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Little Big Man (1970)

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director:

Arthur Penn

Writers:

Thomas Berger (novel), Calder Willingham (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Jack Crabb
Faye Dunaway ... Mrs. Pendrake
Chief Dan George ... Old Lodge Skins
Martin Balsam ... Llardyce T. Merriweather
Richard Mulligan ... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Jeff Corey ... Wild Bill Hickok
Aimee Eccles ... Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)
Kelly Jean Peters ... Olga Crabb
Carole Androsky Carole Androsky ... Caroline Crabb (as Carol Androsky)
Robert Little Star Robert Little Star ... Little Horse
Cal Bellini Cal Bellini ... Younger Bear
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Shadow That Comes in Sight
Steve Shemayne Steve Shemayne ... Burns Red in the Sun
William Hickey ... Historian
James Anderson ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Jack Crabb is 121 years old as the film begins. A collector of oral histories asks him about his past. He recounts being captured and raised by indians, becoming a gunslinger, marrying an indian, watching her killed by General George Armstrong Custer, and becoming a scout for him at Little Big Horn. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

Little Big Man Was Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pequeño gran hombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,559,552
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Spanish release)| Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman was put in The Guinness Book of World Records as "Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor" for portraying the character of Jack Crabb from age seventeen to age one hundred twenty-one. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Crabb is shown drunk during a heavy rainstorm shots alternate back and forth from being on an overcast day to being ones in bright sunshine. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Crabb: I am, beyond a doubt, the last of the old-timers. My name is Jack Crabb. And I am the sole white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, uh, uh, popularly known as Custer's Last Stand.
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Connections

Referenced in La poliziotta a New York (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish Jig
Played often by Custer's marching band
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The sodapop kid strikes!
17 September 2003 | by yomistahmanSee all my reviews

I have to admit... I LOVE THIS MOVIE and have since the first time I saw it as a kid. No other western - if it indeed is a true western? - tells the story of the white man's disrespect for the ORIGINAL Americans, without the tear-teasing guilt or the cheesy wigs chasing the stagecoach.

It is the story of an amazing man and his encounter with the Cheyenne. We follow young Jack Crab through his LONG life, and WHAT a life. Jack is abducted by Indians, raised by the preacher's ultra sexy wife, becomes the fastest gun in the west, sells dodgy "medicine" and joins General Custer at Little Big Horn.

A MUST SEE if you ask me.

And to top it off, the blues great John Hammond provides a fantastic score. A very hard to find album, but worth the effort and money... As is the movie.

Have to rate it 10 folks!


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