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The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 1997 (USA)
Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy who loses his parents during The Great Depression and begins living with his Indian grandparents and learning the Cherokee way of life.

Writers:

Forrest Carter (novel), Earl Hamner Jr. (teleplay) (as Earl Hamner) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cromwell ... Granpa
Tantoo Cardinal ... Granma
Joseph Ashton ... Little Tree / Joshua
Mika Boorem ... Little Girl
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Pine Billy
Christopher Fennell ... Wilburn (as Chris Fennell)
Graham Greene ... Willow John
Leni Parker ... Martha
Rebecca Dewey Rebecca Dewey ... Dolly
Bill Rowat Bill Rowat ... Henry (as William Rowat)
Robert Daviau Robert Daviau ... Ralph
Norris Domingue Norris Domingue ... Mr. Jenkins
Mark Jeffrey Miller ... Preacher
Gordon Masten ... Politician
Howard Rosenstein ... Calf's Owner
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Storyline

Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life. Written by Anonymous

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A boy of two worlds must learn to be his own man.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and thematic elements including old fashioned discipline | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal starred in Dances with Wolves together. They played husband and wife in the Souix tribe that John Dunbar(Kevin Costner) became an honorary member of. See more »

Goofs

When Little Tree is petting the calf outside the church he alternates between kneeling to the right and then left of the calf's head. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #21.9 (1999) See more »

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Education of Little Tree
25 October 2005 | by geoff-262See all my reviews

Despite comments that the author of the book from which this film comes may have had racist tendencies the tale sets out to show the prejudices in us all. The actors, particularly, Joseph Ashton (Little Tree) are adorable as if they are right out of a patchwork quilt. I don't mean to diminish the impact of this film by that comment. James Cromwell and Tantoo Cardinal as the grandparents set out to bring up the young by letting him learn by his own mistakes. The State, as always, has to interfere and its perhaps here that the boy's education really begins. The Appallachan scenery is jaw dropping and adds to the atmosphere that pervades from start to finish. THis a story to curl up with on the sofa on a cold, wet afternoon. It pulls at your heart strings and also has you smiling at tender moments. There is even one great belly laughing scene. I first saw this on U.K. TV and immediately ordered it on video. It's certainly in my top ten films of all time.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,817, 28 December 1997

Gross USA:

$323,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$323,411
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Allied Films, Lightmotive See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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