History Film / LittleBigMan

27th Mar '17 3:09:16 PM Prfnoff
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Creator/DustinHoffman stars as Jack Crabb, a 121-year-old survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But there's more to his life story than that: life as an adopted Cheyenne, a SnakeOilSalesman, an amateur gunslinger, and an attempt to go straight before he gets embroiled in the mad dreams of a general named Custer. Sometimes a parody of the {{Western}} genre, sometimes a {{Deconstruction}}.

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Creator/DustinHoffman stars as Jack Crabb, a 121-year-old survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But there's more to his life story than that: life as an adopted Cheyenne, a SnakeOilSalesman, an amateur gunslinger, and an attempt to go straight before he gets embroiled in the mad dreams of a general named Custer.UsefulNotes/GeorgeArmstrongCuster. Sometimes a parody of the {{Western}} genre, sometimes a {{Deconstruction}}.
28th Jan '17 2:00:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ShoutOut: To any Western (including ''Three Godfathers'') that uses the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River."



* ShoutOut: to any Western (including ''Three Godfathers'') that uses the hymn "Shall We Gather at the River."


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Old Lodge Skins dies in the book, but not in the film. Arthur Penn explained the change:
-->We thought long and hard about this and in the first draft of the script he does die, but this death would have introduced an element of sadness into the film and we didn't want this. The film would have become dramatic, even melodramatic, instead of being picaresque. I also wanted to show that not only were the Indians going to be destroyed, but they were also condemned to live. On the whole, audiences like their entertainment dramatically compact and homogenous, but I want the opposite. A film should remain free and open, not with everything defined and resolved."
25th Dec '16 11:14:48 PM ImaginaryTalkingRabbit
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* {{Brownface}}: Creator/DustinHoffman as a Cheyenne.

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* {{Brownface}}: Creator/DustinHoffman as (Jack Crabb pretending to be) a Cheyenne.
11th Dec '16 6:51:54 AM JustKnown
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* SoundtrackDissonance: Towards the end when Custer's 7th Cavalry is [[spoiler: massacring an entire Native American village, including the protagonist's family]], in the background is the cheery strains of "Garry Owens" played by the regimental band. This was the actual marching song of the 7th cavalry.
** ''Garryowen'' was also the regimental march of the British Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava and the famous Charge. Both battles are alluded to when it is used by Custer's bandsmen at the Little Big Horn: this could also be an example of {{Karma}} in action.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Towards the end when Custer's 7th Cavalry is [[spoiler: massacring Regiment massacres an entire Native American village, including the protagonist's family]], in the background is family to the cheery strains of "Garry Owens" "Garryowen" played by the regimental band. This ''Garryowen'' was (and remains to this day) the actual marching song of the 7th cavalry.
** ''Garryowen'' was also the regimental march of the British Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava and the their famous Charge. Both battles are alluded suicidal charge, making it an allusion to when it is used by Custer's bandsmen at the another famous military disaster. ''Little Big Man''[='s=] Charge into Little Big Horn: this could also be an example Horn is the 1936 film version of {{Karma}} in action. ''TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' shorn of all heroic pretension.
11th Dec '16 6:36:37 AM JustKnown
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* ActionSurvivor: Jack's primary motivation is always personal survival in part because he's caught between two cultures and torn between his loyalties to both sides but mostly because he doesn't particularly want to kill anybody, which is why he also failed as a would-be gunfighter.



* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In an early scene where the narrator/protagonist is first captured by the Cheyenne, his sister is shown worrying and complaining about what all these natives might be planning for her in the strange language they're speaking and saying "They're going to rape me for sure!" As time passes and nothing happens to her, however, we see that they're planning no such thing, and that she's actually getting rather annoyed because no one's paying very much attention to her at all. Didn't help that they didn't realize she was a girl at first.

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* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In an early scene where the narrator/protagonist is first captured by the Cheyenne, his sister is shown worrying and complaining about what all these natives might be planning for her in the strange language they're speaking and saying "They're going to rape me for sure!" As time passes and nothing happens to her, however, we see that they're planning no such thing, and that she's actually getting rather annoyed because compared to Jack, who is enthusiastically adopting their ways, no one's paying very much attention to her at all. Didn't help that they didn't realize she was a girl at first.


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* GoingNative: Played with. Young Jack finds Cheyenne life very attractive (as he puts it, "I wasn't just playing Indian, I was living it.") before his UnwantedRescue, then he spends the rest of his life caught between the two cultures, never fully belonging to either one.
26th Sep '16 8:30:52 AM Mdumas43073
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''Little Big Man'' is an 1970 film directed by Arthur Penn. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham, based on a novel of the same name by Thomas Berger.

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''Little Big Man'' is an 1970 film directed by Arthur Penn. The screenplay is by Calder Willingham, based on [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted from a novel of the same name name]] by Thomas Berger.
26th Sep '16 8:28:28 AM Mdumas43073
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* BriarPatching: General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "[[AntiAdvice reverse barometer]]". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:

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* BriarPatching: General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a perfect "[[AntiAdvice reverse barometer]]". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:
26th Sep '16 8:28:00 AM Mdumas43073
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* BriarPatching: General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "reverse barometer". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:

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* BriarPatching: General Custer hires Jack Crabb as a scout, reasoning that because Crabb hates him and wishes to get revenge on him for killing the Cheyenne, everything he tells Custer will be a lie, thereby making him a "reverse barometer"."[[AntiAdvice reverse barometer]]". This leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Crabb when they get to the Little Bighorn and Custer asks if they should attack:
30th Aug '16 7:21:13 PM nombretomado
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* TimeshiftedActor: While a child actor had to portray the 10-year-old Crabb, DustinHoffman wore make-up to portray the character's centenarian self. He made his voice sound old by going into his dressing room and screaming at the top of his lungs for an hour.

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* TimeshiftedActor: While a child actor had to portray the 10-year-old Crabb, DustinHoffman Creator/DustinHoffman wore make-up to portray the character's centenarian self. He made his voice sound old by going into his dressing room and screaming at the top of his lungs for an hour.
22nd Mar '16 8:43:48 PM Mdumas43073
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* TheOldestProfession: Crabb goes to deliver some money to Wild Bill Hickok's widow, who's working in a cathouse, and is surprised to discover that she's [[spoiler:Mrs. Pendrake]].

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* TheOldestProfession: Crabb goes to deliver some money to Wild Bill Hickok's widow, who's working in a cathouse, brothel, and is surprised to discover that she's [[spoiler:Mrs. Pendrake]].
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