Little Women (1978 film)

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Little Women
Little Women 1978 DVD cover.jpg
Based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Written by Suzanne Clauser
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Starring Meredith Baxter Birney
Susan Dey
Ann Dusenberry
Eve Plumb
Dorothy McGuire
Greer Garson
Robert Young
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 2
Producer(s) David Victor
Cinematography Joseph Biroc
Editor(s) Jim Benson
Donald Douglas
Running time 200 minutes
Production company(s) Groverton Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release October 2 – 3, 1978
Followed by Little Women (1994 film)

Little Women is a 1978 American television miniseries directed by David Lowell Rich and based on the classic 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The teleplay was written by Suzanne Clauser and is the first television adaptation of the Alcott classic, following four theatrical feature film versions released in 1917, 1918, 1933 and 1949. The cast includes Susan Dey, Meredith Baxter Birney, Ann Dusenberry, Eve Plumb, Dorothy McGuire, William Schallert, Greer Garson, Robert Young, Richard Gilliland and William Shatner.

The three-hour miniseries was produced by Universal Television and originally aired in two parts on NBC on October 2–3, 1978.


The miniseries chronicles the lives and loves of the four March sisters – Jo (Susan Dey), Meg (Meredith Baxter Birney), Amy (Ann Dusenberry) and Beth (Eve Plumb) – growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War. While their father leaves for battle, the sisters must rely on each other for strength in the face of tragedies both large and small.


The March Family[edit]

The Laurence Family[edit]




  • 1979 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series


  • 1979 – Emmy Award Outstanding Cinematography for a Series

Home media releases[edit]

Little Women was released on a 2-disc DVD in region 1 by Koch Vision on October 9, 2007. On August 14, 2012, Entertainment One (eOne) released the miniseries on a single disc DVD.[1]


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