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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 7 wins & 17 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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After about an hour and 3 minutes into the movie Samantha Mathis portrays Amy instead of Kirsten Dunst. See more »

Goofs

When Laurie receives Jo's letter in London, telling him of Beth's death, her voice-over says, "Please, Teddy, come back to us". But when we see the letter a moment later, it actually says "come back to me". See more »

Quotes

Marmee March: Oh, Jo. Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You're ready to go out and - and find a good use for your talent. Tho' I don't know what I shall do without my Jo. Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Winona Ryder/Moby (2002) See more »

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Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
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A worthy remake
3 November 2004 | by TheArgentWolfSee all my reviews

In general, I don't like film remakes of books, but this is a great exception, because this movie is a complete masterpiece. It follows the March girls - Amy, Beth, Meg, and Jo - through their lives and loves.

Kirsten Dunst's performance at a young age was brilliant for someone so young, and she was perfect to play Amy. She was a clever and funny girl in the book, and this came across really well in Kirsten's acting. Clare Danes, Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon were also excellent in this, especially Clare and Winona. They are exactly as I can imagine Jo and Beth.

It takes a lot to make me cry, and I absolutely sobbed at the scene when Beth died. It was so heart-wrenching, and I feel that the petals on the bed were a good touch to it.

The whole story of Little Women - whether it be film or literary - is a masterpiece.


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