Little Women

1994 PG 1h 58m DVD

Little Women

1994 PG 1h 58m DVD
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Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel comes to life in this sensitive, soulful adaptation. Four sisters and their mother battle life's vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict.
Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz, John Neville, Mary Wickes, Donal Logue
Gillian Armstrong
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that in this adaptation of the book by Louisa May Alcott, beloved sister Beth becomes dangerously ill, recovers, but eventually dies young in a very sad sequence. The youngest sister, Amy, falls through the ice while skating but is pulled to safety. Kids will learn a bit about the time period during and just after the Civil War and will get to know an amazing group of role models in the March family. They are supportive of one another and wonderful members of the community, even giving away their Christmas dinner to those less fortunate.

Sexual Content

A few kisses and mentions of romantic overtures.


Beth becomes dangerously ill with scarlet fever, recovers, but eventually dies. Amy falls through the ice while skating but is pulled to safety. Amy comes home with a welt on her hand telling her family that she was struck by her teacher. Mr. March comes home from the war injured and the family fears for his safety constantly.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Great messages all around about overcoming obstacles, the importance of charity, forgiveness, writing from your heart, embracing your gifts and differences, and celebrating the family bond, especially the bond among sisters.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking at parties. Jo says she only takes alcohol medicinally. Laurie drinks from a hip flask in one scene.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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