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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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Trivia

Marmee is probably Louisa May Alcott's version of "Mommie". She was non-rhotic; meaning her and her fellow New Englanders did not pronounce their r's. So she would have pronounced that Mommie. Also "Mommy" the new American pet name for Mother had never be written out in formal literature yet. Clemmens had used "Ma" and "Pa" in Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn; but no one had written out Mommy in a big formal book like this; this was the first one. And Alcott's New England-ish guess at that spelling was Marmee. So even though all the movies use the pronunciation "Mar-mee", it should be pronounced mah-mee. See more »

Goofs

When looking at Laurie through the window, Jo wonders if he is a captive, "like Smee in Nicholas Nickelby". The character she is referring to, however, is called 'Smike'. See more »

Quotes

John Brooke: Mr. Laurence! One doesn't shout at ladies as if they were cattle. My apologies!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1994 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Music by Felix Mendelssohn (as Felix Mendelssohn)
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beautiful
4 April 2020 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Long time, I saw this adaptation as the best. First, for performances, for admirable work of Winona Ryder, for splendid job of Christian Bale ( sure, as fan , am very subjective) but, especially for fine Marmee of Susan Sarandon. I saw it after decades and the main virtue remains ts adorable freshness. Something magic giving, maybe, new nuances to the novel images. So, just beautiful.


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Country:

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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:

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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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