Little Women

Synopsis: Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by thier beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Director(s): George Cukor
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
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115 min

- I don't know.

Marmee said we ought not

to spend money for pleasure...

...when our men are suffering so

in the Army.

A dollar couldn't do the Army much good,

so I'm going to buy Undine and Sintram.

I've wanted it long enough.

I'm sure Marmee would approve

if I got some new gloves.

I've darned my old ones

until I can hardly get them on.

She always says a real lady is known

by her neat gloves and boots.

I shall get a nice box of Faber's

drawing pencils. I really need them.

Then I'd like to spend mine

for some new music...

...that is,

if you don't think Marmee would mind.

Let's each buy what we want

and have a little fun.

I'm sure we work hard enough.

I know I do.

It's not the work I mind so much.

It's having to tell Flo King

how pretty she looks... things I know would look

as well on me.

What would you do if you were shut up

all day with an old crosspatch...

...who flies off the handle

every move you make?

Jo, don't use slang.

Besides, don't forget

she gave us the dollar.

I'm sure neither of you suffer as I do.

You don't have to go

to that nasty old Davis' school...

...with impertinent girls who laugh at you

and "label" your father 'cause he isn't rich.

"Libel." Don't say "label"

as if Papa were a pickle bottle.

I know what I mean

and you needn't be "statirical" about it.

It's proper to use good words

and improve your "vocabilary."

Aren't we elegant?

You'd never be thought so with your slang.

I hope not. I don't want to be elegant.

- You needn't whistle like a boy.

- That's why I do it.

- I detest rude, unladylike girls.

- And I hate affected, niminy-piminy chicks.

Birds in their little nests agree.

Really, you're both to blame.

You're old enough to leave off boyish tricks

and behave better, Josephine.

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Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott (; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Alcott's family suffered from financial difficulties, and while she worked to help support the family from an early age, she also sought an outlet in writing. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard, under which she wrote novels for young adults that focused on spies, revenge, and cross dressers. Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, and is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The novel was very well received and is still a popular children's novel today, filmed several times. Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist and remained unmarried throughout her life. She died from a stroke, two days after her father died, in Boston on March 6, 1888. more…

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