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Little Women (1994)

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

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writers:

Louisa May Alcott (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Florence Paterson ... Hannah
Robin Collins Robin Collins ... Carriage Boy
Corrie Clark ... Belle Gardiner
Rebecca Toolan ... Mrs. Gardiner
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujercitas See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,083,616
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia Hussey expressed interest in playing Marmee, but was ultimately turned down due to her thick English accent and because producers felt that she looked too much like Trini Alvarado (Meg March) See more »

Goofs

When Laurie spots Amy painting in Europe, he drops his cigarette twice. See more »

Quotes

Beth: I'm so full of happiness, that if Father was only here, I couldn't hold one drop more.
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Connections

Version of Little Women (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Ding Dong Merrily on High
Traditional
Music by Thoinot Arbeau (uncredited) and lyrics by George Ratcliffe Woodward (uncredited)
[Music incorrectly credited as Traditional]
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Heartwarming and true to the book
12 February 2006 | by LeadingLadybugSee all my reviews

"Little Women" is a gem of a movie, encompassing comedy, drama, and romance into one well-made film that is true to Louisa May Alcott's literary classic. It follows the lives of the four March sisters, from the turbulence of youth, the turmoil and romance of adolescence, the joy of love, and the pain of loss. The quality of this movie depends entirely upon the chemistry between the actors, and it accomplished this with success. The film is a vignette of scenes throughout the sisters' lives, showing their relationships with one another and with the people around them.

Winona Ryder is the quintessential Jo, the tomboyish, spirited sister who dreams of becoming an accomplished writer. She brings a refreshingly sweet, human touch to the character, who is as impulsive and headstrong as she is ambitious and loving. Ryder carried the film beautifully, and much of its success is due to her.

Trini Alvarado made a very pretty and convincing Meg, the dependable older sister, although she is not so set on marrying for money as she is in the book. Claire Danes as sweet, selfless Beth, really shone in one heartbreaking scene that is impossible not to cry through. For her performance as the spoiled youngest sister, Amy, the very young Kirsten Dunst showed remarkable potential, and brought humor to the character.

Christian Bale as Laurie was everything the "boy next door" should be: handsome, kind, and charming. His chemistry with Winona Ryder was considerable, and made their friendship very believable. Susan Sarandon played a wonderful Marmee, supportive and loving towards her girls.

Another thing I would recommend is the soundtrack to this movie, composed by Thomas Newman, which has some gorgeous music on it.

10/10


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