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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


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 »


The rattlesnake that confronts Little Tree disappears in a wide-shot, but is there in the close-ups. See more »


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Highly recommended, 4 thumbs way up
3 January 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is too bad that movies like this are not more widely publicized and seen. This movie has far more redeeming qualities and is better for the soul and heart than any blood and gore action packed swear and nudity fest flick. I would even go one better and recommend the book, because although the movie is fairly true the book has alot more that cannot be covered in a 2 hr movie.

The actors are very good, Graeme Green is wonderful as always.

This movie should be nominated for an Oscar, but of course it won't because stories about Native Americans are not nominated, or seen by the movie going public.

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