Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sharing is Caring - Movies: "Little Women" (1994)

One of my absolute favorite movies of all time, "Little Women" is the portrayal of one of the greatest novels written.  When it came out in 1994 I was still too young to understand it's brilliance, but it has since grown into one of my top 3 favorite movies.  I watch it every Christmas with my family, and sometimes find myself needing to watch it again during the rest of the year as I can't hold myself back from waiting until next Christmas to watch it once more.

Here is the synopsis:
"Louisa May Alcott's classic novel about a family of women in Civil War-era New England is again brought to the screen in this adaptation. The focus is on the March sisters, four young girls raised by their mother (Susan Sarandon) after their father leaves for battle as part of the Union Army. At the center is Jo March (Winona Ryder), an idiosyncratic would-be writer said to be based on Alcott herself, but the film also focuses on the stories of her sisters -- the more conventional Meg (Trini Alvarado), the innocent Beth (Claire Danes), and the precocious Amy (Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis, who represent Amy at different ages.) The film spans years, following the girls' struggles with life's challenges and illustrating how their family connection remains strong in the face of tragedies large and small. Australian director Gillian Armstrong emphasizes the story's feminist elements, particularly in Jo's journey to independence."

The movie also has a wonderful cast including Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Gabriel Byrne, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, and Samantha Mathis.  Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of the movie.
From left to right: Jo (Winona Ryder), Meg (Trini Alvarado), Amy (Kirsten Dunst), Marmee (Susan Sarandon), and Beth March (Claire Danes)
Gabriel Byrne as Friedrich Bhaer
Christian Bale as Laurie
Jo receives a secret note from Laurie
Jo and Laurie realize Amy is in trouble as she falls in the frozen lake
The March Girls all together in front of Orchard House

Rent or purchase in HD, or buy the original DVD here on Amazon!

Be sure to check out my post about the "Orchard House" song from this movie's soundtrack here!

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