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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

Although Dustin Hoffman plays the "younger" adopted son of Faye Dunaway's character in the film, he's actually four years older than Dunaway. Hoffman was born in 1937, while Dunaway was born in 1941. See more »

Goofs

Following the movie time line, Jack Crabbe should have been rescued from the Indians around 1865. When he enters his gunfighter period around 1866, Jack is carrying two 1873 Colt Peacemakers while Hickok's pistol is an 1882 Colt. 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 Permanent Midnight (1998) 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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What a pleasant surprise...
22 September 1998 | by JohnT-3See all my reviews

One night while channel flipping, I thought I saw a familiar face but too young to be recognized without a second look. I double check my vision and was convinced that the young boy in the movie was Dustin Hoffman prehaps in his early twenties or late teens. I saw him at the Academy Awards (98) this year and his complexion has changed a bit given the thirty years difference. From Little Big Man to Rain Man, Hoffman will be forever be immortalized as a Hollywood legend. Little Big Man is an exceptionally well done movie (the cast, the direction, and the great acting of Hoffman, chief Dan, and of course the sexy Faye). This is more than a movie, it was an adventure of a lifetime. You are pitched into his world and feel his every joy and every agony as he progresses through every stages of his life. Some say cats have nine lives but I think Little Big Man must have at least a hundred. This movie centers around the hostilities between the White Men and the Indians with climatic event "The Last Stand". Without giving away the movie, I must say the line "Run Sunshine run!! Run!!" captivated my soul. The movie is like a good book you just can't put it down. I recommend this movie to everyone.


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