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Little Big Man
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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 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(107 articles)
User Reviews:
Excellent Western 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)
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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)
 
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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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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:
Dustin Hoffman was entered into The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for Little Big Man (1970) in which he portrayed a character from age 17 to age 121.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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34 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Western, 8 November 2004
Author: Jason Forestein (jay4stein79@yahoo.com) from somerville, ma

My parents purchased a VHS copy of Little Big Man for me when I was 14 and, because it was a western, I didn't touch it for two years, in spite of their belief in its greatness. When I finally watched the film, I was astounded to find a film that was funny, angry, violent, and moving simultaneously. It turned out that my parents were, in fact, correct. Little Big Man was great.

I've gone back to the movie several times since that first viewing and it continues to entertain and affect; for me, a film that has emotional resonance well after the first viewing is rare and, though it does not always point to greatness, it often does.

Every element of the film is fantastic. The acting, by Hoffman and Dan George in particular, is amazing, as is Penn's direction. The story picaresque and always fascinating. There simply is no weak component to this movie.

I must also commend the film as a literary adaptation. I am not the most supportive critic of the Thomas Berger novel upon which the film is based. I find its thematics confused; it cannot decide whether or not it wants to revise western mythology or further it and, in that way, it fails for me. Calder Willingham's adaptation removes the ambivalence inherent in the novel and thereby writes one of the first and greatest revisionist Hollywood Westerns.

Little Big Man is a great movie, as I have said, and it deserves much more notoriety than it receives. This is, I fear, a film that too few people of my generation know. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it as an excellent and entertaining way to spend a couple of hours.

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