- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 13, 2001
- Originally Released: 1933
- Label: Turner Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Audio Select - 1. Music Cues from Original Score
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1933 -
Best Adapted Screenplay: Sarah Y. Mason & Victor Heerman
The first film based on Louisa May Alcott's 1869 novel of four sisters, who grow from childish pleasures to mature joys, during the Civil War in the absence of their father, a Union army chaplain. The story details the ups and downs in the lives of teenage siblings Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, who, along with their mother, try to make ends meet--and maintain their optimism--during a difficult period in their lives. Katharine Hepburn stars as the feisty Jo.
Civil War |
Essential Cinema |
Period Piece |
- Theatrical release: November 16, 1933.
- LITTLE WOMEN was Cukor's second film with Hepburn.
- The film received 3 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
- Tallulah Bankhead, after seeing footage of Hepburn, is said to have fallen to her knees in front of the young actress and wept, to which Cukor replied, "Tallulah, you're weeping for your own lost innocence."
- Cukor's lavish production of LITTLE WOMEN is credited as one of the reasons he was later first in line to direct another Civil War epic, GONE WITH THE WIND; ultimately, Victor Fleming was hired.
- The first filmed production of LITTLE WOMEN was a silent British version in 1917.
- Cukor refused to take over direction of the 1949 remake; Mervyn LeRoy succeeded in helming it.
- The novel was given a 1990s update on celluloid by Australian director Gillian Armstrong, and starred Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder.