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[color=orange]Little Big Man (Piccolo Grande Uomo) 1970[/color]
[color=orange]Little Big Man is a 1970 film directed by Arthur Penn and based on the 1964 novel by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy and drama about a Caucasian boy raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. A major part of the film involves contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans.
The movie stars Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan. It is considered a Revisionist Western, with Native Americans receiving a sympathetic treatment uncommon for Western films in previous decades. Many of the United States Cavalry soldiers are depicted as villains.
Despite its satiric and comedic approach, the film has tragic elements and a clear social commentary about prejudice and injustice. Little Big Man is considered an example of anti-establishment films of the period subtly protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War by portraying the U.S. Military in a condemnatory manner. Arthur Penn has also stated in an interview featured on a TCM promo that elements of the film were comments on genocide and the holocaust.
A dying centenarian, 121-year-old Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), recalls several facets of his life for a curious historian (William Hickey). His long and episodic story includes being a member of the Cheyenne tribe, a gunslinger, a sidekick to Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Corey) and a scout for General George Armstrong Custer (Richard Mulligan). The central theme is his adoption by the Cheyenne, enabling him to view both the Caucasian and Native American cultures of the 19th century.
The movie's portrayal of the Battle of Washita River as a Custer-led massacre of women and children is not entirely based upon fact, as the historical record shows there was more resistance than portrayed in the film (though a large percentage of the victims were women and children). As depicted, the scene most closely resembles the Sand Creek Massacre, where Colorado militia troops (not including Custer) attacked a peaceful contingent of Native Americans, killing more than 150 women, children and elderly men.
Wild Bill Hickok was in fact killed on August 2, 1876, one month after the Battle of the Little Bighorn.