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      Little Big Man

      PG-13 Released Dec 14, 1970 2 hr. 30 min. Western List
      91% 80 Reviews Tomatometer 87% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score When a curious oral historian (William Hickey) turns up to hear the life story of 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), he can scarcely believe his ears. Crabb tells of having been rescued and raised by the Cheyenne, of working as a snake-oil salesman, as a gunslinger, and as a mule skinner under Gen. Custer (Richard Mulligan). As if those weren't astonishing enough, he also claims to be the only white survivor of the infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 31 Buy Now

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      An ambitious tall tale that boldly meshes farce with historical tragedy, Little Big Man is both an amusing comedic showcase and a persuasive political statement.

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      Donald C An endlessly entertaining forgotten gem that has aged well. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Red T An All Time Classic. The acting is spearheaded by Dustin Hoffman and Chief Dan George who have great chemistry and Hoffman balances being charming, naïve, humorous, and above all else likeable throughout. Custer is a really good villain as well. The closest I can somewhat describe his character and the tone of this film is a Western version of Being There (1979) for the most part. The cinematography is excellent with plenty of beautiful shots, memorable scenes, and a great final battle. The music is very good though I wouldn't call it catchy but it is memorable for its bluesy country mix. The editing is excellent and always focused on Hoffman throughout and PERFECTLY balances humor, drama, and character development that a large chunk of the time I can't tell if this is being a satire or serious and it blends perfectly. It absolutely is a Western first though and a comedy satire second. It also in a sense is a satire demystifying the west as well. The comedy is very clever and gets consistent chuckles throughout but never crosses over into slap stick or outright comedy if that makes sense. It's a great balance between fun, laughs, and drama. This all leads to beautiful pacing throughout and weaves between drama and comedy seamlessly. Anyone should give this a try once. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review Keith M We just watched this movie again tonight (May, 2023) - about the fifth time I've watched it. It is such a colorful, entertaining movie that brings humor into a story that is overall filled with tragedy. I don't know about its historic authenticity, but it opens one's eyes to the failures of the early American government to understand and accommodate the natives who were here before they were. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/22/23 Full Review Wyatt M Such a great film. Very interesting & engaging story, great characters, and surprisingly a ton of great humor despite the seriousness of a lot of the subject matter. One of Dustin Hoffmann's best movies. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/14/23 Full Review jon m Easily one of the 100 Greatest Films if All Time Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/23 Full Review Larry I firmly believe Forrest Gump used this film as its template. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Stefan Kanfer TIME Magazine The '70s has its first great epic. Blood brother to the 1903 one-reeler, The Great Train Robbery, Little Big Man is the new western to begin all westerns. Nov 10, 2023 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker You wind up disappointed, wishing you'd liked it better. It goes wrong in a subtle way -- the wrongness seeping into your bones, so that when the movie is over, you don't really feel like talking about it. Nov 10, 2023 Full Review David Denby The Atlantic Leaving aside the question of Penn's altering the tone of the movie according to who is being slaughtered, I question the artistic and political ethics of building up the desire for revenge in the audience. Nov 10, 2023 Full Review Kat Halstead Common Sense Media Adapted from an epic novel into an equally epic film, this is a Hoffman vehicle that sees the actor gallop through endless guises like an extended audition tape. Jan 17, 2024 Full Review Ben Wood Honolulu Star-Bulletin What makes this message picture succeed is its comedy, which Hoffman and the fine supporting cast handle so well. Penn makes us laugh instead of cry, even though blood runs like water. Nov 10, 2023 Full Review Jacob Brackman Esquire Magazine Little Big Man. an action-packed, wide-screen, family entertainment, is more... well, damn it, human than any movie of comparable eight-figure size. Never mind the horse-filled vistas. That's why it provides such a thumping good time. Nov 10, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When a curious oral historian (William Hickey) turns up to hear the life story of 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), he can scarcely believe his ears. Crabb tells of having been rescued and raised by the Cheyenne, of working as a snake-oil salesman, as a gunslinger, and as a mule skinner under Gen. Custer (Richard Mulligan). As if those weren't astonishing enough, he also claims to be the only white survivor of the infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn.
      Director
      Arthur Penn
      Screenwriter
      Calder Willingham
      Production Co
      Cinema Center Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Sexual Content|Intense Battle Sequences)
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 14, 1970, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 4, 2019
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