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Little Women

• Director: Gillian Armstrong
• Writer: Louisa May Alcott, Robin Swicord
• Release Date: 21 December 1994 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG for two uses of mild language.
• Genre: Drama | Family | Romance
• Runtime: 115 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Winona Ryder
• Gabriel Byrne
• Claire Danes
• Christian Bale
• Susan Sarandon

With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Joe, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household.

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Trailer

Trivia

  • Christina Ricci auditioned for the part of young Amy, but the part went to Kirsten Dunst.
  • While filming, Claire Danes was carrying a candle up the stairs and her hair caught on fire.
  • At the end of the credits, the film is dedicated to two persons, one of whom is Polly Klaas, the 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma, California, home in 1993 and later found murdered. Winona Ryder, much of whose youth was spent in Petaluma, joined in the highly publicized search effort and made a number of emotional appeals for the child’s safe return.
  • Natalie Portman auditioned.
  • At the holiday party where the camera pans down through several floors, the space of the staircase where the camera flows down through is only a matter of inches, roughly 8″ – 12″ by 24″, and is filmed in a castle in the suburbs of Victoria, B.C. in Canada
  • The set designer patterned the interiors after the layout of Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott’s family home in Concord, Massachusetts. This is the house she lived in while writing the book, and she imagined its events taking place there.
  • In the scene where Amy is reading to Aunt March from the Bible, the passage is Leviticus chapter 21, verse 23 through chapter 22, verse 1.
  • John Duigan was originally attached as director. After he backed out, the directorial reins were taken up by fellow Antipodean, Gillian Armstrong.
  • The Opera that Prof. Bhaer takes Jo to is “The Pearl Fishers” by Georges Bizet.
  • Costumes are handed down from older sister to younger, to underline both the family’s poverty and the connections between sisters. Jo’s red plaid dress worn to the ball where she meets Laurie is worn the following Christmas by Beth when she comes down the stairs after being ill; Jo and Beth are close to each other, as Meg and Amy are close to each other. Meg’s blue striped dress that she doesn’t end up wearing to Belle Gardiner’s debut ball is worn years later by Amy in the scene where she announces she’s going to Europe with Aunt March.
  • Jo and Friedrich talk about the concept of transcendentalism, which Jo says her parents are staunch believers in. Bronson Alcott is both the father of transcendentalism and Louisa May Alcott, the writer of the Little Women novel.

Quotes

Younger Amy March: Do you love Laurie more than you love me?
Jo: Don’t be silly! I could never love anyone more than I love my sisters.

Younger Amy March: Butter! Oh isn’t butter divinity? Oh god thank you for this breakfast.

Younger Amy March: We’ve been expectorating you for hours!

Younger Amy March: Well, it’s not like being stuck with the dreadful nose you get. One does have a choice to whom one loves.

Younger Amy March: One periwinkle sash…
[clears throat] Younger Amy March: Advertisements. One periwinkle sash belonging to Mr. N. Winkle has been abscondated from the wash line… which gentlemen desires any reports leading to its recovery.

Younger Amy March: [Jo is curling Meg’s hair] What’s that smell? Smell’s like feathers.
Jo: Aaahh!
Meg: You’ve ruined me!

Younger Amy March: We’ll all grow up one day, Meg. We might as well know what we want.

[Meg has twisted her ankle and Laurie took her home in his carriage] Younger Amy March: He put snow on your ankle? With his own hands?
Marmee: I won’t have my girls being silly about boys. To bed! Jo dear.
Younger Amy March: Everything lovely happens to Meg.
Meg: [Sarcastically] Oh yes, indeed.

Younger Amy March: We bear our souls and tell the most appalling secrets.

Younger Amy March: I don’t wanna die. I’ve never even been kissed. I’ve waited my whole to be kissed, and what if I miss it?
Laurie: I tell you what. I promise to kiss you before you die.

Younger Amy March: You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one… if he’s the right one.

Younger Amy March: Jo, how could you, your one beauty!