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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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The story that has Lived in our hearts For generations, Now comes to the screen For the holidays See more »

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Drama | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christina Ricci, Natalie Portman, and Thora Birch auditioned for the role of young Amy March, but the part went to Kirsten Dunst. See more »

Goofs

The soldiers' uniforms in the various party scenes have both stripes on the sleeves and shoulder boards. In reality, stripes on the sleeves denote an enlisted man, and shoulder boards denote an officer. They are thus mutually exclusive and both would not have been worn by the same individual. See more »

Quotes

Amy: You don't need scores of suitors. You need only one... if he's the right one.
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Leïla! Leïla! Dieu puissant
from opera "Les pêcheurs de perles", Acte 2. No 9
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Performed by Barbara Hendricks and John Aler with Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
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"Little Women" in it's own right
11 September 2002 | by mercybellSee all my reviews

Though some may argue that the older classic versions of Little Women with Katherine Hepburn and June Allison may be better because it sticks to the book, this is the only version that captures the spirit of the book.

Though the filmmakers took license to cut away certain specifics, the end result is an absolutely gorgeous film that stands on it's own completely. One would be able to watch this film without ever having read or known the book and seen it as it's own film.

The film thrives on small scenes and nuances, moments of person to person contact, production design and cinematography, the all important score (which adds a great deal to the film). This delicate and complicated symbiosis between all aspects tactfully and poignantly creates the story, something missing from many movies these days which creates a tangible and effervescent emotional layer. Then the acting of one of the best ensembles to hit the screen in a long time. Keep an eye out for Susan Sarandon and Claire Daines in roles that ought to have been nominated along with Ryder. These actors create people that endear themselves to us, and make the film even more than it could have been.

It's a small scale masterpiece that will leave you in tears. The film is honest and true in it's portrayal of human emotion. It went from being an adaptation of the book to it's own story and portrayal of people and their lives. It's beautiful aesthetically and dramatically, and a real gem of a film.


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