Little Big Man (1970)
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The director seemed to get a kick out of giving us a comedic moment followed immediately by a tragic moment, and so on and so forth, for the entire movie. Little Big Man is up, he's down, he's back up, now he's way down...it was a bit like being on a 2 hour see-saw ride, but not necessarily in a good way. In addition, Custer is played as he typically is: part buffoon, part vainglorious pretender to greatness. He was no buffoon and while he probably was a bit of the latter, it's a character study that no longer holds much water knowing what we now know about him.
I agree with the other commenters...some good performances by Hoffman and Chief Dan George wasted on an oddly crafted script (with some rather transparent 1970s political messages strewn about for good measure).
Really not that great. Faye Dunaway is pretty much wasted. In fact, everyone is wasted, even Chief Dan George. Plays like an extended comedy sketch with pretensions of political commentary.
Faye Dunaway = very good!
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This movie ranks #47 in BFI's 100 Westerns
This movie ranks #477 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #485 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #508 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #526 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #640 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #647 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #664 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #717 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?