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

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£3,129,439 (UK) (19 May 1995)
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At the holiday party where the camera pans down through several floors, the space of the staircase where the camera flows down through is only a matter of inches, roughly 8" - 12" by 24", and is filmed in a castle in the suburbs of Victoria, B.C. in Canada See more »

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In the final scene, Prof. Bhaer's umbrella has a modern spring clasp. See more »

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Marmee: [Jo has been to visit Aunt March to try and get money for a train ticket] 25? Can Aunt March spare this much?
Jo: I couldn't bear to ask.
[she takes off her hat, everyone gasps - she's got short hair]
Jo: I sold my hair.
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Watching This Yields 'Rich' Results - A Wonderful Re-Make
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rich" is the word I would best use to describe this movie. It's rich in cinematography with gorgeous scenery and interiors; rich in characters with all good-hearted men and women of character; rich in love for each whether its for family or for suitors and rich in storytelling.

Yes, it's definitely more of a woman's movie than a man's, and not the sort of thing I would normally enjoy, but this movie was so well-done that I cannot say anything negative about it. In the modern-era of film-making (late '60s to today), it is always a pleasure to see a totally clean and nice movie.

The cast is excellent. It's nice to see Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon play "wholesome" roles, something they don't always do, but they do it well here. Ryder is the star of this story although everyone gets decent screen time. Ryder's character - the more independent, feminist-type thinker - will always get preference anyway in a Hollywood film. My favorite of the "Little Women" was "Beth," the most kind and compassionate one. Claire Danes' innocent face won me over. The real beauty was the grown-up "Amy," played by Samantha Mathis. Most of her role, however, is seen as a young girl and played by Kirsten Dunst, who has gone on to become a pretty famous actress. The other sister is "Meg," who is a solid, conservative woman and is played by Trini Alvarado. Her role is the smallest of the four girls.

Sarandon's "Mrs. Abagail 'Marmee' March," holds everyone together as the mother and head of the household while her husband is off fighting at War. She looks more like an older sister.

I liked the March daughters' suitors in here, too. First there was "Laurie" or "Teddy" as he also was called by the girls. A young Christian Bale played him. Then there was Gabriel Byrne as "Friedrich Bhaer." It was a bit strange hearing this Irishman play a part that required a German accent. Eric Stoltz plays Meg's future husband, "John Brooke." He starts off as someone with a very stiff personality but soon changes into a warm and good husband.

If this film appears slow in the first 20-30 minutes, hang in there because it gets better and better as it goes along. This is just a beautiful film with fantastic visuals and memorable story that should bring a tear or two to your eyes by the end. Great storytelling usually wins out, and that's the case with this movie.


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