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(1994)

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While filming, Claire Danes was carrying a candle up the stairs and her hair caught on fire.
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.
At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom is Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered. Winona Ryder, much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional appeals for the child's safe return.
Claire Danes's feature film debut.
Jo and Friedrich talk about the concept of transcendentalism, which Jo says her parents are staunch believers in. Bronson Alcott is both the father of transcendentalism and Louisa May Alcott, the writer of the Little Women novel.
The Opera that Prof. Bhaer takes Jo to is "The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet.
Christina Ricci and Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of young Amy March, but the part went to Kirsten Dunst.
The set designer patterned the interiors after the layout of Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott's family home in Concord, Massachusetts. This is the house she lived in while writing the book, and she imagined its events taking place there.
Alicia Silverstone auditioned for the role of Beth March but was thought to be a bit older than how the filmmakers saw the character.
Kirsten Dunst and Winona Ryder would later reunite on the short Welcome (2007), Dunst's debut film as a director which Ryder starred in.
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Winona Ryder introduced Christian Bale to his future wife on the set of this film. By the time she worked as Ryder's personal assistant.
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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
John Duigan was originally attached as director. After he backed out, the directorial reins were taken up by fellow Antipodean, Gillian Armstrong.
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In the scene where Amy is reading to Aunt March from the Bible, the passage is Leviticus chapter 21, verse 23 through chapter 22, verse 1.
Christian Bale (Laurie) and Samantha Mathis (Older Amy March) are also in the movie American Psycho (2000). Christian Bale plays the lead role, Patrick Bateman in the movie.
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