Little Big Man [DVD] [1970]

Recounting how the West was won through the eyes of a white man raised as a Native American, Arthur Penn's 1970 adaptation of Thomas Berger's satirical novel was a comic yet stinging allegory about the bloody results of American imperialism. As a misguided 20th-century historian listens, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) narrates the story of being the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand. White orphan Crabb was adopted by the Cheyenne, renamed "Little Big Man," and raised in the ways of the "Human Beings" by paternal mentor Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George), accepting non-conformity and living peacefully with nature. Violently thrust into the white world, Jack meets a righteous preacher (Thayer David) and his wife (Faye Dunaway), tries to be a gunfighter under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickock (Jeff Corey), and gets married. Returned to the Cheyenne by chance, Jack prefers life as a Human Being. The carnage wreaked by the white man in the Washita massacre and the lethal fallout from the egomania of General George A. Custer (Richard Mulligan) at Little Big Horn, however, show Crabb the horrific implications of Old Lodge Skins' sage observation, "There is an endless supply of White Men, but there has always been a limited number of Human Beings."
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Ratings & Reviews


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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features


  • Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 tvs
  • English subtitles
  • Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround
  • English Stereo Surround
  • French Mono
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Little Big Man
Recounting how the West was won through the eyes of a white man raised as a Native American, Arthur Penn's 1970 adaptation of Thomas Berger's satirical novel was a comic yet stinging allegory about the bloody results of American imperialism. As a misguided 20th-century historian listens, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) narrates the story of being the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand. White orphan Crabb was adopted by the Cheyenne, renamed "Little Big Man," and raised in the ways of the "Human Beings" by paternal mentor Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George), accepting non-conformity and living peacefully with nature. Violently thrust into the white world, Jack meets a righteous preacher (Thayer David) and his wife (Faye Dunaway), tries to be a gunfighter under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickock (Jeff Corey), and gets married. Returned to the Cheyenne by chance, Jack prefers life as a Human Being. The carnage wreaked by the white man in the Washita massacre and the lethal fallout from the egomania of General George A. Custer (Richard Mulligan) at Little Big Horn, however, show Crabb the horrific implications of Old Lodge Skins' sage observation, "There is an endless supply of White Men, but there has always been a limited number of Human Beings." ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman - Jack Crabb
  • Faye Dunaway
    Faye Dunaway - Mrs. Pendrake
  • Martin Balsam
    Martin Balsam - Merriweather
  • Richard Mulligan
    Richard Mulligan - Gen. George A. Custer
  • Chief Dan George
    Chief Dan George - Old Lodge Skins



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A timeless tribute to Human Beings

    Posted
    Vidiot46

    Timeless is timeless, and this film is worth watching again and again. Stage, live TV, and movie director, Arthur Penn (who gave Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway film-icon staus with his 1967 "Bonnie & Clyde") has enormous fun--and simultaneously delivers a meaningful message--as Dustin Hoffman gives us an endearing portrait of the "Little Big Man", the only white survivor of Custer's "Last Stand." We're talking about an absolutely wonderful piece of entertainment here--with outstanding production values and memorable performances by Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, good ol' Jeff Corey, brilliant Richard Mulligan and Native American treasure, Chief Dan George. This is, truly, a one-of-a-kind movie for all ages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    covinabornhippy
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    If you have never seen this movie, it's a must see. Great older movie

    I would recommend this to a friend




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