Little Big Man

Little Big Man

Either The Most Neglected Hero In History Or A Liar Of Insane Proportion!

19702 h 19 min
Overview

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.

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Director Arthur Penn
Runtime 2 h 19 min
Release Date 14 December 1970
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Movie Rating Very good
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In 1970, 121-year-old Jack Crabb, the oldest living man in the world is residing in a hospice, and recounts his plentiful life story to a curious historian. Among other things, Crabb claims to have been a captive of the Cheyenne, a gunslinger, an associate of Wild Bill Hickok, a scout for General George Armstrong Custer, and the sole white survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Jack begins his story in a flashback to 1859, when he was 10 years old where he and his older sister Caroline survived the massacre of their parents by the Pawnee, and are discovered by a Cheyenne brave who takes the pair to his village. Caroline escapes, but Jack is reared by the goodhearted tribal leader, Old Lodge Skins. As Jack gets older, he unwittingly makes an enemy of another boy, Younger Bear; however, Younger Bear eventually owes his life to Jack since he saved his life from a Pawnee brave. Jack is given the name “Little Big Man” because he is short but very brave. In 1865, when Jack is 16, he is captured by U.S. cavalry troopers during a skirmish, and renounces his Cheyenne upbringing in order to save himself. He is put in the care of Reverend Silas Pendrake, and his sexually frustrated wife, Louise, who tries to seduce Jack. When he witnesses Mrs. Pendrake having sex with the soda shop owner, Jack leaves the Pendrake household, and religion…

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