50th Anniversary Cinematic Special Little Big Man Directed by Arthur Penn Starring Dustin Hoffman, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan, Chief Dan George, Jeff Corey, and Faye Dunaway Premiered December 14, 1970 1971 Oscar nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chief Dan George) The bookend scenes with extremely old Jack may be the best old-age makeup job I've seen; and Hoffman puts a little extra effort into convincingly differentiating his voice, beyond the standard "old man mannerisms" that you usually see actors put on. Altogether, I never would never have recognized the character as Hoffman. The comedic element here is that Caroline, who's played up as being a large tomboy, seems motivated to escape only after it becomes clear that the Cheyenne don't intend to mistreat her in the way she'd been anticipating. Howard looks so uncannily like Hoffman that I wonder if they did makeup tricks, like with young Clark in Superman. Miranda is not very convincing as a Native American. The Brave actually acts kind of friendly if erratic; Jack kills him out of fear, as I recall. After Jack reunites with the hunting party, they come upon a village where the women and children were wiped out by the US Cavalry. I was initially under impression that it was their village, but at least one notable character who'd been left there, Little Horse, was still around later in the film. And following this incident, the tribe goes to war with the whites...though it's depicted as being a bit one-sided, the Indians trying to count coup while they're being shot at. The seduction includes the bath scene that plays a prominent role in the trailer. Also notable here is that Jack is whipped by Mr. P when he's caught fooling around with a girl his age. The outspokenly amoral Meriweather is missing an eye and a hand when we first meet him. Caroline shows Jack how to use a gun, and he proves to be a natural, such that he gains a reputation even though he's an awkward neophyte. He's turned off the gunslinging thing when he sees how paranoid Hickok behaves of others being out to shoot him; I was under the impression that Wild Bill may have killed the man in the saloon a bit hastily. As one can gather from the trailer, Custer is played up as being pompous, swaggering, and larger than life. Little Horse's nontraditional gender role is obviously being played for audience laughs. Custer doesn't remember having met Jack before. Old Lodge Skins is now blind from a wound inflicted by white men, and several tribesmen are said to have been killed since Jack was last with the Cheyenne. They move to a treaty-granted land, where they think they'll be safe to live in peace. After Jack's anticlimactic reunion with Olga, Little Horse offers to be his wife. I believe Sunshine had just delivered a baby by Jack. She's gunned down while Jack watches from the other side of the river, unable to help her. When Jack tries to get in to see Custer, he's discovered to be wearing Indian paint and clothing; but with some prodding, Custer remembers him this time and he's allowed to resume his mule-skinning duties. He attempts to assassinate Custer, but doesn't go through with it; Custer doesn't bother killing Jack, who subsequently loses all self-respect. Jack returns to the gutter and Meriweather, now missing a leg as well, comes across him and turns him on to the money to be made in buffalo trapping. Jack's about to jump off a cliff when he sees Custer's army riding through the plain below. Note that Custer does recognize Jack this time. The film holds back on the reveal that the headdress-wearing brave is Younger Bear, though I saw it coming. The Chief's "last request" is for the Great Spirit to take care of Jack. I happened upon this film, going in knowing little about it and with no expectations. It turned out to be quite well made and entertaining. _______ I always liked this MeTV promo that he did: But they're still going...for a little while anyway. Won't go there this time. This one has an interesting sound, but even already being in my collection, it wasn't particularly familiar to me...a complete obscuro. Decent but not distinguished. Kinda soundalike, but fun. A fucking good song. The Klein girl down the street done good. I think the tattoo would still be a turn-off today for a lot of women.