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

Little white man not mad, huh?

See? Pawnee friend.


Fixes bad Injun

for little white man.

I always felt kind of bad

about that poor Pawnee.

I didn't mean to kill him.

I just meant to distract him.

I had made a real enemy

of Younger Bear.

I give you these ponies...

but... I owe you a life.

Saving his life

was the final insult.

This boy is no longer a boy.

He's a brave.

He is little in body,

but his heart is big.

His name shall be

"Little Big Man. "

I don't understand it,


Why would they kill

women and children?

Because they are strange.

They do not seem to know

where the center

of the Earth is.

We must have

a war on these cowards

and teach them a lesson.

This will be the first time,

my son,

I face the whites as an enemy.

I don't know

whether you remember

before you became a Human Being,

and as dear a son to me as those

I made with Buffalo Wallow

Woman and the others...

But I won't speak of

that unfortunate time.

I just want to say,

if you believe

riding against these

white creatures is bad,

you can stay out of the fight.

No one will think the worse.


I think it's a good day to die.

My heart soars like a hawk.

I'm sorry to say

that Old Lodge Skins' war

against the whites

was kind of pitiful.

Not that the Human Being

wasn't brave.

No warrior ever

walked the earth

more brave than a Human Being.

Old Lodge Skins' idea of war

and the whites' idea of war

were kind of different.

Half our party

didn't even use weapons.

What they done was "take coup,"

hit the enemy

with a little stick.

Humiliate them.

That was how the Human Beings

taught a coward a lesson

and won a war.


Look at 'em go!

We got 'em runnin', boys!

Go get that black bastard!

Shooting rifles

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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