Little Big Man is a U.S. comedy western movie that was directed by Arthur Penn. Based upon the novel by Thomas Berger, it concerns a white boy who was raised by Cheyenne nation Indians during the 19th century. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam, Richard Mulligan and Jeff Corey. The film contrasts the lives of Native Americans against the American pioneers of the day throughout the boy's life. Despite the satire there are tragic aspects and a social element concerning injustice and prejudice.
Jack (Dustin Hoffman) develops into a hermit and a trapper. He becomes upset after discovering an empty trap containing an animal limb. When he decides to commit suicide, he spots Custer and his troops, instead preparing to avenge the animal's death and that of others.
Custer winds up hiring him as a scout, since he believes that Jack will only lie - reasoning that he can serve them well as an informant of the other side. Jack winds up leading the troops into a Little Bighorn trap. Prior to the attack, Jack tells Custer the truth about the overwhelming existence of Native Americans hiding in the valley.
However, Custer disbelieves him, instead leading the charge to its total demise. Custer then raves insanely - ignoring the circling warriors and targeting Jack. Custer is then killed by Native American, Younger Bear.
Younger Bear then informs Jack that he can murder him without being considered evil. Jack rides with Old Lodge Skins to nearby hills where aged, tired leaders decide that it is time to end his life. He then offers his spirit up to the Great Spirit. When he lays down waiting for death, it starts to rain.
Old Lodge Skins resides himself to the fact that at times magic will work, and other times it does not. They go back to the tepee for dinner. Jack ends his narrative, dismissing the historian, as he thinks of the melancholy memories of a world long gone.
Considered a revisionist piece, the Native Americans receive more sympathetic treatment than U.S. Cavalry who are shown as villainous.