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Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)

R | | Drama | 21 October 1970 (USA)
The friendship between two Arizona dirt bike racers is tested when they both lust for an attractive runaway young woman who joins them on the racing circuit.


Sidney J. Furie


Charles Eastman
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Redford ... Halsy Knox
Michael J. Pollard ... Little Fauss
Lauren Hutton ... Rita Nebraska
Noah Beery Jr. ... Seally Fauss (as Noah Beery)
Lucille Benson ... 'Mom' Fauss
Ray Ballard Ray Ballard ... The Photographer
Linda Gaye Scott ... Moneth
Erin O'Reilly ... Sylvene McFall
Ben Archibek Ben Archibek ... Rick Nifty (as Benjamin Archibek)


A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Fauss (Michael J. Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanizing Halsey Knox (Redford). Written by Mark Roberts <doodad1@ix.netcom>

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He's mean, rotten, thieving, a womanizer. You're going to love Big Halsy. See more »




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Stars Robert Redford and Michael J. Pollard couldn't stand each other, making their onscreen rivalry all the more convincing. See more »


When they are broken down and they are chatting at the back of the pickup, they are shown in profile with Halsey in the background. Past Halsey, deeper in the background, there is a constant stream of vehicles on what is obviously a major thoroughfare. Then the camera pans to a long shot showing them sitting in the rain. This long shot also shows the surrounding countryside and they are on an isolated dirt road with no major thoroughfare around. See more »


Little Fauss: [getting drunk together while broke down on the side of the highway] Hey, Halsy, you know, just because I don't yak it up all the time, I'm not your pure St. Peter, you know?
Halsy Knox: You know what? All I say is just talk.
Little Fauss: Uh, you sure are a great talker, man. You had two chicks in the sack. And stupid me, man, sleeping in the car.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) See more »


The Little Man
Written and Performed by Johnny Cash
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Little Fauss and Big Halsy
27 April 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

When Alex Cox used to present the BBC's cult film strand Moviedrome. He boasted that you will not find films from the likes of Robert Redford here.

Little Fauss and Big Halsy would had been tailor made for Moviedrome. It is a cult obscure film. It was made just as Redford was on the cusp of superstardom.

Redford plays Halsy Knox a braggart. A small time womanising motorbike racer and petty crook always looking for his next buck. Halsy can race but he does not have temperament or the mechanical knowledge to be a winner.

Halsy meets Little Fauss (Michael J Pollard) a mechanic who wants to be a racer. He just cannot stay on his bike when he goes fast. His parents are oafs and Fauss is shy with a child like innocence. He has no friends.

Fauss hooks up with Halsy, he tunes his bikes and Halsy races, they even make some money. Fauss soon sees through Halsy's tall tales and his womanising. Halsy always hooks up with a floozy who hangs around the races.

Fauss is upset when Rita Nebraska (Lauren Hutton) who came across them running totally naked before a race, falls for Halsy even though she is aware that he is shallow and unreliable.

There is an element of the counterculture in this movie. There are several songs from Johnny Cash. There is full frontal nudity. It is an atypical Redford film, he is a chancer with no redeeming features. He appears half naked for most of the movie, shirtless and showing a long scar on his back.

There are hints of homoeroticism. One male photographer at the beginning of the movie is more interested in photographing Halsy's bronzed torso.

Fauss grows up as a person with his time with Halsy. He becomes a better racer and he also gets to have sex with one of Halsy's cast offs. He also tries to leave them in the same way as Halsy by sneaking away early in the morning.

The main difference is Fauss still remains a better person. This comes up when he talks about being drafted to the army, Halsy then reveals how he got his scar on his back.

Little Fauss and Big Halsy is a small scale character piece and part road movie. Robert Redford was interested in flawed people. A year before this he played an Olympic skier in Downhill Racer. His character was selfish who was only interested in winning gold.

In The Great Waldo Pepper made in 1975, Redford played a stunt pilot who told tall tales of his exploits in World War One. The box office failure of that film meant that Redford stuck with mainly heroic parts. Only as director would he examine the darker side of the American dream.

Director Sidney J Furie has made an offbeat and meandering look at Americana. The script is too thin and also predictable. Furie pumps it up with the race scenes.

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