, a very outspoken women for her time. The story tells of how the sisters grow up, find love and find their place in the world.

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The story that has Lived in our hearts For generations, Now comes to the screen For the holidays See more »

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Drama | Family | Romance

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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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,083,616
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Costumes are handed down from older sister to younger, to underline both the family's poverty and the connections between sisters. Jo's red plaid dress worn to the ball where she meets Laurie is worn the following Christmas by Beth when she comes down the stairs after being ill; Jo and Beth are close to each other, as Meg and Amy are close to each other. Meg's blue striped dress that she doesn't end up wearing to Sally Moffat's debut ball is worn years later by Amy in the scene where she announces she's going to Europe with Aunt March. See more »

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The opera which Jo and Frederick watch is Georges Bizet's "Pearl Fishers", which was first performed in Paris in 1863. However, the opera was not performed in the U.S. until 1892, long after the action of the film. See more »

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Jo: If only I could be like father and crave violence and go to war and stand up to the lions of injustice.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1994 (1994) See more »

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Maria Redowa
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
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Perfectly cast, lovely
12 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This version of Little Women is lovely. Everyone is perfectly cast, and fans of the novel will be happy that it is quite true-to-book. Winona Ryder is perfect as Jo, quite equal to Katherine Hepburn's performance in the 1933 version. Susan Sarandon is wonderful (though I'm not sure Marmee would talk about 'restrictive corsets' to John Brooke). :) Christian Bale is an excellent Laurie, and Gabriel Byrne is wonderful as our Professor Bhaer. Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes showed acting ability beyond their years. Trini Alvarado was a very pretty and sweet Meg. Samantha Mathis was a very pretty older Amy, but she could have been more lively. Eric Stoltz was a great John Brooke. I had never pictured Brooke with red hair, but it was nice. The rest of the cast was terrific, especially Mary Wickes as Aunt March. For once, Mary wasn't playing somebody's nurse or maid. :)

The music and cinematography were beautifully done. It was absolutely wonderful, and I highly recommend it (and the book of the same name). :)


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