Little Big Man (1970)

ARTHUR PENN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1970.  Cinema Center Films, Stockbridge-Hiller Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1970.  Golden Globe Awards 1970.  

Glorious western by Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Penn.  plays the child of a prairie settler whose parents are killed by Natives and he and his sister are adopted into their tribe. Now over a hundred years old (great makeup on him too), Hoffman relays the story of his life to a historian who gets to hear all about his various adventures, as a member of the Cheyenne Indians, as a child of religion and as a travelling salesman among many others.  is magnificent as a preacher’s wife who longs for a little lusty excitement; her eventual outcome is one of the funniest scenes in the film. Beautifully filmed, this movie has a magnificent scope and a terrific screenplay by Calder Willingham (Rambling Rose).   is marvelous as the Cheyenne’s chief and Hoffman’s closest confidante.

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