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|Little Women |
Actors: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Gabriel Byrne
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Woman raises daughters in Civil-War New England.
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Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 7/24/2013...
The March Girls Joe, Meg, Beth and Amy their housekeeper Hannah and their mom Marmee are tried at Christmas.Poor Mrs. Hummels has a new baby and many little children and no food. The March sisters donate their breakfast to the Hummels. The girls make last minute decisions on their Christmas gifts. Mr Lawrence comes through with a grand Christmas for the March family and a special gift for poor, sweet but sickly Beth. This is a heartwarming story.
Reviewed on 8/31/2011...
*****150 The actors were superb. The setting was beautiful and the period clothing was very authentic. Winnona Rider's charatization was on point and so was the scene between her and the dying sister. Will enjoy it over and over again.
Phil S. (moxieman) from RALEIGH, NC
Reviewed on 6/14/2010...
My daughter thinks this is a wonderful movie. Definite chick-flick.
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Melissa C. from GAINESVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 1/10/2010...
I have loved this version of Alcott's classic since it came out in theaters in the 90's. Who can resist Christan Bale as Laurie???
Beautiful Version of the Classic Story
DonMac | Lynn, MA United States | 11/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of Little Women is a classic in its own right. Armstrong did an amazing job here capturing the period and coaxing beautiful performances from her cast. Ryder, Dunst, Alvarado, Mathis, Sarandon, Byrne, Bale and a heartbreaking Danes are all in top form. Visually, the movie is just beautiful and the soundtrack is mesmerizing. A must see."
A great movie and a great remake!!!
kat519 | Bolton, Massachusetts United States | 10/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To start out, this is one of my favorite books. So I of course started out with an additude to begin with, muttering that the book was always better. In this case, I was so wrong. The characters portrayed in this film are the same ones I met in 5th grade when I first read "Little Women". The actors shine in their roles and truly embody everyone one of the literary creations they represents.
Playing the March matriarch, Susan Sarandon is great! She is able to maintain the feel of the period while bringing to Marmee an empowering bout of women's rights thoughts. Sarandon gives off warmth and knowledge wiht the apparent ease of someone completely familiar with the material.
Wynona Ryder is another standout here. She is the raging bundle of emotion that we have all come to know as Jo March. Playing down her usually unique features, Ryder plays the part with spunk and earnestness.
My favorite here is Christian Bale as the oft put uopn Theodore "Laurie" Lawrence. Quite a jump from his "Newsies" days, Bale is the best Laurie I have seen on screen to date. He has the mannerisms and lines down to perfection, while still maintaining the spontanaity that really is a huge part of Laurie's character. He also handles the age jump incredibly well.
Not until my most recent viewing of the movie did I realize Gabriel Byrne was Professor Bhaer. The native irishman does a great job of bringing Frerdrick to life, right down to his physical bumbling and poetic heart.
In my opinion, this movie was a complete triumph and a complete success from novel to film. All actors are fine in their roles, most exceptional, and it is such a joy to see an old favorite and all-time classic brought to life which such enthusiasm and talent. This is a must-see for any fan of the novel~although it will leave you yearning for "Little Men" and Jo's Boys" featuring this cast-which has yet to be done!!"
Capturing the Spirit of a Classic
Laura Lilley | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Little Women was my favorite book as a child, and I still re-read it at least yearly as an adult for the comfort it gives me. I've probably read it 50 times over the last 30 years. I have also seen every filmed version of the book that I could, and was never completely satisfied. I held my breath as this version of the story rolled onto the screen.I was enchanted. It was all there, from the scenery to the costumes to the characters. Winona Ryder perfectly captured my fiery Jo, Kirsten Dunst the vanity of Amy, and Clair Danes the real depths of Beth, without any of them becoming a caricature. I loved the way Trini Alvarado, an actress new to me, potrayed the earnest, wistful, practical Meg. The passionate, fun-loving yet moody Laurie was perfectly found in Christian Bale, and the only difference between Gabriel Byrne and the professor I've always imagined is that Gabriel Byrne is more handsome. Aunt March had more dimensionality to her than in the book (and what a joy to see Mary Wickes in the role!). But the spirit that Louisa May Alcott gave to her book was caught ethereally in Marmee, as portrayed by Susan Sarandon. She was the real foundation of the film, and expanding her character was the wisest decision Gilllian Armstrong made. Yes, some of the things in the film were not in the book, but they were so consistent with the story, so central to the March family philosophy, that perhaps they should have been! I never thought that my beloved book could be improved upon, but it has been in this film. I also wish to mention the sets, the cinematography and the music, all which added so much to make my imagined world of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy become real. Thank you to everyone who worked on this precious film."