- Sorry, this item is not available in
- Image not available
- To view this video download Flash Player
Recounting how the West was won through the eyes of a white man raised as a Native American, Arthur Penn's 1970 adaptation of Thomas Berger's satirical novel was a comic yet stinging allegory about the bloody results of American imperialism. As a misguided 20th-century historian listens, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman) narrates the story of being the only white survivor of Custer's Last Stand. White orphan Crabb was adopted by the Cheyenne, renamed "Little Big Man," and raised in the ways of the "Human Beings" by paternal mentor Old Lodge Skins (Chief Dan George), accepting non-conformity and living peacefully with nature. Violently thrust into the white world, Jack meets a righteous preacher (Thayer David) and his wife (Faye Dunaway), tries to be a gunfighter under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickock (Jeff Corey), and gets married. Returned to the Cheyenne by chance, Jack prefers life as a Human Being. The carnage wreaked by the white man in the Washita massacre and the lethal fallout from the egomania of General George A. Custer (Richard Mulligan) at Little Big Horn, however, show Crabb the horrific implications of Old Lodge Skins' sage observation, "There is an endless supply of White Men, but there has always been a limited number of Human Beings."
Awesome movie that I'd never seen before except on TCM, so I bought it & think it's one of the best movies of all time.Published 14 days ago by Adam S.
Quite possibly the best movie ever made. It's verbatim from the book. Thomas Berger is a great author after you watch this definitely read all of his others.Published 15 days ago by allison hundley
Love this movie but this format would not play in any of my players.Published 26 days ago by Laura Dolby
Although the movie was produced some time ago, it still provides much truth in how we treated the Native Americans and how we inflated the reputations of the Government officials... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dodger Fan
Best of the westerns of its time, fun view of history and great cast.Published 1 month ago by Stephen Ruback
Like much of the 60's a sort of revisionist take on Custer as well as anti-hero.Published 1 month ago by HMan