Little Women

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Product Overview

Acclaimed adaptation of louisa may alcott's civil war-era novel about the life and times of the four march sisters. Special features: subtitles in english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean and thai, director's commentary, two trivia games, talent files, historical timeline, deleted scenes and much more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40134192
UPC 043396050440
UPC 14 00043396050440
Format DVD
Release Date 7/19/2005
Rating Rating
Civil War
Family Interaction
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The fourth screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 novel, LITTLE WOMEN, is given a realistic and rounded treatment by screenwriter Jo Swicord and Australian director Gillian Armstrong, whose perspective emphasizes a feminist tone. The story chronicles the lives of a mother and four daughters and their daily toils during the Civil War in the absence of their father, a Union army chaplain. Winona Ryder (in an Oscar-nominated performance) is vibrant as Jo, the least conventional of the sisters. Christian Bale captures the ebullience of their neighbor, Laurie, whose company Jo enjoys so much it seems inevitable that they will end up together. Kirsten Dunst (at age 12) gives a fiery performance as the younger Amy, proving even more willful than Jo; Claire Danes brings a mysterious otherworldliness to Beth. LITTLE WOMEN, touchingly rendered, has many subtle moments and an appropriately moving visual sense to accompany the narrative. Susan Sarandon and Gabriel Byrne also star in this well-crafted film.
Plot Summary
Summary LITTLE WOMEN is based on Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 novel about a family's struggles during the Civil War while the father, a Union army chaplain, is away. Together, the mother (Susan Sarandon) and her four daughters face hardships, love, and grief while helping each other realize their hopes and dreams. The fourth, latest cinematic version of the much-loved book follows the adventures and romances of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March as they grow up and become young women. Winona Ryder was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Jo; other supporting players include Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, and Gabriel Byrne.
New York Times "...Armstrong's enchantingly pretty film is so potent that it prompts a rush of recognition from the opening frame....[Ryder] plays Jo with spark and confidence..." 12/21/1994 p.C13
USA Today "...Winona Ryder is a delightfully rompish Jo..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 02/17/1995 p.4D
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] glowing new adaptation....Accessibly, appealingly contemporary..." -- Rating: A 01/13/1995 p.41
Los Angeles Times "...Beguiling....LITTLE WOMEN brings alive the past so vividly but perceives it through a contemporary sensibility so acute that you have the feeling that you're watching life unfolding before you..." 12/21/1994 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...[The actresses create] the warmth and familiarity of a real family..." 12/21/1994 p.45
Gillian Armstrong
Trini Alvarado
Susan Sarandon
Winona Ryder
Gabriel Byrne
Cast & Crew
Claire Danes - Actor
Eric Stoltz - Actor
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Kirsten Dunst - Actor
Samantha Mathis - Actor
Susan Sarandon - Actor
Winona Ryder - Actor
Louisa May Alcott - Based On Novel By
Geoffrey Simpson - Cinematographer
Gillian Armstrong - Director
Thomas Newman - Musical Score
Denise Di Novi - Producer
Robin Swicord - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 05044
UPC 00043396050440
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1995) Winona Ryder, Nominee, Best Actress,Colleen Atwood, Nominee, Best Music, Original Score,Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Costume Design
British Academy Awards (1995) Thomas Newman, Nominee, Best Costume Design
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Exquisite rendering of Louisa May Alcott's Civil War-era classic about four devoted sisters who eventually have to leave their New England nest. A perfect cast is led by Ryder as the headstrong Jo, with Sarandon as that tower of strength, Marmee. Not a false moment or false move in the entire film, though purists may object to Marmee mouthing 1990s-style feminist doctrine. Veteran character actress Wickes threatens to steal every scene she's in, as crotchety Aunt March.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review With rich, colorful cinematography (the Autumn scenes are especially vibrant) and a fine score by Thomas Newman, Little Women is technically accomplished. It's the performances, however, that make this movie special. Winona Ryder fashions a near-perfect Jo, Alcott's headstrong alter-ego in the fictional autobiography. Had it been demanded of her, the actress undoubtedly could have carried the entire film. However, this version allows the other sisters some development independent of Jo, and all the actresses hold their own.
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Ryder,Winona
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
John Anderson, Newsday The best family movie of the year!
Joy Browne, WOR Radio A classic comes to life with humor, passion, beauty and intelligence.

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