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Little Big Man (1970)

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Thomas Berger (novel), Calder Willingham (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Jack Crabb
Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Pendrake
Chief Dan George ... Old Lodge Skins
Martin Balsam ... Llardyce T. Merriweather
Richard Mulligan ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Jeff Corey ... Wild Bill Hickok
Aimee Eccles ... Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)
Kelly Jean Peters ... Olga Crabb
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Caroline Crabb (as Carol Androsky)
Robert Little Star Robert Little Star ... Little Horse
Cal Bellini Cal Bellini ... Younger Bear
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Shadow That Comes in Sight
Steve Shemayne Steve Shemayne ... Burns Red in the Sun
William Hickey ... Historian
James Anderson ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Jack Crabb is 121 years old as the film begins. A collector of oral histories asks him about his past. He recounts being captured and raised by indians, becoming a gunslinger, marrying an indian, watching her killed by General George Armstrong Custer, and becoming a scout for him at Little Big Horn. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pequeño gran hombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,559,552
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Spanish release)| Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman was put in The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for portraying the character of Jack Crabb from age ten to age one hundred twenty-one. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Crabb is shown drunk during a heavy rainstorm shots alternate back and forth from being on an overcast day to being ones in bright sunshine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Crabb: I am, beyond a doubt, the last of the old-timers. My name is Jack Crabb. And I am the sole white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, uh, uh, popularly known as Custer's Last Stand.
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Soundtracks

Garryowen
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Traditional Irish Jig
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The Way the West Was (really) Won
3 February 2004 | by IwasSquidlySee all my reviews

Before LBM indians were savages or wooden stereotypes and very unPC. After LBM broke the western mold films went the other way so that twenty years later you get the very PC and treacly mythologizing of Dances With Wolves. DWW other than the similar story is a poor comparison for LBM. Better to see it side by side with that other grand epic of the west, The Way the West Was Won. There the murder of the red man is incidental to the sweeping and righteous rapine of Manifest Destiny. LBM rips the facade from the theme and ravages its details. LBM does that to all the preceding westerns but it seems particularly true of HtWWW. Imagine Debbie Reynolds and Karl Malden as Mr. & Mrs. Pendrake and go from there. The self effacing humor goes a long way to redress the pretensions of 'epic westerns' made before and after.

Wryly the Cheyenne say of the Little Big Horn, "The Cheyenne won the battle. The Sioux got the glory and the Crow got the land." It's a game response for their long suffering.

For me it's always been unfortunate the title character shares the name, Little Big Man with a Lakota Sioux famously implicated in the death of Crazy Horse, the Ogalala warrior and mystic. ...so I call her Woman Who Doesn't Like Horses. Of course she's lying.


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