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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:
A Western with a Sense of Humor See more (102 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)
 
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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:
The role of Old Lodge Skins was initially offered to Marlon Brando, who turned it down. Other sources claim Penn's first choice for the role was Laurence Olivier. When that didn't work out, Richard Boone was slated for the role. When Boone backed out at the last minute, Chief Dan George was given the part and earned an Oscar nomination.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Shadow That Comes In Sight rescues young Jack and Caroline after their parents were killed, you can see her put her foot up to a stirrup as she mounts the horse behind Shadow. When she dismounts it appears that Shadow, like most other Cheyennes, rides bareback.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Teachers (1984)See more »
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43 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
A Western with a Sense of Humor, 3 May 1999
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

This will always be one of my favorite movies. I love long, episodic plots such as this. The character of Jack Crabb has such dimension and so grows from one incarnation to another, that he is worth watching from beginning to end. This was Dustin Hoffman in his pre-pretentious "I'm such a big star I won't listen to anyone" period and he is an absolute joy because he just plays the character as it should be played. I love that he can be cowardly one moment, confused the next, heroic the next. He goes through phases in his life. Of course, the neatest part of the whole movie is the portrayal of the Indians. They are multi-dimensional and wonderful in their acceptance and joy with their world. Maybe everyone should see this movie to see how these "human beings" have been driven from what they were to what they are now. I have a top ten list of movie moments and on it is the scene where old Lodge Skins goes off to die because it "is a good day." As he lies there a drop of rain hits him in the eye and he decides that "sometimes the magic doesn't work."

The death of Sunshine is also so sad. I visited the Custer Battlefields a few years after seeing the movie, and while the place is interesting historically, I just couldn't look at it in the same way. The narration of the ancient Jack to the overmatched reporter is a delight. I know that this is a novel, not pure history, but Thomas Berger must have known these people and this delicate, beautiful movie is certainly his legacy.

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