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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

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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,083,616
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1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

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The carol 'Ding Dong Merrily On High' was first published in 1924 with lyrics by George Ratcliffe Woodward. See more »

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Friedrich: Jo. Such a little name for... such a person.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Mamma Mia! (2015) See more »

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For the Beauty of the Earth
Lyrics by Folliott S. Pierpont
Music by Conrad Kocher
Vocals: Trini Alvarado, Kirsten Dunst, and Claire Danes
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a triumph

I hear it's really hard to turn a book into a movie, and even as a viewer, I notice this. You can keep the book and lose a movie, or you make a movie and lose a book. But this balances and keeps the essence of the book and creates a miraculous movie that works on every single level.

It's depth, it's warmth, it's beauty (from aesthetics to costumes to storyline), it all works. I saw this movie before I read the book, and my mom, a big fan of the book loved it, so did my dad who had never read it.

Unlike a lot of period classics that are turned into films, this one has no rigidity or boring spots, and it doesn't feel like the dime a dozen period films out there that re-use the same costumes and replay the same stories. It flows and invites you into the world of these girls, making the 1860s and the March family intensely real.

Fabulous acting by an ensemble cast completes this film. Winona Ryder was inspired casting, and in my opinion makes the best screen Jo ever. She's feisty, strong, tomboyish, but has a warmth and grace about her that I feel Katharine Hepburn and June Allyson (the most famous Jo's) didn't have and suits the character wonderfully. the best thing about these characters is that they endear themselves to you, something many movies lack. Great ensemble as well: Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Claire Danes (at 14, believe it or not), Eric Stoltz, Kirsten Dunst, Trini Alvarado, Susan Wickes, Gabriel Byrne all of them are incredible, and fit perfectly.

And if you can get through Beth's death scene without crying, you're pretty tough. It's a scene that doesn't pull sentimental melodrama, but plays honestly and goes to that heartbreaking sadness of losing someone. And the geranium petals and dolls and Thomas Newman's brilliant score finish off the scene, and I think makes it one of the greatest scenes in any film of the last 10 years (and they didn't even include it in the 75th Oscars montage, tsk tsk). The ending is incredibly lovely, and as James Lipton of the Actors Studio says, only needs those "three words" to coney everything that needs to be said.

This is a beautiful film. It's inviting, but not overly sweet, and though nothing too exciting happens, still very fulfilling and entertaining; it can be very bittersweet, but it is a joyful film, and says a lot about people and our emotions and our lives and yet is not confrontational in the least. It pulled out themes and messages which are often looked over out of one of the world's most famous books and made a lasting work of art that touches your heart.


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