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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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(novel), (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner) | 2 more credits »
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Granpa
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Granma
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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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Willow John
Leni Parker ...
Martha
Rebecca Dewey ...
Dolly
Bill Rowat ...
Henry
Robert Daviau ...
Ralph
Norris Domingue ...
Mr. Jenkins
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Preacher
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Politician
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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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Drama

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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)  »

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 »

Goofs

When Little Tree is fetching wood chips at Jenkins' store, there's an axe stuck in the stump. When the girl first comes over to talk with him, the axe handle is down at about an angle of 45 degrees. After she touches his moccasins and they talk about the fact that he's an Indian, there's a wide shot and the axe handle has been repositioned so that it's parallel to the ground. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #21.9 (1999) See more »

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Education of Little Tree
25 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite comments that the author of the book from which this film comes may have had racist tendencies the tale sets out to show the prejudices in us all. The actors, particularly, Joseph Ashton (Little Tree) are adorable as if they are right out of a patchwork quilt. I don't mean to diminish the impact of this film by that comment. James Cromwell and Tantoo Cardinal as the grandparents set out to bring up the young by letting him learn by his own mistakes. The State, as always, has to interfere and its perhaps here that the boy's education really begins. The Appallachan scenery is jaw dropping and adds to the atmosphere that pervades from start to finish. THis a story to curl up with on the sofa on a cold, wet afternoon. It pulls at your heart strings and also has you smiling at tender moments. There is even one great belly laughing scene. I first saw this on U.K. TV and immediately ordered it on video. It's certainly in my top ten films of all time.


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