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Little Big Man (1970)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, History, Western  |  23 December 1970 (USA)
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Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Merriweather
Aimée Eccles ...
Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)
Olga Crabb
Carole Androsky ...
Caroline Crabb (as Carol Androsky)
Robert Little Star ...
Little Horse
Cal Bellini ...
Younger Bear
Ruben Moreno ...
Shadow That Comes in Sight
Steve Shemayne ...
Burns Red in the Sun
James Anderson ...


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 <>

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Little Big Man Was 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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Release Date:

23 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pequeño gran hombre  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,116,581 (Sweden)

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Sound Mix:

(Spanish release)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the site of Custer's Last Stand, you will find a village named Garryowen, the name of the jig played by Custer's cavalry. See more »


..or maybe not. If the movie is just a tall tale told by Jack Crabb, then most factual errors and anachronisms are simply the character's mistakes or quirks. However, since this is debatable, they are left on this list for your consideration. See more »


[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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Spoofs They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »


Bringing In the Sheaves
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor (1880)
Hymn by Knowles Shaw (1874)
Sung a cappella by Faye Dunaway
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One of the best indian-western ever!
4 December 2002 | by (Trondheim, Norway) – See all my reviews

I love western, and Little Big Man is one of the best. Like many other westerns from those ages, it has aged well. It`s funny, dramatic, exciting and sad at once. Many don`t like the comedian element in this movie, but I think it`s great and it works well (Like Forrest Gump and Terms of Endearment, who also are great). Check it out, I sure didn`t regret!

My rating: 10/10

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