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Little Big Man ()


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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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Jack Crabb
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Mrs. Pendrake
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Old Lodge Skins
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Mr. Merriweather
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General Custer
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Wild Bill Hickok
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Sunshine (as Amy Eccles)
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Olga
Carole Androsky ...
Caroline (as Carol Androsky)
Robert Little Star ...
Little Horse
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Younger Bear
Ruben Moreno ...
Shadow That Comes in Sight
Steve Shemayne ...
Burns Red in the Sun
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Historian
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Sergeant
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Lieutenant (as Jess Vint)
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Major
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Rev. Pendrake
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Mr. Kane
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Captain
Ray Dimas ...
Young Jack Crabb
Alan Howard ...
Adolescent Jack Crabb
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Card Player
Steve Miranda ...
Younger Bear As Youth
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Deacon
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Shot Gun Guard
Emily Cho ...
Digging Bear
Cecelia Kootenay ...
Little Elk
Linda Dyer ...
Corn Woman
Dessie Bad Bear ...
Buffalo Wallow Woman
Chief Leonard George ...
Crow Scout (as Len George)
Norman Nathan ...
Pawnee
Helen Verbit ...
Madame
Bert Conway ...
Bartender
Earl Rosell ...
Giant Trooper
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Sergeant
Bud Cokes ...
Man at Bar
Rory O'Brien ...
Assassin
Tracy Hotchner ...
Flirtatious Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ...
Stage Passenger (uncredited)
Mae Old Coyote ...
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Jim Dunkin ...
Cowboy (uncredited)
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Trader (uncredited)
Herbert Nelson ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Passerby (uncredited)
Douglas W. Randall ...
Town Little Boy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Arthur Penn

Written by

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Thomas Berger ... (novel)
 
Calder Willingham ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Gene Lasko ... associate producer
Stuart Millar ... producer

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John Hammond

Cinematography by

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Harry Stradling Jr.

Film Editing by

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Dede Allen

Editorial Department

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Richard Marks ... associate editor
Stephen A. Rotter ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Gene Lasko ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Dean Tavoularis

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Angelo P. Graham ... (as Angelo Graham)

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Jeakins

Makeup Department

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Lynn Del Kail ... hair stylist
Terry Miles ... makeup artist
Dick Smith ... makeup artist: Mr. Hoffman

Production Management

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Dick Gallegly ... production manager
Les Kimber ... second unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mike Moder ... assistant director
Malcolm R. Harding ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... second unit director (uncredited)
Jerry Preshaw ... second assistant director (uncredited)
David M. Robertson ... assistant director: Canada (uncredited)

Art Department

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Roger Dietz ... painter
Donald B. Nunley ... property master (as Don Nunley)
Lloyd R. Apperson ... construction foreman (uncredited)
Craig Binkley ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bud Alper ... sound
Marvin I. Kosberg ... dialogue editor
Marc Laub ... dialogue editor (as Mark M. Laub)
Al Overton Jr. ... sound
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
James Richard ... sound effects (as James A. Richard)
Frank E. Warner ... sound effects
Walter A. Gest ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
Curly Thirlwell ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Logan Frazee ... special effects

Stunts

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Hal Needham ... stunt gaffer
Dean Smith ... stunts
M. James Arnett ... stunts (uncredited)
Denny Arnold ... stunts (uncredited)
Stan Barrett ... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Burton ... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Green ... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall ... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty ... stunts (uncredited)
Kent Hays ... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty ... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Waugh ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Young ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ralph Gerling ... camera operator
Clifford Hutchison ... gaffer
Richard Craig Meinardus ... assistant camera (as Richard Meinardus)
Charles J. Renaud ... key grip (as Chas Renaud)
Mel Traxel ... still photographer
Ernst Haas ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Frank Delmar ... wardrobe
Stephanie Kline ... assistant costume designer
Ed Lossman ... costumer (uncredited)

Music Department

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John Strauss ... additional music arranger
Ted Whitfield ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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Charlsie Bryant ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Brad Thompson ... transportation

Additional Crew

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Wayne Fitzgerald ... titles
Jerry Gatlin ... advisor: cavalry
Alvin Joseph ... consultant to producer
Kenneth Lee ... railroad wrangler (as Kenny Lee)
Jean Sharpe ... production assistant
Maurice Segal ... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Thornton ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les extravagantes aventures d'un visage pâle (France)
  • Petit gran home (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Pequeño gran hombre (Spain)
  • To megalo anthropaki (Greece)
  • 小さな巨人 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 139 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The role of Old Lodge Skins was initially offered to Marlon Brando, who turned it down. Other sources claim Arthur Penn's first choice for the role was Sir Laurence Olivier. When that didn't work out, Richard Boone was slated for the role. When Boone backed out at the last minute, Chief Dan George was given the part and earned an Oscar nomination. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Drummer (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Bringing In the Sheaves See more »
Quotes Jack Crabb: Do you hate them? Do you hate the White man now?
Old Lodge Skins: Do you see this fine thing? Do you admire the humanity of it? Because the human beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals. But also water, earth, stone. And also the things from them... like that hair. The man from whom this hair came, he's bald on the other side, because I now own his scalp! That is the way things are. But the white man, they believe EVERYTHING is dead. Stone, earth, animals. And people! Even their own people! If things keep trying to live, white man will rub them out. That is the difference.
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