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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 17 to age 121.
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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 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.
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In order to get the raspy voice of 121 year old Jack, Dustin Hoffman sat in his dressing room and screamed at the top of his lungs for an hour.
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Little Big Man was the name of an actual historical figure. He was a Native American, an Oglala Lakota, who was a fearless and respected warrior who fought under, and was rivals with, Crazy Horse. He also fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn, a battle which is depicted in this film.
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One of the few two-and-a-half hour films of that era to not be shown with an intermission.
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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.
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As acknowledged in the film, the self chosen names of many American native tribes simply translate as "the human beings," leading to inevitable difficulties in translating and interpreting certain sayings in their languages.
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Old Lodge Skins' line "Today, is a good day to die," was adopted by the Star Trek Universe as a Klingons catchphrase.
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Stuntman Gary Combs lost an eye during production.
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Paul Scofield was considered for the role of Old Lodge Skins. Curiously, it was not until shortly before filming began that director Arthur Penn thought about using an actual Native American for this role - even though an important point made in Thomas Berger's original novel was that Caucasian actors are hardly ever convincing in such parts.
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The main tune played when the the 7th Cavalry were attacking on the Washita River and during the Battle of Little Big Horn is an Irish jig titled "Garry Owen". This song was the official song of the Seventh Cavalry of the U.S. Army - Lt. Col. Custer's cavalry. However, the music is actually a medley which consists of The Garry Owen and St. Patrick's Day.
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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.
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Chief Dan George became the first Native American to receive an Academy Award nomination for acting.
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When Merriweather is forced by the lynch mob to reveal the ingredients of his elixir, he includes oil of cloves. The same was used to alleviate Dustin Hoffman's pain following his torture in Marathon Man (1976).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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With its negative portrayal of the US Cavalry, this was seen by many as a sharp allegory about America's involvement in Vietnam which, at the time, was rapidly souring at home.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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Legendary make-up artist Dick Smith devised a latex face for old Crabb that allowed for the eyes to blink alongside Dustin Hoffman's own blinking, something revolutionary in the make-up field at the time. Smith was dismayed when he saw the film for the first time to see that none of the close-up cuts of Hoffman's face showed off this feature.
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In Thomas Berger's original novel, Jack Crabb is a redhead.
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Selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2014.
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Aimee Eccles, who played Little Big Man's Cheyenne wife Sunshine, is actually of Chinese descent.
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Features Chief Dan George's only Oscar nominated performance.
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