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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Crabb
... Mrs. Pendrake
... Old Lodge Skins
... Llardyce T. Merriweather
... Gen. George Armstrong Custer
... Wild Bill Hickok
... Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)
... Olga Crabb
Carole Androsky ... Caroline Crabb (as Carol Androsky)
Robert Little Star ... Little Horse
Cal Bellini ... Younger Bear
Ruben Moreno ... Shadow That Comes in Sight
Steve Shemayne ... Burns Red in the Sun
... Historian
... 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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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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23 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pequeño gran hombre  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,559,552
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Near the site of Custer's Last Stand, you will find a village named Garryowen, the name of the jig played by Custer's cavalry. See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Olga are being photographed in front of their store the photographer removes the lens cap to expose the film and we see the image being taken reversed on camera glass. In reality the film holder would have blocked any view during the exposure. 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

Featured in Hollywood Remembers Dustin Hoffman (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Bringing In the Sheaves
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by George A. Minor (1880)
Hymn by Knowles Shaw (1874)
Sung a cappella by Faye Dunaway
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Sprawling comedy-western with memorable moments.
14 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the greatest American films of the 70's, a long but enjoyable western epic told with verve and insight. Dustin Hoffman excels in one of his early film roles, throwing himself into its physical demands with obvious enthusiasm and in the process creating one of his most endearing characters.

But he had to be on his toes in the face of much scene-stealing by a host of experts, including Richard Mulligan as the screwiest Custer you'll ever see, Martin Balsam as the eternally optimistic Mr. Merriweather, and Chief Dan George as Old Lodgeskins, a noble, wise and very funny Native American patriarch. This, along with "Bonnie and Clyde," represented the pinnacle of Arthur Penn's directing career: he handles the tonal shifts from comedy to tragedy with unerring control. Beautifully photographed and scored, with a wry, picaresque script by Calder Willingham from Thomas Berger's novel. Memorable images abound, from the rousing stagecoach chase, to an erotic bath delivered by the beauteous Faye Dunaway, to the horrific attack on a snowbound Indian village by the U.S. Cavalry, accompanied by a sprightly fife-and-drums march, to George's dignified ritual of death under threatening skies that doesn't quite turn out the way he planned. A funny, poignant tale, skillfully told, and a reminder of the fragility and randomness of life and love.


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