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

against bow and arrow.

I never could understand

how the white world

could be so proud of winning

with them kind of odds.

God bless George Washington!

Before I knowed it, them words

just popped out of my mouth.

God bless my mother!

You murdering fool!

Got to cut your throat to get it

through your head

I'm a white man.


Sure I'm white.

Didn't you hear me say

"God bless George Washington"?

"God bless my mother"?

I mean, now, what kind

of Indian would say

a fool thing like that?

Lend me that

to get off this paint.


The troopers took me

under their wing

and turned me over

to the Reverend Silas Pendrake

for moral guidance

and a Christian upbringing.

Can you drive a buggy, boy?

Oh, yes, sir.

I can do it.

You're a liar, boy.

If you was reared by the Indians

how could you learn

to drive a buggy?

We shall have to beat

the lying out of you.

Oh, dear Jack.

Welcome to your new home.

Your travail is over,

enfolded now as you are

in Christian love.

Well, boy,

are you unable to converse?


No, I'm glad to meet

your daughter, sir.

You are addressing my wife, boy.

Poor boy.

Poor darling.

Think of the years

of suffering,

deprivation and hardship

among those awful savages.

The boy's deprivation, my dear,

has been more spiritual

than physical.

The Indians know nothing of God

and moral right.

They eat human flesh,



misogynize and

commune constantly

with minions of the devil.

It must be our task,

nay, our Christian duty,

to beat the misery out...

Beat the poor boy?

Not while there's

a breath left in my body.

I could have kissed her.

Well, I didn't mean

beat him literally, my dear.

I meant to beat him


Poor boy.

He hasn't even had

a proper bath.

His darling neck is so...

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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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