Little Women 1949

Little Women

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The March sisters -- Meg (Janet Leigh), Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien) and Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) -- struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, often with neighbor Laurie (Peter Lawford) as a companion. As they mature, they face burgeoning ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, all the while maintaining their unbreakable bond.

Cast & Crew

Rossano Brazzi
Professor Bhaer
Andrew Solt
Writer (Screenplay)
Sarah Y. Mason
Writer (Screenplay)
Victor Heerman
Writer (Screenplay)
Robert H. Planck
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Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
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Ralph E. Winters
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Adolph Deutsch
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Critic Reviews for Little Women

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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…
    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…

    Variety Staff

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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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film never survives its horrifically cheesy tone. [Full Review in Spanish]

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This version is a well-handled retelling of the classic Louisa May Alcott tale.

    March 23, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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    August 21, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Little Women

  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2010
    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.
    erika b Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2007
    A personal favorite.
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2007
    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.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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