Parents' Guide to

Little Big Man

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Epic adventure has violence, drinking, mature themes.

Movie PG-13 1970 139 minutes
Little Big Man movie poster: Dustin Hoffman rides horseback, Chief Dan George in the background in front of a field of cattle.

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Adapted from an epic novel into an equally epic film, this is a Hoffman vehicle that sees the actor gallop through endless guises like an extended audition tape. Narrated by an older (apparently 121-year-old) version of himself, Little Big Man feels like a whistle-stop tour of the American West, full of the tall tales and tongue-in-cheek humor Hoffman's Crabb brings in spades. One minute an honorary "Human Being" among the Cheyenne tribe, next a gunslinger alongside Wild Bill, Crabb even takes a turn as a hopeless hermit, shaggy beard intact. Recognized at the time for a fairer representation of Native Americans than most Westerns that had gone before it, Little Big Man went a way toward challenging some of the stereotypes and White-washed versions of history Hollywood had been throwing at the big screen for decades. However, it still has dated language and moments of misguided humor. The 139-minutes runtime feels somewhat unruly at times, but as the spoken memoirs of "the oldest man in the world," it keeps the narrative moving, albeit at a slightly erratic pace.

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