Little Big Man
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Might it be a serious attempt to right some unretrievable wrong via gallows humor which avoids the polemics? This seems to be the course taken; the attempt at least can be respected in theory."
‑ , Variety
"Penn seems to have little feel for the Western genre, but despite that the amazing thing is that this mock epic Western came out as well as it did."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A picaresque masterpiece about an inimitable American anti-hero whose wild adventures are delivered into our hearts and minds with the robust vitalities of comedy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the great films of the early 70s."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An endlessly entertaining attempt to spin an epic in the form of a yarn."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This outraged reconfiguration of an all-American genre may be set in the Wild West, but it's also very much a bulletin of its time."
‑ Elbert Ventura, PopMatters
"truly magical movie that works well"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An American classic, Little Big Man seeks to rectify Western history with this engrossing account of the colorful life of 121-year-old Jack Crabb."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Arthur Penn offers a new take of the culture clash between the White men and Native Americans in this revisionist. satirical, tone-shifting Western starring Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Easily one of the most entertaining (and presently overlooked) Westerns of the early 1970s."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"One of Dustin Hoffman's best films, one of Arthur Penn's best films, and one of Hollywood's best films."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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