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


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Writers (WGA):
Louisa May Alcott (novel)
Robin Swicord (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 1994 (USA) See more »
The story that has Lived in our hearts For generations, Now comes to the screen For the holidays See more »
The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Winona Ryder ... Jo March

Gabriel Byrne ... Friedrich Bhaer

Trini Alvarado ... Meg March

Samantha Mathis ... Older Amy March

Kirsten Dunst ... Younger Amy March

Claire Danes ... Beth March

Christian Bale ... Laurie

Eric Stoltz ... John Brooke

John Neville ... Mr. Laurence

Mary Wickes ... Aunt March

Susan Sarandon ... Mrs. March
Florence Paterson ... Hannah
Robin Collins ... Carriage Boy
Corrie Clark ... Belle Gardiner

Rebecca Toolan ... Mrs. Gardiner
Curt Willington ... Red Haired Young Man
Billie Pleffer ... Naughty Girl
Louella Pleffer ... Naughty Girl
Janne Mortil ... Sally Moffat

Sarah Strange ... Sally's Friend
Ahnee Boyce ... Sally's Friend
Michele Goodger ... Hortense
Marco Roy ... Mr. Parker
A.J. Unger ... Ned Moffat
Janie Woods-Morris ... Boston Matron
Patricia Leith ... Boston Matron
Christine Lippa ... Mrs. Hummel
Kristina West ... Hummel Child
Nicole Babuick ... Hummel Child
Jenna Percy ... Hummel Child
Alan Robertson ... Dr. Bangs
Mar Andersons ... Fred Vaughan

Cameron Labine ... Averill
Matthew Walker ... Mr. March
Bethoe Shirkoff ... Art Teacher

Marilyn Norry ... Mrs. Kirk

Andrea Libman ... Kitty Kirk

Tegan Moss ... Minnie Kirk

Janet Craig ... Miss Norton

Beverley Elliott ... Irish Maid
James Leard ... Office Worker
Charles Baird ... Office Worker

Jay Brazeau ... Dashwood

Demetri Goritsas ... Bhaer's Student
Kate Robbins ... Opera Singer 'Leila'

David Adams ... Opera Singer 'Nadir'

Donal Logue ... Jacob Mayer
Scott Bellis ... John McCracken
John Shaw ... Charles Botts (as John C. Shaw)
Irene Miscisco ... French Maid
Peter Haworth ... Male Secretary
Natalie Friisdahl ... Daisy
Kristy Friisdahl ... Daisy
Bryan Finn ... Demi
Sean Finn ... Demi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bruno Borgman ... Returning Civil War Soldier (uncredited)
Mark Marriott ... Butler (uncredited)
Donald Mitchell ... Student / Man Winking (uncredited)
Daniel Olsen ... Wounded Soldier (uncredited)

Jerry Robbins ... Banker (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillian Armstrong 
Writing credits
Louisa May Alcott (novel)

Robin Swicord (screenplay)

Produced by
Warren Carr .... associate producer
Denise Di Novi .... producer (as Denise DiNovi)
Robin Swicord .... co-producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nicholas Beauman 
Casting by
Carrie Frazier 
Shani Ginsberg 
Production Design by
Jan Roelfs 
Art Direction by
Richard Hudolin 
Set Decoration by
Jim Erickson 
Costume Design by
Colleen Atwood 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Sarandon & Mr. Byrne (as Marilyn Carbone)
Donna Bis .... first assistant hair stylist
James D. Brown .... hair stylist
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist: Winona Ryder
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... first assistant hair stylist
Jan Newman .... makeup artist
Peter Owen .... wig designer and maker
Connie Parker .... first assistant makeup artist
L. Taylor Roberts .... first assistant makeup artist (as Lisa Roberts)
Fay von Schroeder .... makeup artist (as Faye von Schroeder)
Production Management
Warren Carr .... unit production manager
Rosemary Dority .... post-production supervisor
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor
Joseph E. Foley .... production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Brebner .... additional second assistant director
Dave 'Foots' Footman .... dgc trainee (as Dave Footman)
John-Paul Holecka .... third assistant director
Mark Lewis .... second unit director
Mark Turnbull .... first assistant director
Pete Whyte .... third assistant director
Kim H. Winther .... second assistant director (as Kim Winther)
Kate Eisemann .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Gordon Bellamy .... sculptor/fabricator
Lubor Cencak .... scenic painter
James H. Chow .... property master (as Jimmy Chow)
Mel Christensen .... construction foreman
Laurie Edmundson .... assistant set dresser
John Hamilton .... lead painter
R. St. John Harrison .... set designer (as Richard St. John Harrison)
Craig Henderson .... construction foreman
Barry Kootchin .... head scenic artist
Janis Lee .... scenic painter
Catherine Leighton .... assistant property master
Bridget McGuire .... assistant art director
Neil McLeod .... assistant property master
Michael J. Siver .... head greensman (as Mike Siver)
Thom Wells .... construction coordinator (as Thomas Wells)
Mikal Williams .... assistant set dresser
Joshua A. Burwell .... greensman (uncredited)
Brian Davie .... set dresser (uncredited)
Marta McLaughlin .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Ken Rabehl .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Batut .... production sound mixer
Gethin Creagh .... re-recording mixer
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator (as Chris Glyn Jones)
David Grusovin .... sound assistant
Phil Heywood .... re-recording mixer
Tim Jordan .... adr editor
Paula Lourie .... sound assistant
Simon Martin .... sound assistant
Gary O'Grady .... dialogue editor
Martin Oswin .... re-recording mixer
John Penders .... adr editor
John Simpson .... foley artist
Lee Smith .... sound designer
Peter Townend .... sound effects editor
Karin Whittington .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
David Allinson .... special effects technician
Tony Lazarowich .... special effects assistant
Lars Lenander .... best boy special effects
William H. Orr .... special effects (as William Orr)
Jak Osmond .... special effects assistant
Michael Walls .... special effects technician
David K'shin Gendron .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... opticals
Marny Eng .... stunt double: Winona Ryder (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Brown .... dolly grip
Phillip V. Caruso .... key art photographer
Derek Grieves .... dolly grip (as Derek Grieve)
Tim Hogan .... key grip
Stephen Jackson .... gaffer
Burton Kuchera .... best boy electrics
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (as Joe Lederer)
Peter Levy .... director of photography: second unit
Tenzin Lhalungpa .... first assistant camera
Randal Platt .... camera operator
Lisa Robison .... second assistant camera
Ken Woznow .... second grip
Chris Cochrane .... generator operator (uncredited)
Herb DeWaal .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Kim Olsen .... grip (uncredited)
George Ramage .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Wale .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting
Sandra Couldwell .... extras casting: Canada
William Haines .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debbie Douglas .... costume set supervisor (as Deborah Douglas)
Jennifer Grossman .... costume supervisor
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor
Zoya Niechoda .... costumes
Nicola Ryall .... set costumer
Phyllis Thurber-Moffit .... costume textile artist
Robin Richesson .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... color timer
Martin Connor .... digital editing assistant
James Ilecic .... first assistant editor
Stein Myhrstad .... digital editing assistant
Karen Psaltis .... negative cutter
Noelleen Westcombe .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Mark A. Dixon .... location manager: Deerfield second unit
Tim Haughian .... assistant location manager
Don Knodel .... assistant location manager
Rino Pace .... location manager
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Sharal Churchill .... music consultant
Bruce Johnson .... music consultant
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Ron James .... transportation captain
Robert Martini .... transportation coordinator: Boston
Other crew
Jan Alexander .... craft service
Michael Andreen .... executive: Di Novi Pictures
Kara Baker .... assistant: Ms. Armstrong (as Kara Dillard Baker)
Belinda Bennetts .... title designer
Mandy Butler .... assistant accountant
Dawn Dumas .... head animal trainer (as Dawn Martin-Wiener)
Paula Marie Duncan .... assistant accountant
Truddi Forrest .... choreographer (as Trudi Forrest)
Dave Gilbert .... extras
Wendy Lewis .... production coordinator (as Wendy Patricia Lewis)
Paul Lougheed .... production assistant
Jane McKernan .... assistant accountant
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant (as Margaret A. Mitchell)
Laila Palermo .... production assistant
Jamie Payton .... animal wrangler
Anne S. Reilly .... unit publicist
John Scott .... head animal wrangler (as John D. Scott)
Anne M. Simonet .... assistant: Ms. Di Novi (as Anne Simonet)
Erin Smith .... assistant production coordinator
Julie Tjaden .... assistant: Ms. Di Novi
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Matthew C. Young .... researcher
Dorothy Aufiero .... production coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Harrison Cheung .... assistant: Christian Bale (uncredited)
Dana Dubé .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Joëlle François .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Lori Gillis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anne Lara .... press attache: France (uncredited)
April D. Matthews .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
Tim Monich .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Diane Puhalla .... assistant cutter/fitter (uncredited)
Dale Wibben .... custom made cutter (uncredited)
Polly Hannah Klaas .... film dedicated to
Judy Scott-Fox .... film dedicated to

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Rated PG for two uses of mild language
115 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Kirsten Dunst and Winona Ryder would later reunite on the short Welcome (2007/I), Dunst's debut film as a director which Ryder starred in.See more »
Anachronisms: The lyrics to the carol 'Deck The Halls' as sung in the movie are a variation of the original English lyrics and were first printed as this variant in America in 1877, although without the third 'fa la la la la...'.See more »
Friedrich Bhaer:You know, when first I saw you I thought "ah, she is a writer".
Jo:What made you think so?
[Friedrich indicates her inky fingers]
See more »
Movie Connections:
For the Beauty of the EarthSee more »


Is this movie another remake of the 1933 and 1949 movies?
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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
a triumph, 4 April 2003
Author: Mercy Bell (mercybell) from MA

I hear it's really hard to turn a book into a movie, and even as a viewer, I notice this. You can keep the book and lose a movie, or you make a movie and lose a book. But this balances and keeps the essence of the book and creates a miraculous movie that works on every single level.

It's depth, it's warmth, it's beauty (from aesthetics to costumes to storyline), it all works. I saw this movie before I read the book, and my mom, a big fan of the book loved it, so did my dad who had never read it.

Unlike a lot of period classics that are turned into films, this one has no rigidity or boring spots, and it doesn't feel like the dime a dozen period films out there that re-use the same costumes and replay the same stories. It flows and invites you into the world of these girls, making the 1860s and the March family intensely real.

Fabulous acting by an ensemble cast completes this film. Winona Ryder was inspired casting, and in my opinion makes the best screen Jo ever. She's feisty, strong, tomboyish, but has a warmth and grace about her that I feel Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson (the most famous Jo's) didn't have and suits the character wonderfully. the best thing about these characters is that they endear themselves to you, something many movies lack. Great ensemble as well: Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Claire Danes (at 14, believe it or not), Eric Stoltz, Kirsten Dunst, Trini Alvarado, Susan Wickes, Gabriel Byrne all of them are incredible, and fit perfectly.

And if you can get through Beth's death scene without crying, you're pretty tough. It's a scene that doesn't pull sentimental melodrama, but plays honestly and goes to that heartbreaking sadness of losing someone. And the geranium petals and dolls and Thomas Newman's brilliant score finish off the scene, and I think makes it one of the greatest scenes in any film of the last 10 years (and they didn't even include it in the 75th Oscars montage, tsk tsk). The ending is incredibly lovely, and as James Lipton of the Actors Studio says, only needs those "three words" to coney everything that needs to be said.

This is a beautiful film. It's inviting, but not overly sweet, and though nothing too exciting happens, still very fulfilling and entertaining; it can be very bittersweet, but it is a joyful film, and says a lot about people and our emotions and our lives and yet is not confrontational in the least. It pulled out themes and messages which are often looked over out of one of the world's most famous books and made a lasting work of art that touches your heart.

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