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Little Big Man

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.56 /10
Dustin Hoffman , Martin Balsam, Faye Dunaway
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Directed by: Arthur Penn
Written by: Calder Willingham from Thomas Berger's novel

Released: 1970
Origin: US
Length: 147


A 121 year-old man (Dustin Hoffman) claims to be the only survivor of the massacre at the Little Big Horn.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Hoffman is impressive, as is Chief Dan George, in this quirky, anti-war western which suffers from narrative leaps, an unhistorical approach to the Indians, and odd jolts between humour and seriousness. Our hero seems to be more a victim and witness of history, than to have much effect upon it (though perhaps that's partly the point). The overriding purpose of this long, rambling movie seems to be as a tract against genocide and imperialism. The film-makers evidently felt this to be relevant to the Vietnam conflict of the time; whether you agree may depend on your politics.

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