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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Berger (novel)
Calder Willingham (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 December 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion! See more »
Plot:
Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(107 articles)
User Reviews:
Sprawling comedy-western with memorable moments. See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Jack Crabb

Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Pendrake

Chief Dan George ... Old Lodge Skins

Martin Balsam ... Mr. Merriweather

Richard Mulligan ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer

Jeff Corey ... Wild Bill Hickok
Aimée Eccles ... Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)

Kelly Jean Peters ... 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

William Hickey ... Historian
James Anderson ... Sergeant

Jesse Vint ... Lieutenant (as Jess Vint)

Alan Oppenheimer ... Major

Thayer David ... Rev. Silas Pendrake
Philip Kenneally ... Mr. Kane - Drugstore Proprietor
Jack Bannon ... Captain
Ray Dimas ... Young Jack Crabb
Alan Howard ... Adolescent Jack Crabb
Jack Mullaney ... Card Player with Full House
Steve Miranda ... Younger Bear as a Youth

Lou Cutell ... Deacon

M. Emmet Walsh ... Shotgun Guard
Emily Cho ... Digging Bear
Cecelia Kootenay ... Little Elk
Linda Dyer ... Corn Woman
Dessie Bad Bear ... Buffalo Wallow Woman
Len George ... Crow Scout
Norman Nathan ... Pawnee
Helen Verbit ... Madame
Bert Conway ... Bartender
Earl Rosell ... Giant Trooper
Ken Mayer ... Sergeant
Bud Cokes ... Man at Bar
Rory O'Brien ... Assassin
Tracy Hotchner ... Flirting Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Mae Old Coyote ... (uncredited)
Les Kimber ... Trader (uncredited)
Herbert Nelson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Annette O'Toole ... Passerby (uncredited)
Douglas W. Randall ... Town Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Berger (novel)

Calder Willingham (screenplay)

Produced by
Gene Lasko .... associate producer
Stuart Millar .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Paul Hammond  (as John Hammond)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Casting by
Gene Lasko (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist
Terry Miles .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman
 
Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager
Les Kimber .... second unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Moder .... assistant director
Malcolm R. Harding .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jerry Preshaw .... second assistant director (uncredited)
David M. Robertson .... assistant director: Canada (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Roger Dietz .... painter
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Don Nunley)
Lloyd R. Apperson .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Craig Binkley .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... sound
Marvin I. Kosberg .... dialogue editor
Marc Laub .... dialogue editor (as Mark M. Laub)
Al Overton Jr. .... sound
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
James Richard .... sound effects (as James A. Richard)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Curly Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects
 
Stunts
Hal Needham .... stunt gaffer
M. James Arnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Green .... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Clifford Hutchison .... gaffer
Richard Craig Meinardus .... assistant camera (as Richard Meinardus)
Charles J. Renaud .... key grip (as Chas Renaud)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer
Ernst Haas .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Delmar .... wardrobe
Stephanie Kline .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Richard Marks .... associate editor
Stephen A. Rotter .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Strauss .... additional music arranger
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Brad Thompson .... transportation
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... continuity
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Jerry Gatlin .... advisor: cavalry
Alvin Joseph .... consultant to producer
Kenneth Lee .... railroad wrangler (as Kenny Lee)
Jean Sharpe .... production assistant
Joe Thornton .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexual content (re-rating) (2002)
Runtime:
139 min | USA:147 min (copyright length)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Spanish release) | Stereo
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (1987) | UK:AA (1970) | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2002) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although Dustin Hoffman plays the "younger" adopted son of Faye Dunaway's character in the film, he's actually four years older than Dunaway. Hoffman was born in 1937 while Dunaway was born in 1941.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Throughout the movie Custer is referred to as "General Custer" and is seen wearing two stars on his uniform collar (indicating the rank of Major General. During the Civil War he was given the rank of Brevet Major General of Volunteers which was a temporary promotion for the duration of the war. At the end of the war he was once again reduced to the rank of Captain in the Regular Army. By the time of the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876 he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and would have been addressed as "Colonel" and would have worn the appropriate insignia for that rank.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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Soundtrack:
Shall We Gather at the River?See more »

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52 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Sprawling comedy-western with memorable moments., 14 November 2001
Author: jckruize from North Hemis

One of the greatest American films of the 70's, a long but enjoyable western epic told with verve and insight. Dustin Hoffman excels in one of his early film roles, throwing himself into its physical demands with obvious enthusiasm and in the process creating one of his most endearing characters.

But he had to be on his toes in the face of much scene-stealing by a host of experts, including Richard Mulligan as the screwiest Custer you'll ever see, Martin Balsam as the eternally optimistic Mr. Merriweather, and Chief Dan George as Old Lodgeskins, a noble, wise and very funny Native American patriarch. This, along with "Bonnie and Clyde," represented the pinnacle of Arthur Penn's directing career: he handles the tonal shifts from comedy to tragedy with unerring control. Beautifully photographed and scored, with a wry, picaresque script by Calder Willingham from Thomas Berger's novel. Memorable images abound, from the rousing stagecoach chase, to an erotic bath delivered by the beauteous Faye Dunaway, to the horrific attack on a snowbound Indian village by the U.S. Cavalry, accompanied by a sprightly fife-and-drums march, to George's dignified ritual of death under threatening skies that doesn't quite turn out the way he planned. A funny, poignant tale, skillfully told, and a reminder of the fragility and randomness of life and love.

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