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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
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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.



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  »

Box Office


$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 »


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


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A great movie that will make you think
15 January 2000 | by (Milwaukee Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it was on cable while i was doing something else, but i was soon riveted to the screen. And have since watched it twice more. Don't know about the book but this is a powerful film, although i am not quite sure why. Maybe because it tells the story from such a different perspective than most of us tend to look at things. This movie has no big stars or recognizable (to me) faces but many memorable scenes, especially the one with the little boy and girl. Definitely worth watching.

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