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The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 1997 (USA)
Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the ... See full summary »

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Granpa
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Little Tree / Joshua
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Little Girl
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Pine Billy
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Wilburn (as Chris Fennell)
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Ralph
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Mr. Jenkins
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Calf's Owner
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Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life. Written by Anonymous

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A boy of two worlds must learn to be his own man.

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements including old fashioned discipline | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (USA)  »

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L'√©ducation de Little Tree  »

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$119,254 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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The book on which this movie was based was originally published in 1977 under the title and subtitle "The Education of Little Tree: A True Story," with the author's name given as "Forrest Carter." However, after the publication, it was revealed that the book was not really a true story, and "Forrest Carter" was actually a pseudonym for Asa Earl Carter. Asa Carter was a Ku Klux Klansman and the alleged author of George Wallace's 1963 "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" speech. See more »

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When Little Tree arrives in the car at the Notch Gap Indian School, when he gets out of the car, a large reflector is visible reflected in the car door, as is the reflected outline of a crew member holding it. See more »

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A good-looking film drowned beneath stereotypes and shameless bad acting.
3 May 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of simple films for their ability to distill basic humanity on screen, but "The Education of Little Tree" crosses the line into simplistic. The acting is way too much of the "golly, gee-whiz!" variety for my taste. The good guys are GOOD, the bad guys are BAD. The bad guys litter, and do obvious "bad guy stuff". The characterizations are so clear and flat that they border on the insipid. Nearly every minor role is a stereotype we've all seen a hundred times before. The preacher, the teacher, and the politician are all examples of laziness on the part of the director. Richard Friedenberg hasn't the slightest concept of subtlety, letting each and every performance go way off the deep end. Even the children (who seem to have been picked for cuteness only) wander their way through with mouths agape in a grotesque mockery of real emotions. There are a couple great actors here, though. James Cromwell and Graham Greene are a welcome sight, and there's nothing particularly at fault with their performances. Cromwell, especially, deserves a better film.

The clichés keep coming as the film progresses. The old "magic Indian" idea is brought up again, something that seems to appear in the majority of such films - and states that all members of the native population must be wise storytellers and able to appear and disappear at will. The one good point is the cinematography, by Anastas Michos. This is a very nice looking film, if nothing else. It could almost be worthwhile as a silent collection of moving photographs. That's just about all it has to offer in the end.


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