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In order to get the raspy voice of a man who is supposed to be over 120 years old, Dustin Hoffman sat in his dressing room and screamed at the top of his lungs for an hour.
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.
Little Big Man was an actual historical figure. He was a Native American, an Oglala Lakota, who was a fearless and respected warrior who fought under, and was rivals with, Crazy Horse. He also fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn, a battle which is depicted in this film.
The line "Today, is a good day to die." largely used by Star Trek Klingons was first said in this film by Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George).
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.
One of the few two-and-a-half hour films of that era to not be shown with an intermission.
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.
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The main tune played when the the 7th Cavalry were attacking on the Washita River and during the Battle of Little Big Horn is an Irish jig titled "Garry Owen". This song was the official song of the Seventh Cavalry of the U.S. Army - General Custer's cavalry. However, the music is actually a medley which consists of The Garry Owen and St. Patrick's Day
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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.
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Paul Scofield was considered for the role of Old Lodge Skins. Curiously, it was not until shortly before filming began that director Arthur Penn thought about using an actual Native American for this role - even though an important point made in Thomas Berger's original novel was that Caucasian actors are hardly ever convincing in such parts.
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When Merriweather is forced by the lynch mob to reveal the ingredients of his elixir, he includes oil of cloves. The same was used to alleviate Dustin Hoffman's pain following his torture in Marathon Man.
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The term "human being" comes from the natives of America and it is what the tribe calls themselves throughout the movie. It is not originated by Anglicans as most modern people (another Native Term 'peoples') are saying throughout the movie.
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