Little Women
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Little Women

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Director: Gillian Armstrong

Cast: Gillian Armstrong, Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado


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This special edition of Gillian Armstrong's Little Women truly is special. In addition to the very nice anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, English soundtracks are offered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and Portuguese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while…  See more details below


This special edition of Gillian Armstrong's Little Women truly is special. In addition to the very nice anamorphic widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, English soundtracks are offered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and Portuguese soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are also available. The bountiful supplemental materials include a commentary track by the director, deleted scenes (also with director's commentary), a "making of" featurette, two different trivia games, a historical timeline, an isolated musical score, a costume and set design gallery with commentary by the film's fashion designer Colleen Atwood, theatrical trailers, talent files, and production notes. The wealth of material on this disc makes it an interesting buy for any DVD lover, but close to a must-have for any fan of the film itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Matthew Johnson
As unpredictable as youth, and told with rare gentleness, director Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (adapted by Robin Swicord) merits strong consideration in the pantheon of great literary adaptations. Armstrong's effort is the second filming of the book, following George Cukor's 1933 effort starring Katharine Hepburn. For the usual mysterious commercial reasons, Armstrong's film performed modestly at the box office, but that certainly can't be blamed on the cast, for they breathe more life into this story of the road from girlhood to womanhood than Cukor's august bunch. Susan Sarandon is Marmee March, a Massachusetts abolitionist during the Civil War raising four daughters while her husband is away with the Union army. Each of her daughters is uniquely strong and independent. Jo (Winona Ryder), the second daughter (who narrates the film), aspires to be a writer and finds a kindred spirit in neighbor Laurie Lawrence (Christian Bale, American Psycho). Her older sister Meg (Trini Alvarado) searches local society for a suitor, finding one in Laurie's tutor, John Brooke (Eric Stolz). Along with younger sisters Beth (Claire Danes) and Amy (Kirsten Dunst and later Samantha Mathis), Jo and Meg entertain themselves in an island of freedom during an age when women were second-class citizens. The bias against women -- best illustrated when Jo, as a struggling writer in New York, falls in love with Professor Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne) -- only helps to strengthen the bonds of the four sisters and their mother.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
With director Gillian Armstrong and star Susan Sarandon involved, it was a safe bet that the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women would highlight the feminist undertones in a story about four daughters growing up under the nurturing eye of their Marmee. Rather than lard on the sentiment or the message, however, Armstrong's dramatic restraint makes the tale of sisterhood, love, and family all the more affecting. Establishing the March sisters' personalities through their quotidian interactions with one another and the handsome men in their lives, Armstrong never loses sight of Marmee's challenge to her girls to develop their intellects as well as their beauty, even as 19th century convention dictated that they yearn for the men of their dreams. Anchored by Winona Ryder's performance as aspiring writer Jo, the uniformly strong ensemble cast breathes life into the March family's emotional highs and lows; the carefully crafted period settings and costumes lend an appropriately appealing atmosphere. Greeted with rave reviews, Little Women became a Christmas-season success and went on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Costumes and for Ryder as Best Actress.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Director Gillian Armstrong's audio commentary; Deleted scenes with director's commentary; "Making-of" featurette; Two trivia games; Historical timeline; Isolated music score; Costume and set design gallery with Colleen Atwood's commentary; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Production notes; Scene selections with motion images

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Jo March
Gabriel Byrne Friedrich Bhaer
Trini Alvarado Meg March
Samantha Mathis Amy March (older)
Susan Sarandon Marmee March
Kirsten Dunst Amy March (Age 10)
Claire Danes Beth March
Eric Stoltz John Brooke
John Neville Grandpa Lawrence
Christian Bale Laurie Laurence
Mary Wickes Aunt March
Florence Patterson Hannah
Rebecca Toolan Mrs Gardiner
Janne Mortil Sally Moffat
Ahnee Boyce Sally's Friend
Michelle Goodger Hortense
Christine Lippa Mrs Hummel
Matthew Walker Mr. March
Beverley Elliott Irish Maid
Jay Brazeau Dashwood
Kate Robbins Opera Singer Leila
David Adams Opera Singer Nadir
Donal Logue Jacob Mayer
Scott Bellis John McCracken
John Shaw Charles Botts
Brian Finn Demi
Janie Woods-Morris Boston Matron
Marilyn Norry Mrs Kirk

Technical Credits
Gillian Armstrong Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Batut Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Warren Carr Associate Producer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Naomi Donne Makeup
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Carrie Frazier Casting
Shani Ginsberg Casting
Richard St. John Harrison Set Decoration/Design
Richard Hudolin Art Director
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
William H. Orr Special Effects
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Geoffrey Simpson Cinematographer
Lee Smith Set Decoration/Design
Robin Swicord Co-producer,Screenwriter
Mark Turnbull Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:17]
2. Concord, Massachusetts [1:35]
3. Christmas Eve [9:32]
4. Laurie & Jo [8:52]
5. "Teacher Struck Me." [4:21]
6. Amateur Theatrics [5:41]
7. The Missing Manuscript [1:48]
8. The Ice on Walden Pond [2:39]
9. Preparing for the Ball [2:55]
10. The Coming-Out Party [8:07]
11. The Hummels [1:43]
12. Professional Author [9:12]
13. Father Returns [1:06]
14. Four Years Later [1:53]
15. Laurie Proposes [1:01]
16. New York [:31]
17. Debating the Vote [6:27]
18. Two Stories Published [7:48]
19. Amy & Laurie in France [1:11]
20. "I Find You Changed." [4:38]
21. An Honest Opinion [2:37]
22. Telegram [3:48]
23. With Beth [1:22]
24. Beth's Trunk [1:16]
25. Writing What She Knows [8:04]
26. A Daughter & a Son [1:55]
27. Little Women [2:16]
28. End Credits [4:40]


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Little Women 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
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80NEPatsGrl More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorite movies! Wonderfully made, brilliant performances.
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Sofi20 More than 1 year ago
"Little Women" is a book written by Luisa May Alcott in 1868. Most people consider it to be a "girl's book", but I think that everyone can learn some valuable life lessons from this book. The story is about four young girls Meg, Joe, Beth and Amy who live with their mother, and struggle against poverty, while their father is serving as a doctor in the Civil War. At the beginning of the novel they are all young and innocent, unprepared to face the reality, but as the story continues they learn the hard way that life is not a fairy tale. Joe is one the sisters and also the main character of the novel, who has to face many obstacles in life: saying goodbye to her older sister when she gets married, coping with the death of her younger sister Beth and struggling to become someone in this world through writing. She has a unique personality, yet she has many things in common with us. Even though she is the rebel of the family, she has a nice heart and cares about the others. Another important character in the novel is Mrs. March, the mother of the girls. Since Mr. March is not there to support the family, they do not have the money that they had before. Mrs. March knows how her daughters feel about this and she makes sure that even though they are struggling economically the girls do not complain about anything. She is that kind of a person who would sacrifice herself for other people. Mrs. March is a wonderful mother, who provides wisdom and advice for her children and leads then through the narrow path of happiness. This book is not only fun to read but also provides you with words of wisdom about life. I learned a lot by reading "Little Women" and I am really happy that I had the chance to read such a wonderful book. By reading this book I learned to important things: the role of the family in someone's life and no matter how difficult the situation may look you should never give up. The family plays a vital role for everyone, because it is always there to support you or pick you up if you fall. I find it really hard to get through life without the love and the support of my family. Perseverance is also and other important thing if you need to succeed in life, seeing Joe struggling with her writing but succeeding at the end because she never gave up motivates you to do the same thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a good movie i almost cry every time I see it. It is so touching I will alaway's Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
LITTLE WOMEN is the greatest movie ever! My sister gave it to me a few years back and I never really watched it, but one day I did and I loved it! And I still love it! The actors and actresses did an amazing job. Jo (Wionna Ryder) is beautiful! The story is great, i think i should read the book! I highly recommend this book. It is touching and uplifting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? I actually cried at the end of this movie. I always wanted to grow up in a house with many sisters as my mother did and this film gave me all the feelings and emotions of a household full of women. There was joy, anger, happiness, etc. There was pain and sadness as well as laughter! Winona Ryder was excellent as was all the other sisters! Watch this on a rainy day with some popcorn and tissue! A great movie and an absolutely greater cast! Bravo to you all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie, I love the book, and I think L.M.A. is my idol. *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie! it was the best movie I have ever seen! I recommend this movie to EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is so good. and so are the book. but the is maybe a little bit to sweet, and that is the movie not at all. i think the movie is best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE!!!!!This Movie I could watch it everyday!!!Its the BEST!!!So is the Book.I think ALL THE ACTORS!!!did Wonderful!!This is My Favorite Movie of alltime!!I really recommend this movie to all!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie! I've read the book and it stays pretty faithful. Although, they leave out the last chapter, which I would have liked to have seen. And it also bugs me that they credit Jo for writing 'Little Women' in the movie, when that NEVER happened in the book. I realize Jo sort of came from Louisa May Alcott, but they still shouldn't have done it. Great acting! I can see why Winona Ryder got an Oscar nomination for this role, not that the others didn't deserve it. I'm glad they didn't make the men as described in the book. I don't think Professor Bhaer would have been as appealing if he had a long gray beard and hair. Please watch this movie and read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie so, so, so much. i've been watching this movie since i was 4 and even when i was 4 i loved it so much i wore my mom's copy of the tape out and my grandma's copy of the tape out. 8 years later i still love this movie SO MUCH. it's one of my VERY favorite movies(along with Ever After and Sense and Senseability) and i almost cry everytime i watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie Little Women sparks compassion for war time while bringing families closer together. The piece will enudre the test of time and live in the viewers heart forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's such a great movie!It's also so sad in the part when Beth dies.I started to cry all over.Mostly I like the music, because it really brings out the movie scenes, especially during the sad scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess it is my fault for reading the book so narrow mindedly. But, I loved jo's character so much that I was sure and so longed for she and laurie to fall in love and get married. Other than that, the book was remarkable. The family values portrayed in this book should be what we all strive for in our own homes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of those feel good dramas that make you all warm inside. It's a nice movie to a good book and Winona Ryder does a good job portraying Jo March, one of the March sisters. Her mother and sisters go through some events but learn something from it. Entertaining film none the less.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. I love it more each time I see could easily become a classic. The stories of all these young sisters making the transition from child into woman. If you have a sentimental heart you will enjoy this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Louisa May Alcott's book and I have seen three movie adaptations of the book and while I prefer the 1949 version with June Allyson and the 1933 version with Katharine Hepburn I liked this too. It's not entirely faithful to the book but does have the spirit of the book and has a good cast, especially Susan Sarandan, Gabriel Byrne, Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst and I like that in this movie they made Amy the youngest because she was the youngest of the girls in the book and the older movies made Beth younger than Amy and I liked how they got it right in this version and I have to assume that reviwers who compained that Amy was younger than Beth in this version must not have read Louisa May Alcott's book and only saw the older movie versions because if they had read the book they would know that Amy is supposed to be younger than Beth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, 1 month after reading the book and I watch this version. Not bad. It has a lot of gaps in it, though, and parts were jumped around. (Meg's twins were born long before Beth died.) Also, I found that the love affair between John and Meg came up a little too quickly. (First she's on his arm and then they're engaged.) Ryder did a good portrayal of Jo, even though there was something missing in the character in parts that I could not put my finger on. I'm slightly disappointed that this version did not focus on all of the sisters, as the book did. It focused some on Beth, some on Amy, some on Jo, but Meg pretty much left the picture for a while when she was married, until she had her twins. I liked Kirsten Dunst as the younger Amy. There were very boring parts in the book, I will admit, that were very slow reading. This is the only version I've seen so far, for the 2nd time. (1st doesn't count, I was only about 3 years old.) The movie did not leave me satisfied, even though it was not bad. The acting was acceptable, but overall I found the movie a little lacking. The movie could have gone a little further beyond the umbrella scene, that bugged me a little. I don't think the message Little Women was supposed to give came out completely in this movie.