The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  25 December 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Tree / Joshua
Little Girl
Pine Billy
Christopher Fennell ...
Wilburn (as Chris Fennell)
Willow John
Leni Parker ...
Rebecca Dewey ...
Bill Rowat ...
Robert Daviau ...
Norris Domingue ...
Mr. Jenkins
Calf's Owner


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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Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'éducation 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 »


When Little Tree's grandmother is serving the meal, there's a large spoon to the right of her plate. Then there's a close-up shot of Little Tree as she sets the two bowls on her and Little Tree's plates and then fetches the dictionary and her glasses, and a wide shot of the whole table again. But now the spoon has vanished. When she finishes reading to him out of the dictionary, there's another wide shot and the spoon has reappeared. See more »


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beautyfull ,touching story
30 April 2002 | by (toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

a very touching journey of a little indian boy to discover his place in the world.This is a perfect movie without pretense ,political correctness just the way life is ... I recommend this movie to anyone big or small you will not be disapointed.

we see simple people leading simple life with their own laws and rules often viewed "immoral" by others and the law. This is one of the aspects movie that I really liked ,way it`s show that many of the "laws" society imposes on us are merciless ,unjust and have no basis in reality of people forced upon.

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