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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jo March
... Friedrich Bhaer
... Meg March
... Older Amy March
... Younger Amy March
... Beth March
... Laurie
... John Brooke
... Mr. Laurence
... Aunt March
... Mrs. March
Florence Paterson ... Hannah
Robin Collins ... Carriage Boy
... Belle Gardiner
... Mrs. Gardiner
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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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25 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Mujercitas  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,083,616
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Trivia

Andrea Libman's 2nd PG film, first being Andre (1994). See more »

Goofs

The lyrics the family sings at Christmas to "Deck the Halls" were not written until 1903, almost 40 years after the timeframe shown. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bangs: There is nothing to be done. If I bleed her, it would finish her. Best send for the mother.
Laurie: Forgive me. I have already done so. Mrs. March arrives on the train this night.
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Referenced in Aspirational (2014) See more »

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Port Royal Gallop
Composed by Claudio Grafulla
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"Little Women" in it's own right
11 September 2002 | by See 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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