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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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    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



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    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worthwhile Blu-Ray Purchase

      Posted
      CincinnatiDan

      Please describe the audio/video quality of any Blu-Ray you review. Thanks to those who do this. I can't believe I am the first to review this Blu-Ray (it was released on Tuesday the 8th, and this is 11/13/2011). The video quality varied. The beginning had a lot of grain, which soon disappeared. I sit about 7 feet away from a 52" LCD, and I didn't notice any grain during most of the movie. The lowest rating I have ever given to a Blu-Ray movie was 4.0 on a 10.0 scale. The beginning was about a 6.5. Most of the movie was about 8.5. Some of the indoor shots were about 9.5. Overall, very good for a movie made in 1970. I was happy to see that there was DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio; it just wasn't that good. They didn't put much effort into the surround sound. The movie lasted 2 hours and 19 minutes. I believe the aspect ration is 2.40:1, but it could be 2.35:1. I was glad to see the widescreen format, instead of the 1.77:1 that is listed in the product description. The movie had credits at the end. The only person in the cast that I recognized, besides Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, and Chief Dan George, was E. Emmett Walsh, who was the "Shot Gun Guard". I wish they had the credits at the beginning, so I would have known to look for him. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I am satisfied having it on Blu-Ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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

      Good Price

      Posted
      gusman2017
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      Good price on DVD and shipping was very quick. Would buy online again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still one of my favorites.GOOD MOVIE.

      Posted
      DLaw5
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      I saw this movie when I was 17 and loved it. I had to get when I saw it was on Blu-Ray.

      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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