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Thumbnail for Little Big Man (1970) Little Big Man (1970)

Basics Critics:77Viewers:73Rusty:77
Category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, WesternNotable as: Action/Adventure, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: War film, Historical period drama, History, Indian Western, Western, Adventure Film, Epic Western, Revisionist Western, Action/Adventure, Black comedy, Action Film, Comedy Western, Comedy, DramaNarrative location: South DakotaRuntime: 139 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Billings, Crow Agency, Crow Indian Reservation, Little Bighorn River, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Alberta, Calgary, Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Lame Deer, Hardin, Montana, Morley, Alberta, Nevada City (Montana), Sawtelle Veterans Home, Thousand Oaks, Virginia CityDirector: Arthur PennScreenwriter: Calder Willingham, Thomas BergerBased on: Little Big ManMusic: John P. HammondCinematography: Harry StradlingStars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Cal Bellini, Thayer David, Aimée Eccles, Annette O'Toole Producer: Stuart Millar, Stuart MillarStudio: CBS, Cinema Center FilmsAwards won: National Film Registry
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (Chief Dan George)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Chief Dan George)
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
United Nations Awards
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. The film is largely concerned with contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans throughout the progression of the boy's life. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan. It is considered a revisionist Western, with Native Americans receiving a more sympathetic treatment and the United States Cavalry depicted as villains. Despite its satirical approach, the film has tragic elements and a clear social conscience about prejudice and injustice. Little Big Man is considered an example of anti-establishment films of the period, protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War by portraying the U.S. military negatively.

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