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644 Ratings

Little Big Man

Directed by Arthur Penn
United States, 1970
Comedy, Western, History


Jack Crabb is 121 years old. And he’s done it all. He’s been a full-fledged Cheyenne, an Indian fighter, a snake oil merchant, master gunman, drinking buddy of wild Bill Hickok, colleague of Buffalo Bill, and is the only survivor of Custer’s Last Stand. Little Big Man is Jack Crabb’s story.

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Little Big Man Directed by Arthur Penn

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1971 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

BAFTA Awards

1972 | 3 nominations including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Writers Guild of America

1971 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

Doesn’t work for me as comedy or as pointed satire, and watching it now I feel like a contemporary remake would probably star Adam Sandler (with Will Ferrell as Custer). Jokes are mostly predicated on feeble reversals of expectation concerning propriety: Crabb’s sister plainly yearns to be raped by Indians even as she feigns terror; Dunaway’s proper lady all but molests him while prattling about righteousness and purity…
April 27, 2012
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