Little Women

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Thanks to a powerhouse lineup of talented actresses, Gillian Armstrong's take on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women proves that a timeless story can succeed no matter how many times it's told.

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In this 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic, the March sisters confront growing pains, financial shortages, family tragedies and romantic rivalries in mid-19th-century Massachusetts. Jo (Winona Ryder) struggles for independence and sometimes clashes with her beloved mother and her sisters Meg, Amy and Beth. She also contends with their cranky Aunt March, their impulsive neighbor Laurie (Christian Bale) and kindly linguistics professor Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne).

Cast & Crew

Winona Ryder
Josephine "Jo" March
Gabriel Byrne
Friedrich Bhaer
Samantha Mathis
Older Amy March
Kirsten Dunst
Younger Amy March
Claire Danes
Beth March
Eric Stoltz
John Brooke
John Neville
Mr. Lawrence
Mary Wickes
Aunt March
Robin Swicord
Writer (Screenplay)
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Geoffrey Simpson
Cinematographer
Nicholas Beauman
Film Editor
Jan Roelfs
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Critic Reviews for Little Women

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Audience Reviews for Little Women

  • Dec 11, 2013
    Let's skip over the Liz Taylor version from the 40s and state that this treatment of the tale is a good following of the tradition. Perhaps not as charming as the one in the 30s, it nonetheless features some good acting particularly by Gabriel Byrne as the old guy who ends up with one of the young 'uns.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2013
    The literary classic Little Women is adapted again for a modern audience in this wonderful coming of age film. The story follows the March sisters as they struggle to cope with the absence of their father and grow up during the Civil War. The cast is excellent, and includes Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, and Susan Sarandon; who all deliver great performances. The costumes and set designs are also exceptionally well done. Yet, the film does have problems providing enough character development. Though it has some issues, this is an enchanting and compelling cinematic adaptation of Little Women.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2011
    The movie starts with Abigail March (Susan Sarandon) raising four young daughters while her husband is off fighting in the Civil Wars. It is basically about the growing up of the March sisters: spunky Jo (Winona Ryder), the delightful Amy (young - Kirsten Dunst, older - Samantha Mathis), angelic Beth (Claire Danes) and virtuous Meg (Trini Alvarado). The film follows the girls, as well as their mother as they laugh and bicker through the many situations that come their way. The male characters are also interesting. They live next door to a wealthy man whose grandson Laurie (a very hot Christian Bale) becomes a suitor to Jo, the independent daughter who wants to become a writer. All events lead to Jo and Laurie becoming an item, but when Laurie proposes, Jo refuses. We get to know Mr. Brooke (Eric Stoltz) who will become very important in Meg's life while Gabriel Byrne plays Friedrich Bhaer who wins Winona Ryder's love during her time in New York. The cinematography is breathtaking and the performances are pretty good. Winona Ryder, Christian Bale and a young Kirsten Dunst in particular do a very good job as does Susan Sarandon who plays Marmee.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Yet another version of the classic novel. I loved the cast, and of course the story is timeless, so it's a good movie. The only problem is that if you've seen the other little women movies, it's just the same story again. Anyway, it's good movie.
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