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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:
The oxymoron that prepares us for a tragi-comedy 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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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:
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 A Policewoman in New York (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Amazing GraceSee more »

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55 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
The oxymoron that prepares us for a tragi-comedy, 1 February 2004
Author: Jugu Abraham (jugu_abraham@yahoo.co.uk) from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

`Little big' is an oxymoron. `Little big man' the film is another cinematic oxymoron: a tragi-comedy.

Most of Penn's movies are double-edged swords presenting serious subjects with a twinkle in the eye--`The Miracle Worker' seems to be an exception to the rule. Penn seem to have a strange knack of picking subjects that seem to be governed by forces greater than themselves-leading to alienated situations. My favorite Penn film is the 1975 film `Night Moves' which ends with the boat going round in circles in the sea.

This work of Penn and novelist Thomas Berger follows the same pattern. The main character Crabb is buffeted between the Red Indians and the whites by forces beyond his control. Only once is he able to control his destiny--to lead Custer to his doom, because Custer in his impetuosity has decided to act contrary to any advice from Crabb. The religious and social values of both seem vacuous. The priest's wife may seem religious but is not. The adopted grandfather cannot die on the hilltop but has to carry on living. The gunslinger is a cartoon. Historical heroes like Wild Bill Hickok are demystified into individuals with down-to-earth worries.

It is surprising to me that many viewers have taken the facts of the film and novel as accurate--when it is obviously a work of fiction based on history. The charm of the film is the point of view taken by the author and director. The comic strain begins from the time Jim Crabb's sister is not raped by the Indians right up to the comic last stand of Custer. The film is hilarious as it presents a quirky look at every conceivable notion presented by Hollywood cinema: the brilliant acumen of army Generals, the Red Indian satisfying several squaws, the priest's wife turned prostitute who likes to have sex twice a week but not on all days, the quack who has turned to selling buffalo hides as he sees it as a better profession even if he has lost several limbs, etc.

The film is a tragedy--a tragic presentation of the Red Indian communities decimated by a more powerful enemy, tragic soldiers led by megalomaniac Generals, heroes reduced to fallible individuals, all heroes (including the Red Indians) whittled down to dwarfs.

The film is a satire of a dwarf who claims to have achieved a great revenge on Custer, a dwarf who could not assassinate Custer, the dwarf in many of us. It is a great film, but often misunderstood. Penn is a great director, whose greatness cannot be evaluated by this one film but by the entire body of his films. What he achieved in this film outclasses films like Tonka (1958) and Soldier Blue (1970), two notable films on similar themes. Chief Dan George, Dustin Hoffman, and cinematographer Harry Stradling Jr have considerably contributed to this fine cinematic achievement, but ultimate giant behind the film is Arthur Penn.

He has presented yet another example of looking at a subject and seeing two sides of the coin that appear as contradictions but together enhances our entertainment.

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