David C. Hearn | 09/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At last The TV Mini Serize of Little Women is finally available here in the USA and although there are other versions out there ; this is one of the best . All the girls are wonderful as the sisters; but Dey is one of the best Jo holding her own with Hepburn and Allison. The real treat is Greer Garson as Aunt March ; Robert Young as old Mr. Lawrence and Dorothy McGuire as Marmee. They are three stars from the Golden Years of Hollywood who make this an A list movie. A movie to be watched and rewatched and treasured!"
Best film adaptation of Little Women
Alesia | 08/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For fans of Louisa May Alcott and her treasured novel, you must see this film! I have been searching for it for years (after its NBC debut, it was unavailable to rent or purchase anywhere!), and I'm so thrilled to finally find it on Amazon. No other film adaptation of Little Women compares to this one: both beautifully acted and filmed, it will move you like no other. A movie tradition for families to share for years to come..."
An Admirable Adaptation
Jennie Johanson | 06/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult books to adapt to film. Much of the story revolves around inner struggles, which is hard to portray on screen, the period costumes are anything but simple, and besides this, a great deal of time transpires, so often the actors either look too old or too young for their parts. While this TV miniseries isn't perfect, I think that the filmmakers did an admirable job. The running time of a little over three hours gives the advantage of accuracy, without ever dragging. Even though certain portions were altered or cut out altogether, the script flowed naturally and presented many of the often overlooked facets to this lovely story. In my review here, I will attempt to report both the strengths and weaknesses of this movie.
On a positive note, the four March sisters are superb in their roles. Susan Day is the most human and real Jo I have seen so far, combining all the fiery temper, kindness and impetuous loyalty she possessed in the novel. Not only was Meg (Meredith Baxter) sufficiently pretty, but I was very much pleased to see her character given more development as she grew from girl to woman. Eve Plumb became everything I had ever pictured Beth to be and Ann Dusenberry's Amy grew on me, although she never became a favorite of mine. Altogether, I felt that this film captured the sisters dynamic well and gave each of them a chance to shine. The rest of the cast did a good job too, and I especially loved Greer Garson's proud and stuffy "Aunt March" and Richard Gilliland as the neighbor boy, Laurie. Speaking of Laurie, it was a delight to see the conflict between him and his grandfather included, which is usually glossed over. Other highlights are the beautiful sets, outdoor scenery, gorgeous costumes and especially the appropriate ending where Beth is remembered.
Now onto some of the flaws: as usual, the movie reflects the era in which it was filmed, which in this case is the 70s. My sister couldn't help but point out Laurie's plaid suit and the dated hairstyle. Speaking of hair, Jo's never seemed to grow back even as time passed, which I personally found a bit frustrating. Couldn't they have filmed the scenes at the end and the beginning while Susan Day had long hair, and then gradually cut it shorter as they got to the middle point where Jo sacrificed it for her family's sake? I also didn't care for the score (it wasn't subtle enough) and I hated the dramatic fade outs, which broke up the flow of the scenes. However, the age of the actors (particularly Laurie and Amy) at the start of the movie probably bothered me the most. They looked silly pretending to be younger than they were. This really cannot be helped though, and one of the reasons that "Little Women" is so hard to adapt is because so much time elapses with little physical change in the actors.
As a huge fan of Louisa May Alcott, I am always skeptical when I see a movie version of "Little Women." I know that the perfect adaptation of such a classic is probably impossible, but I honestly enjoyed this one. The acting was good; the material was handled with care, with a couple of allusions to Alcott's upbringing and time period. I couldn't help but overhear a bit of conversation between Mr. March and Mr. Brooke on transcendentalism and the allusion to women's rights after the civil war when the March girls, as well as Laurie and Mr. Brooke, go to see the feminist Susan B Anthony. Those little details showed me that the filmmakers cared about Alcott and sincerely did their best to honor her while bringing wholesome entertainment to the viewer. Because of that, I can wholeheartedly recommend this DVD!"
A very good adaptation of Little Women
FVB | france | 02/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
I'm French and I appreciated this adaptation of Little Women when I saw it in France few years ago.
I find this adaptation better than the film with Susan Sarandon. I only have one regret : there is no subtitle in english and I can't understand every dialogue without them.