• Little Big Man (1970)

Little Big Man

Release Date: December 14th, 1970

PG-13 |2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Jeff Corey, Aimee Eccles, Kelly Jean Peters

Director: Arthur Penn

Genres: Western

Production Co: Cinema Center Films

Keywords: Emotional, Amusing, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    Episodic western with a great performance from Hoffman. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Arthur Penn's Little Big Man is an endlessly entertaining attempt to spin an epic in the form of a yarn. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Hoffman is uncharacteristically charming in a demanding role; the supporting cast is uniformly excellent, particularly Chief Dan George as a befuddled patriarch who takes the supernatural as a matter of course. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Anthony Asquith Memorial Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)