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Writers (WGA):
Forrest Carter (novel)
Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1997 (USA) See more »
A boy of two worlds must learn to be his own man.
Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Cromwell ... Granpa

Tantoo Cardinal ... Granma

Joseph Ashton ... Little Tree / Joshua

Mika Boorem ... Little Girl

Christopher Heyerdahl ... Pine Billy
Christopher Fennell ... Wilburn (as Chris Fennell)

Graham Greene ... Willow John
Leni Parker ... Martha
Rebecca Dewey ... Dolly
Bill Rowat ... Henry
Robert Daviau ... Ralph
Norris Domingue ... Mr. Jenkins

Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Preacher

Gordon Masten ... Politician

Howard Rosenstein ... Calf's Owner
Teddy Lee Dillon ... Revenuer #1

James Rae ... Revenuer #2

Alain Goulem ... Revenuer #3
Griffith Brewer ... Church Man

Dawn Ford ... Church Woman

Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Elisabeth

Larry Day ... Mr. Lane
Dean Hagopian ... Joe Taylor
Jonathan Stark ... Girl's Father
Pauline Little ... Mrs. Higginbotham
Peter Colvey ... Proctor #1
Michel Perron ... Headmaster
Victoria Barkoff ... Abusive Teacher
Karentiio Phillips ... Older Boy
Pierre Boudreau ... Pilgrim

Richard Jutras ... Indian
Jeff Jeffcoat ... Older Little Tree (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rob Carpenter ... Coal miner worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Friedenberg 
Writing credits
Forrest Carter (novel)

Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner) &
Don Sipes (teleplay)

Richard Friedenberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jake Eberts .... producer
Louise Gendron .... co-producer
Laurie Marie Parker .... associate producer
Lenny Young .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Anastas N. Michos (director of photography) (as Anastas Michos)
Film Editing by
Jere Huggins 
Wayne Wahrman 
Casting by
Rene Haynes  (as René Haynes)
Vera Miller 
Production Design by
Dan Bishop 
Art Direction by
Peter Stratford 
Set Decoration by
Eve Boulonne (decorator)
Costume Design by
Renée April 
Makeup Department
Damian Fisher .... special makeup effects artist
Johanne Hansen .... hair stylist
Richard Hansen .... key hair stylist
Adrien Morot .... special makeup effects artist
Ryan Nicholson .... special makeup effects artist: Maestro Studios
Marie Régimbald .... makeup artist
Diane Simard .... key makeup artist
Patrick Tenascon .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Ginette Hoyse .... unit manager
Danièle Rohrbach .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Campeau .... first assistant director
John Hepworth .... third assistant director
Darren Kotania .... second assistant director
David McLeod .... assistant director
Laurie Marie Parker .... second unit director
Art Department
Claire Alary .... props buyer
Alain Brochu .... construction crew
Rejean Brochu .... construction coordinator
Marie-Noel Bréard .... assistant scenic painter
Nathalie Cabot .... assistant greensman
Marie Cailhier-Chartrand .... assistant property master
Robert Carpentier .... swing gang
Jocelyn Clouatre .... swing gang
Nadine Ferenczy .... art department trainee
Serge Gagne .... construction crew (as Serge Gagné)
Bernard Gagnon .... construction crew
Martin Gendron .... set designer
Alain Giguère .... key scenic artist
Steve Glasson .... construction crew
Denis Hamel .... property master
Gilles L'Heureux .... swing gang
Pierre L'Heureux .... head greensman
Paul Lacerte .... painter
Eric Lafrance .... carpenter
Richard Lebon .... swing gang
Ray Légaré .... greensman
Véronique Pagnoux .... scenic painter
Jean-Pierre Paquet .... assistant decorator
Katia Quijano .... art department coordinator
Michel Robichaud .... scenic painter
Mario Santini .... painter
Doris Simard .... art department coordinator
Francine Simpson .... painter
Steve Ward .... painter
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... foley editor (as Chris Assells)
Lon Bender .... supervising sound designer
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloom .... foley walker (as Les Bloom)
Kelly Cabral .... adr editor
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Frank Canonica .... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Dino Dimuro .... foley editor
Brian Dixon .... adr stage assistant
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant sound editor
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound mixer
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Jennifer L. Mann .... sound effects editor
Earl Martin .... foley stage
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe .... boom operator
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Rich Weingart .... adr mixer: Los Angeles
Gayle Wesley .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Antonio Vidosa .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Auclair .... electrician
Chris Bramford .... grip
Alain Brouillette .... key grip
Sandrine Béchade .... second second assistant camera
Jean Courteau .... chief lighting technician
Gilles Fortier .... best boy electric
Daniel Gagnon .... grip
Nathalie Lasselin .... focus puller: second unit
Michael J. Latino .... focus puller: second unit (as Michael Latino)
Stéphane Leblanc .... electrician
Jacques Leduc .... camera operator: second unit
Christian Lemay .... second assistant camera
Jean Levasseur .... electrician
Nicolas Marion .... assistant camera: "a" camera
Jeff Nichol .... best boy grip
Yves Ouimet .... generator operator
Paul Ryan .... director of photography: second unit
Mike Sallustio .... electrician: second unit
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Jacques Tremblay .... grip
Casting Department
Rosina Bucci .... additional casting: Montreal
Craig Fincannon .... casting: North Carolina
Robin Gurland .... casting: San Francisco
Michelle Lang .... additional casting
Michelle Lange .... casting: Los Angeles
Nadia Rona .... additional casting: Montreal
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fabienne April .... key dresser
Johanne Baril .... wardrobe assistant (as Joanne Baril)
Mureille Blouin .... costume breakdown artist (as Murielle Blouin)
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... costume supervisor
Valerie Bordeleau .... wardrobe assistant
Lise Brousseau .... wardrobe assistant
Stéphanie Chagnon .... extras wardrobe mistress
Sylvie Charbonneau .... wardrobe assistant
Sylvie Dagenais .... dresser
Mark J. De Coste .... wardrobe assistant (as Mark De Coste)
Valérie Delacroix .... wardrobe assistant
Pascale Deschênes .... wardrobe assistant (as Pascale Deschenes)
Angela Di Marzio .... wardrobe assistant
Martine Gagnon .... assistant wardrobe
Suzanne Gaudreault .... wardrobe assistant
Stéphane LaRoche .... dresser: second unit
Caroline Poirier .... extras wardrobe assistant
Lison Proulx .... wardrobe assistant
Michel Proulx .... wardrobe assistant
Thyrza Richardson .... wardrobe assistant
Stéphane Ross .... wardrobe assistant
Danielle Terreault .... extras dresser
Editorial Department
Karen Dimmig .... assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Michael Milliken)
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Janice Hayen .... music preparation
Stephen Krause .... score recordist
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Cindy O'Connor .... music preparation
Adam Reuveni .... assistant score recordist
Dann Thompson .... assistant score recordist
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fernand Boudrias .... picture car coordinator
Mario Munari .... transportation coordinator
François Riendeau .... picture car wrangler
Other crew
Marjolaine Albert .... production assistant
Michael Boulonne .... production assistant
Johanne Caporicci .... location manager
Pierre Carroll .... location scout
James R. Cowan .... hawk wrangler
Shauna Cowan .... hawk wrangler
Donna Croce .... script supervisor: second unit
Chantale Desgagnes .... production assistant
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach (as Judi Dickerson)
Jean-Marc Ducasse .... animal trainer
Raymond Ducasse .... animal trainer
Chantal Dufresne .... unit publicist
Bram Eisenthal .... unit publicist
Isabelle Faivre-Duboz .... script trainee
Josée Francis .... assistant location manager
Paule Girardin .... production secretary
Lance Holland .... location manager: North Carolina
Nick Huard .... location scout
Benoit Jacob .... office runner
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... production assistant
Josée Juteau .... animal trainer
Christina Kontos .... production auditor
Ken Korrall .... location manager
Hans Laliberté .... production assistant
Roy Laughren .... office runner
Benoît Lefebvre .... production assistant
Isabelle Lindsay .... production secretary
Xin Ling .... title designer
Valérie Lonargan .... receptionist
Pota Manolakos .... assistant auditor
Claudette Messier .... script supervisor
Vasiliki Michalakopoulos .... second assistant accountant
Mario Pellerin .... animal trainer
Jean-Clément Renaud .... production assistant
Hélène Ross .... production coordinator
Bessy Sakaris .... bookkeeping clerk
Jules Sylvester .... snake wrangler
Myriame Tessier .... animal trainer
Donald Tetreault .... production assistant: second unit
Alain Thériault .... production assistant

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements including old fashioned discipline
Argentina:116 min | USA:112 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sweetly Sentimental; Beautiful Scenery; Just Not Much of a Story, Unevenly Told, 30 November 2009
Author: mobile707 ( from DeKalb Co., Georgia

I loved the novel and wanted so much to love the movie, too. And it does have some lovable parts. But all-in-all, I am sorry to say, the movie is let down by (1) the incredibly syrupy portrait (diabetics beware) of the Cherokee; (2) the ponderous tones of the narrator (Little Tree as an adult looking back, much like John Boy on "The Waltons"); and (3) the much-too-broad portrayals of the white characters (James Cromwell aside), ranging from despicable to oblivious. Watch out in particular for some hardcore stereotypes when the Preacher gets wound up in the little church, when the Politician stops by and makes a speech about the "Jews and the Catholics," and when Little Tree encounters a trio of white "lawmen" in the woods.

Left totally unexplained is why -- if, as the story implies, the deck is perpetually stacked for the white, against the Cherokee -- a 1/4-Cherokee child would be taken from his white relatives (against their wishes), and given to the Cherokee side of the family. A quite curious omission for a story in which the Cherokee/white distinction is a central -- in some ways, THE central -- theme. Passed over in similar silence is why -- if the white-man's church is such a festering sore of hypocrisy and hysteria (and it is definitely portrayed that way, with all the subtlety of the Three Stooges) -- Little Tree's grandparents (and Willow John) choose to attend it, much less why they would want the young boy himself exposed to it at such a formative age (the ninth year of his life).

It is quite improbable, bordering on incredible, that a 1/4 Cherokee child, born in rural east-Tennessee of 1927, would not have been given a name at least partly "American" (either first, middle, or last). Yet that is the necessary implication of the scene in which the Indian School headmaster peremptorily strips Little Tree of his "Indian name" and pronounces his new, "American name" to be Joshua. Otherwise, he could have reclaimed the "American name" he had prior to, or in addition to, Little Tree. At any rate, the audience is left to sort this out on its own.

I know what I have said up til now is quite harsh, so let me add that the performances by James Cromwell, Graham Greene, and Tantoo Cardinal are all outstanding. The scenes of the mountain-type men gathered in Jenkins' Store in "the settlement" are nicely played, as are the domestic scenes in and around the grandparents' cabin in the hills. The music and scenery are beautiful, and finally the the child-actor Joseph Ashton is splendid in the title role. He was apparently 10 years old at time of filming, and his performance is thoroughly credible from start to finish.

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