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Little Women (1994)

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

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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 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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Save a place in your heart for the unforgettable story of these... LITTLE WOMEN 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:

Little Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,411,247, 25 December 1994

Gross USA:

$50,083,616

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,083,616
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It remains a mystery why this movie was rated PG and not G. The MPAA description describes "two scenes of strong language"; but there are no swears in this movie; or anything that is not appropriate to a family audience. Rumor has it the studio pressured the MPAA to rate this PG for box office and marketing reasons; so this could be sold to a girl teenage audience; so the MPAA complied; even though this is obviously a G rated movie. (Curiously, the 2018 version of Little Women was also rated PG-13; but that had a scene of a woman given birth topless from behind). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Josephine 'Jo' March: Doesn't he have a noble brow? If I were a boy I'd want to look just like that.
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Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
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Watching This Yields 'Rich' Results - A Wonderful Re-Make
12 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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