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5.0 out of 5 stars "I wasn't just playin' Indian - I was livin' Indian!"
Little Big Man is framed as a retrospective narration by Jack Crabb, who at age 120-plus, is the oldest living survivor of Custer's last stand at Little Big Horn, and in the 1960's (?) is being interviewed by a newspaper writer.
As kids, Jack and sister Caroline are the only survivors of an Indian attack, and they are taken to an Indian village and meet "Old Lodge...
Published on June 20 2004 by K. Gittins

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2.0 out of 5 stars ehhh
I've read the book, so I'm definitly biased, but I'd like to think that even if I hadn't read the book I wouldn't like this movie. It gets two stars for Dustin Hoffman and his Indian wife, who was really hot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Viewing Time" well spent, July 30 2002
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I truly enjoyed this 2 1/2 hour movie. If Little Big Man a.k.a. Jack Grabb is fiction, Thomas Berger, the author of the tale has done some intensive research to bring it to life. It gives a very accurate description of past events and it dares portray General George Armstrong Custer as he really was, i.e. a fame seeking, irrational killer of defenseless peaceful Indian women and children. The quasi-total extermination in the "millions" of a noble race, will linger and will forever cloud our proud and not so proud american history. I cannot wait for the sequel movie "The return of Little Big Man" based of Thomas Berger's sequential novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best American Films of All Time!, March 11 2002
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This review is from: Little Big Man (VHS Tape)
Little Big Man is quite possibly the most enjoyable, informative film concerning the American west ever made. The Indians are portrayed in a very natural, human way as opposed to noble savages. Dustin Hoffman gives a magnificient performance as Jack Crabb or Little Big Man (his Cheyenne Indian name). Attacked by the Pawnee as a child, adopted by the Cheyenne and turned into a Cheyenne "human being", Little Big Man walks between the Indian and White Man's World, never fitting too well in either. He endures all types of suffering and adventure, falls on his face and gets back up. The best parts of the film are when he continually meets up with his Indian Grandfather after some hair raising experiences. This film should be on every American's top ten list, truly great filmmaking, its shot beautifully too. Well worth seeing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars But is it a true story??, June 9 2001
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Wonderful,funny,sad though fictoinal. Chief Dan George is the best part. His insight is very thought provoking and practical. He is a wonderful actor.Cheyanne personalties could use more explanation for the avevage viewer so as not to misinterpret their role in Real Native American culture. But Hey, It's a movie!! Custer is SCUM!!Laff at him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEATH OF A NOBLE PEOPLE, April 23 2012
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At once the goofiest and angriest of all revisionist Westerns, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970) seems today less notable for its formal qualities than for its (counter)cultural content. This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time. Released midway through Nixon's first term and in the heat of the Vietnam War, the film is reflective of the darkening mood--both the nation's and the movies'.Penn's oater didn't just dispel the cloudless America of Westerns past--it dismembered the genre, threw the parts in a trench, and spit on the tombstone. Little Big Man was by no means the first of its kind, but it seems from this vantage to be the most vitriolic of the wild bunch of Westerns that came out during the period. Unlike Sam Peckinpah's epitaphs to the genre, there is no hint of reverence in Penn's version of the West. How could there be when genocide is revealed to be the national project?The movie exposes the lies of U.S. history via a tall tale. Unrecognizable under Terry Miles' masterful makeup, Dustin Hoffman plays 121-year-old Jack Crabb, the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand. Bookended by scenes of Crabb in the present day recounting his life story to a historian, the narrative is a far-fetched picaresque that offers nothing less than a survey of the American conquest of the West.

At once the goofiest and angriest of all revisionist Westerns, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970) seems today less notable for its formal qualities than for its (counter)cultural content. This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time. Released midway through Nixon's first term and in the heat of the Vietnam War, the film is reflective of the darkening mood--both the nation's and the movies.

The movie exposes the lies of U.S. history via a tall tale. Unrecognizable under Terry Miles' masterful makeup, Dustin Hoffman plays 121-year-old Jack Crabb, the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand. Bookended by scenes of Crabb in the present day recounting his life story to a historian, the narrative is a far-fetched picaresque that offers nothing less than a survey of the American conquest of the West.

Penn takes us back with a beautiful pan of a grassy expanse... that ends on the smoky remains of a plundered caravan. Little Jack and his sister, Caroline (Carol Androsky), cower under a wagon's canopy, their parents murdered, but are soon found by a wandering Cheyenne. The two are taken back to camp, which eventually becomes home to the orphaned Jack. (His sister, ever in fear of being raped by the savages, skedaddles unscathed.Penn's oater didn't just dispel the cloudless America of Westerns past--it dismembered the genre, threw the parts in a trench, and spit on the tombstone. Little Big Man was by no means the first of its kind, but it seems from this vantage to be the most vitriolic of the wild bunch of Westerns that came out during the period. Unlike Sam Peckinpah's epitaphs to the genre, there is no hint of reverence in Penn's version of the West. How could there be when genocide is revealed to be the national project?

Dubbed Little Big Man because of his slight stature, Crabb grows up learning the ways of the "Human Beings," as the Cheyenne call themselves. The source of a few aphoristic riffs, the "Human Being" theme immediately pegs the movie as a product of its time. It's a monicker that subverts the story of the white man's civilizing influence, even as it reduces the white race to something other than, if not beneath, human--a worldview that comes right out of the period's radical ideologies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ehhh, July 20 2004
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I've read the book, so I'm definitly biased, but I'd like to think that even if I hadn't read the book I wouldn't like this movie. It gets two stars for Dustin Hoffman and his Indian wife, who was really hot.
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