The Education of Little Tree

Synopsis: Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Richard Friedenberg
Production: Paramount Home Video
  4 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

be on your next birthday?

- Nine. Come March 22.

- That's what I thought.

Then it is time you

started on a trade.

- That's her.

- What does she do?

She makes whiskey!

Ain't you ever seen a still afore?

This here's my trade.


Been handed down on the Scots

side of my family for 200 years.

I'm going to hand it down to you.

Of course, when you get older,

you might want to switch trades.

Leastways you'll have

something to fall back on

when you're pressed

otherwise to make a living.

Times like these here, hard times.

Now, this... call the beer.

What we're going to do today

is turn the beer into whiskey.


Pour away!

This here is pure corn.

Some fellows, and this is what

gives whiskey-making a bad name,

some fellows use potash or

even lye to make the mash quick.

Some put it through sheet

iron or truck radiators,

got all kind of poisons

that can kill you.

Now, these fellows ought

to be hung, in my opinion.

Then there's the other side, them

that say whiskey ought to be aged.

I tried that once. Set back some

fresh-made for a whole god damn week.

By the bye, there's a word you won't

find in your granma's dictionary,

so you probably shouldn't

try it out on her, OK?


Now... where was I?

You set some fresh-made

back a whole goddam week.

Week, yeah...

Didn't taste a damn lick different

from all the other whiskey I ever made.

I'm gonna raise the flame

on this a little bit.

See? You want to boil it, but

you don't want to scorch it.

What I could use is just one

more armload of good dry wood.

I'll get it, Granpa!

You be Little Tree?

Well, let's see what you brung.

Little Tree, this here's Willow John.

He has the magic.

- What do you reckon?

- Ain't you gonna taste it?

Well, this is what you call

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Richard Friedenberg

Richard Friedenberg is an American screenwriter and film director. He wrote the screenplay for A River Runs Through It (1992), starring Brad Pitt, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and the screenplay for the Hallmark Hall of Fame television film Promise (1986), starring James Garner and James Woods, for which he won an Emmy Award. He also wrote the screenplay for Dying Young starring Julia Roberts and wrote and directed The Education of Little Tree (1997). more…

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