Director: Gillian Armstrong - Australian Director
Theatrical Release: 1994
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 118 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
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.;
|Language Usage||Closed Captioned|
|Extra Info||Collector's Series; Multiple Languages; Closed Caption|
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Gabriel Byrne - Irish Actor - Miller's Crossing/The Man in the Iron Mask
Nigel Hawthorne - British Actor, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995)
Frances McDormand - American Actress
Eric Stoltz - American actor, MASK, PULP FICTION
Samantha Mathis - Actress, PUMP UP THE VOLUME, BROKEN ARROW (1996)
Kirsten Dunst - American actor, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE/BRING IT ON
Claire Danes - American Actress, LITTLE WOMEN (1994)
Gillian Armstrong - Australian Director
Hatty Jones - Child actress, "Madeline"
"...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..."
"...Winona Ryder is a delightfully rompish Jo..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
"...[A] glowing new adaptation....Accessibly, appealingly contemporary..." -- Rating: A
"...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..."
"...[The actresses create] the warmth and familiarity of a real family..."