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Winona Ryder (in an Oscar(r) nominated role) and Academy Award(r) winner Susan Sarandon (1995 Best Actress, Dead Man Walking) star in this "affectionate, superbly acted" (Los Angeles Times) family favorite. With her husband off at war, Marmee (Sarandon) is left alone to raise their four daughters, her Little Women. There is the spirited Jo (Ryder); conservative Meg (Trini Alvarado, Paulie); fragile Beth (Claire Danes, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet); and romantic Amy (played at different ages by Kristen Dunst, Wag the Dog and Samantha Mathis, Broken Arrow). As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March (Mary Wickes, The Man Who Came to Dinner) guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), Eric Stoltz (TV's Chicago Hope) and Christian Bale (The Portrait of a Lady) co-star in this "handcrafted valentine" (Newsweek) of a film.
The flaws are easily forgiven in this beautiful version of Louisa May Alcott's novel. A stirring look at life in New England during the Civil War, Little Women is a triumph for all involved. We follow one family as they split into the world, ending up with the most independent, the outspoken Jo (Winona Ryder). This time around, the dramatics and conclusions fall into place a little too well, instead of finding life's little accidents along the way. Everyone now looks a bit too cute and oh, so nice. As the matron, Marmee, Susan Sarandon kicks the film into a modern tone, creating a movie alive with a great feminine sprit. Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire) has another showy role. The young ensemble cast cannot be faulted, with Ryder beginning the movie in a role akin to light comedy and crescendoing to a triumphant end worthy of an Oscar. --Doug ThomasSee all Editorial Reviews
- HBO Making-Of Featurette
- Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary
- Costume and Production Design Gallery with Audio Commentary by Costume Designer Colleen Atwood
- plus! Two Trivia Games & An Historical Timeline
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If you like the BCC's versions of Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, you will love Little Women.
All in all, spectacular film. Bravo!
Hard to believe this is 22 years old! I loved this movie as a teen & love it even more as an adult.
Having had the good fortune of being raised by zealous readers with the most enormous inheritance of books (ages-old!) you can imagine, I hold a special place in my heart for classic literature. And so, once upon a time, when Hollywood would dare to produce a movie based upon one of my beloved classics & not carry out every detail to perfection, I would become enraged. Now, I'm older & more realistic, & just wish movie-makers would turn their attention toward these stories the way they used to...
All the sisters are real and not "little women". They were not saints and were not all chirpy and cheerful all the time. And I liked Susan Sarandon's characterization of Marmee. Also, with Eric Stolze as Professor John Brooks, it was more palatable that Meg would fall in love with him.
Never thought I would change my mind about Rossano Brazzi as Prof Bhaer, but Gabriel Byrne was more believable as the German professor, finding it difficult to earn a living in America.
Watch all three, make your own comparisons and write reviews...
I omitted one star for 2 facts : 1- This is a BD-R (which is manufactured on demand). 2- It's really high priced.
But if you are like me and you love the movie, don't hesitate to add this family serenade to your collection.