Little Big Man (1970)


“There is an endless supply of white men. There has always been a limited number of human beings.” – Old Lodge Skins

Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Feb 2009 and 16 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A 120 year old man tells the story of his life where he was raised by Indians and spent so much time in the company of many of the important figures that helped create the Old West as we know it.

My Take on it – This is an interesting tale of the life of a man who experienced so much over the course of the formidable years of the West especially when dealing with the Cowboy and Indian era.

Dustin Hoffman is quite good in the lead and his performance gives off a vibe like a Forrest Gump-ish type of persona who meets up with prominent figures that helped form the landscape of the west but he is far from perfect in this role.

Chief Dan George is great in a supporting role as a very optimistic Indian Chief who always hopes for the best for himself and his people especially when dealing with the white man.

He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance.

This is a story that manages to touch upon so many different parts of life as we see the world through the eyes of this character.

It works on numerous levels as both an adventure story that spans so many decades yet also is the quest of a man trying to find a way to understand who he truly is and why he was put on the Earth.

The story drags a bit too much and would have been better if it had been trimmed a bit.

Bottom Line – Interesting tale of the life of man who experienced so much over the years as the US began to fight with the Indians for control over the west. Hoffman is quite good in this Forrest Gump-y type of role, but is far from perfect. George is great in a supporting role as an optimistic Indian chief always hoping that will will eventually work out for the better.  He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance. This is a tale that touches upon so many different parts of life and works on numerous levels as both an adventure story and also as the story of a man seeking to understand who he is and why he was put on the Earth. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dustin Hoffman was put in The Guinness Book of World Records as “Greatest Age Span Portrayed By A Movie Actor” for portraying the character of Jack Crabb from age seventeen to age one hundred twenty-one. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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