Little Big Man

Synopsis: Jack Crabb is 121 years old as the film begins. A collector of oral histories asks him about his past. He recounts being captured and raised by indians, becoming a gunslinger, marrying an indian, watching her killed by General George Armstrong Custer, and becoming a scout for him at Little Big Horn.
Director(s): Arthur Penn
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

You're too little

and weak like a girl.

Run away now or I'll kick you.

The Indians had never heard

of fistfightin',

and it plum amazed 'em.

How did you do that?

I'm sorry, Younger Bear.

I didn't mean to hurt you.

The Indian way...

you should never feel sorry

about beating an enemy unless

having conquered his body,

you want his spirit as well.

I had made the first

real enemy of my life.

There once was a Human Being,

and he was very small,

but he won a name:

Little Man.

You've heard of him.

No, Grandfather.

He went on a war party

against the Pawnees.

But the Pawnees were many.

One by one, the Human

Beings were rubbed out.

Little Man was very brave.

The Pawnees called out to him,

"If you will quit fighting,

we will let you go. "

But Little Man answered,

"It's a good day to die. "

Finally, they cut off his head.

But he kept fighting

without his head.

He rode among the Pawnees

like a whirlwind.

And his head...

it was stuck on a spear...

started to shout the war cry.

The Pawnees could take no more,

and they ran away.

When they looked back,

they saw the body of Little Man

lie down among his friends.

Little Man was small,

but his bravery was big.

The Human Beings don't require

a boy to be a warrior

if he ain't got

the temperament for it,

and Little Horse didn't.

If he wanted to stay behind

with the women

that was all right

with the Human Beings.

We will leave the ponies here.

You two will hold them.

No! I don't want to stay here.

I want to go to the Pawnee camp.


You aren't even a Human Being!

You're white.

He didn't believe it himself.

Younger Bear was just trying

to hand me

the worst possible insult.

Little white man.

Fool poor Pawnee.

Big fooling.

You want to eat?

Sh*t, Pawnees was always

sucking up to whites.

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Calder Willingham

Calder Baynard Willingham, Jr. (December 23, 1922 – February 19, 1995) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Before the age of thirty, after just three novels and a collection of short stories, The New Yorker was already describing Willingham as having “fathered modern black comedy,” his signature a dry, straight-faced humor, made funnier by its concealed comic intent. His work matured over six more novels, including Eternal Fire (1963), which Newsweek said “deserves a place among the dozen or so novels that must be mentioned if one is to speak of greatness in American fiction.” He had a significant career in cinema, too, with screenplay credits that include Paths of Glory (1957), The Graduate (1967) and Little Big Man (1970). more…

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