In her classic 1868 novel about love, family and becoming a woman, Louisa May Alcott opened the door of the Orchard House for generations of readers and evoked a universal vision of Home. Through her spirited rendering in fiction of her own highly individualistic family, Alcott told the domestic saga of the March family - a mother (Susan Sarandon) and four daughters who grow up in Civil War New England, caught in the enchanting years between girlhood and womanhood. The film, like the book, relates the dramas and adventures of Mrs. March’s four “little women” - spirited Jo (Winona Ryder), beautiful Meg (Trini Alvarado), fragile Beth (Claire Danes) and romantic Amy (Kirsten Dunst/Samantha Mathis) - and serves as a glowing depiction of 19th century family life and a tribute to family strength and feminine independence.

  • 1 hr 55 minPG
  • Dec 21, 1994
  • Drama

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Cast & Crew

  • Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel ByrneActor

  • Winona Ryder

    Winona RyderActor

    Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish. She grew up in a ranch commune in Northern California which had no electricity. She is the goddaughter of Timothy Leary. Her parents were friends of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and once edited a book called "Shaman Woman Mainline Lady", an anthology of writings on the drug experience in literature, which included one piece by Louisa May Alcott. Ryder would later play the lead role of Josephine March in the adaptation of this author's novel Little Women (1994). Ryder moved with her parents to Petaluma, California when she was ten and enrolled in acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater. At age 13, she had a video audition to the film Desert Bloom (1986), but did not get the role. However, director David Seltzer spotted her and cast her in Lucas (1986). When telephoned to ask how she would like to have her name appear on the credits, she suggested Ryder as her father's Mitch Ryder album was playing the background. Ryder was selected for the role of Mary Corleone in The Godfather: Part III (1990), but had to drop out of the role after catching the flu from the strain of doing the films Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990) and Mermaids (1990) back to back. She said she did not want to let everyone down by doing a substandard performance. She later made The Age of Innocence (1993), which was directed by Martin Scorsese, whom she believes to be "the best director in the world".
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  • Susan Sarandon

    Susan SarandonActor

  • TRINI ALVARADO

    TRINI ALVARADOActor

  • MARY WICKES

    MARY WICKESActor

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    CORRIE CLARKActor

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