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Little Women 1994

A mother and her four daughters go about their daily chores and cope with a reduced income while their father is off doing his bit in the American Civil War as a Union army chaplain. There is unconventional Jo, Laurie, the neighbour who likes her company, and sisters Beth, Amy and Meg.

Starring:
Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne
Runtime:
1 hour, 53 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Gillian Armstrong
Starring Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne
Supporting actors Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, John Neville, Mary Wickes, Susan Sarandon, Florence Paterson, Robin Collins, Corrie Clark, Rebecca Toolan, Curt Willington, Billie Pleffer, Louella Pleffer, Janne Mortil, Sarah Strange
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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Format: DVD
This movie is a truly heartwarming, emotional and touching story about the lives and loves of 4 sisters, who have been left poor while their father has gone off to fight in the American Civil War. There is no limit to the number of the times I can watch this film, and I can be sure that every time I do I'll be moved to tears! One of the things I like most about this film is the score - the music is what will make you cry, and really gives it a great sense of atmosphere. The acting is brilliant, my heart breaks every time I watch Laurie's proposal scene! If you like romance, period drama, or just a really good story, this is for you, buy it today!
PS. Gabriel Byrne is hot in this. (!!!)
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Format: DVD
absolutely adored this remake of the classic story Little Women. I thought the whole movie was superb and perfectly cast and am really glad this remake was done. It was a great night at the movies.

Watching this movie made me enraptured with this time period and made me also want to know these people. The story wasn't changed and the movie's warmth and gentleness were still as luminous as ever. No flashiness at all just magnificent storytelling and it was really superb to see.

With so many movies oriented toward violence, anger, brutality etc Little Women is a breath of fresh air. I love all types of movies but where would we be without an occasional heartwarming, uplifting(at times) classic like this?

Everyone was flawless in this but I must single out Danes, Sarrandon and one of my favorites Ms Winona! (Who else but Winona could have played Jo?).

If you haven't seen this yet you certainly should. Little women is another classic that never gets old. This remake is Absolute perfection !
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Format: VHS Tape
It was intriguing to see this much-acclaimed version of the well-loved classic. Despite being a rather glossy adaptation of a rather detailed book, the film does an excellent job of really exploring the characters. Winona Ryder plays an endearing and rather believable Jo alongside a great cast including a painfully likeable Marmee (Susan Sarandon.) Filled with heart warming family scenes and picturesque childhood memories, this is an admirable account of those difficult decisions and choices women have to make throughout their lives. Not a film to watch if you want action and excitement but never the less a brilliant film that for once does the novel justice.
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Format: DVD
Louisa May Alcott's book has come to life in vivid detail and beauty. The casting is superb. The four sisters are a pleasure to watch and view as they develop into young ladies who experience both the pleasures and pains of growing into adulthood. The film depicts the changes in each character from adolescence and the growing pains associated with making independent decisions based on their personalities and values. As young ladies with education who grew up in a household where their opinions were heard and mattered, they stand in direct contrast with the majority of girls growing up at that time ...

In the attic, the sisters enact all the parts of a play which Jo had written ... it was a great moment when they invited Theodore Lawrence into their circle of friends. The individuality of each sister is quite evident. The film does a fine job of presenting each character, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as unique individuals who blossom, each into her own personality, when they are forced to make choices and deal with building their own lives. The film shows the flow of everyday life around the time of the Civil War, when their father was serving as a soldier. The film does a wonderful job of showing the social structure and class differences of the era. The language, speech and manners of the times are well acted ...

The close bonds of sisterhood are threatened by Beth's illness, and eventual death. The film presents Jo, Meg and Amy as they develop into responsible adults with independent lives and interests apart from the cocoon of the family. Meg's courtship and eventual marriage to a school teacher/tutor is done well, especially the birth of their twins.
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Format: DVD
First things first - watch it at all costs if only for a young Kirsten Dunst. I can't imagine a better Amy and whenever I go back to the book I always imagine her in the part. Full of life, adorable and hilarious. There's a bit I just love, where Jo says "Stop sulking, Amy, you look like a pigeon", and Amy leans back, rolls her eyes and gives a sulky couple of 'coo's. Sadly, she gets cut two thirds of the way through for a 'grown-up' Amy, who is all right but nothing to write home about.

I wanted to like it, but the film as a whole is pretty flawed. The pace is monotonous and some of the best scenes of the book are cut and replaced with dull dialogue. Because the film is of both Little Women books, a lot of character development is cut and so the first time old Mr. Laurence speaks is when he appears to give Beth a piano, apparently apropos of nothing.

The casting, apart from Kirsten, left me with a lot to be desired. Romance fans, prepare to be disappointed by a completely bloodless Meg (who looks more like 30 than 16) and John Brooke. Claire Danes did as well as she could with a sadly under-written Beth. Winona Ryder makes a pretty good Jo, but Christian Bale was far too old to play Laurie (who is meant to be 15 at the start), and added a certain sleaziness to the character which I didn't care for.

A complete departure from the book was the character of Marmee (Susan Sarandon), here turned into a raging feminist, slipping into speeches on the evils of corsets left, right and centre. Were Marmee's morals considered too old-fashioned for the 90s, or what? Personally, I though she was fine the way she was, especially considering it's set in the 1860s. Luckily, there is still a sweetness to the character and at least they did bring out her principled side.
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