Little Women Poster

Release Date: 1994

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 1997

PG|1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary
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: Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz

Director: Gillian Armstrong

Genres: Drama

Production Co: DiNovi Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Sacrifice, Playful, Family, Inspiring, Spirited, Sister, New York City, Touching, Growing up, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Ms. Armstrong's Little Women, which has enough sugar to make your teeth sing, if not your heart. [29 Dec 1994]

  • Director Gillian Armstrong takes the delicate snow globe that is Little Women and gives it a bold new shake. [21 Dec 1994]

  • Armstrong and screenwriter Robin Swicord have pared the work's sentimentality and bolstered its intellectual content, [21 Dec 1994]

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1994)
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