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Little Women (1949)

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Of the many film versions of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, this 1949 MGM adaptation is by far the prettiest. Set in New England during the Civil War, the film relates the various adventures of the March sisters: Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien), Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) and Meg (Janet Leigh). Jo emerges as the main character, as she leaves hearth and home to try her luck as a novelist in New York. Moments of high comedy (the sisters' amateur theatricals) are counterpointed with grim

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Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Classics

Aug 26, 2003

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

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A shade less ambitious than its 1933 predecessor (which starred Katharine Hepburn and Joan Bennett), it still jerks tears with easy efficiency.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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The tender story, with its frank and unashamed assault on the emotions, still has its effective moments at times when the sentiment doesn't grow a little too thick.

March 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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If anything, it has hauled back much too briskly on the strings of the heart and has strained a few muscles in the process. Its consequent agony shows.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This version is a well-handled retelling of the classic Louisa May Alcott tale.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Little Women

Bandbox pretty version of the Louisa May Alcott classic while not the definitive rendering of the story is still a very enjoyable film. All the lead actresses are really too old for their parts except maybe Janet Leigh but they make a good try. Elizabeth Taylor has Amy's flightiness down pat and June is scrappy as Jo while Mary Astor is effective as that tower of strength Marmee. Lucile Watson swoops in from time to time and steals scenes as that keening shrew Aunt March.
November 24, 2011
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jay nixon

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Little women are about 4 women that grew up in the Civil War period.
They were face with hardships like having their father off fighting in the war, being poor and being teenaged. When a new boy moves in next door the girl's world turns up side town. Over time they had to learn ho to deal with news things of growing up like falling in love and that they cannot live together under their parents house forever.
Pros
Good acting and plot.
It had good music in this film.
This film is really moving.
Con it can be slow some times
If you like coming age films, click flicks or really moving films, you should give this a try.
May 16, 2011
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erika bruhns

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This is kind of an all-star cast, to different effect. I felt like every sister had her own personality, and weirdly enough my favorite character in this one is Beth (though I hated her in the book). It's because Margaret O'Brien is really precious.
April 29, 2011
jennifxu

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Most women can relate somehow to the story Little Women, and there have been a couple of movies based on the book along with this one. This movie has a great cast, and I enjoyed it.
October 24, 2010
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