Little Women

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Hard times in New England during the Civil War, again. Winona Ryder's Jo is full of puppyish enthusiasm, brimming with enthusiasm and the thrill of anticipated passion, with Byrne's Professor Bhaer; Trini Alvarado is gentle Meg; newcomer Claire Danes is fragile Beth; and Kirsten Dunst's precocious Amy is suitably adorable. Presiding over Louisa May Alcott's family is Susan Sarandon's long-suffering Mrs March, going some way to cut through the sweetness. Gillian Armstrong resists the urge to revel in period detail, offering a somewhat clouded vision of the family, paying attention, for example, to their Transcendental beliefs. Be prepared, however, for a large beaker of the milk of human kindness. SFra.

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Duration: 118 mins

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Director: Gillian Armstrong
Screenwriter: Robin Swicord
Cast: Winona Ryder
Gabriel Byrne
Trini Alvarado
Susan Sarandon
Samantha Mathis
Kirsten Dunst
Claire Danes
Mary Wickes
Eric Stoltz
John Neville
Christian Bale

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A perennial favourite around Christmas time, this is a wonderfully warm adaptation of the Alcott classic. Winona Ryder shines as the wilful Jo, conveying passion and stubbornness whilst remaining utterly likeable. Kirsten Dunst has amazing depth for a young teenager, adorable as the younger Amy. Susan Sarandon is a stalwart Marmie, standing resilient throughout all the trials and tumbles of her family. The soundtrack is magical, John Williams' score bringing emotion to the fore. It's a beautiful tale, that has been recreated beautifully in this fantastic and timeless adaptation.