Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday (on Tuesday Nights) ….

This week’s theme is your favorite death scene.  For some unknown reason, this is the scene that came to my mind.  From the movie, “Little Big Man” and starring a very young Dustin Hoffman.  But stealing the show was Chief Dan George who played Grandfather.  A little long on the clip but worth it as there is some sweet and funny dialogue at the end.
Well, it is a “death” scene …. right?


Pam said...

I just love this scene from LITTLE BIG MAN for many reasons: The elderly Indian and his great wisdom; that scenery (which really does look more like my part of the world); and this might have been one of the very first movies to tell the story from the Indian point of view and from a sympathetic standpoint at that. The burial pillar was certainly authentic for Plains Indians (which I knew because when first seeing this movie, hand't been long since a trip to Indian City USA in Anadarko, Oklahoma) where we learned all those good things. A little long on the clip, but hope you enjoyed. IT is how you learn why the Snake woman is called Doesn't Like Horses.

Boxer said...

I saw this in the theater when I was a kid and I agree it is one of the earlier movies to shift from "heathen Indians" to "maybe the white man is bad?". Dustin Hoffman was great in this and so is this scene. I'd say it's a great death scene because it proves we have no control on when we're supposed to leave the planet. Even when you're the "chief", it's in someone else's hands. Wonderful scene. It's why I'm really enjoying MCW.

TROLL Y2K said...

Great selection. One forgets that film contained quite a bit of under-stated humor.

Hppy MCW!

moi said...

Watched just last week, since S.B. has never seen it. It was revolutionary when it came out, and remains one of the better films about Native Americans. I remember my brother and I doing Chief Dan George-isms for months afterward.

My favorite line ever: "A world without human beings has no center to it."

Great choice!

Joanna Cake said...

I love that Indian guy. He is the epitome of how I imagine one of the old chiefs, not the way they are portrayed in many Westerns. I havent seen this film before!

Brandiosa said...

What about the "death scene" in National Lampoon's Family Vacation when her aunt dies. Very funny stuff.

Karl said...

Good morning Pam,

Interesting choice, this was a good film I really liked it.

BlazngScarlet said...

Fantastic film!
I too enjoyed the perspective form the Native point of view.

Wow ... I need to watch again, I haven't seen it in ages!

Milk River Madman said...

I haven't seen this in ever. I remember seeing this when I was little little. My brother has been to the battle sight many times but I've never stopped. Its about 200 miles from me. Family legend has it that my great-great grandfather was a scout for Custer and watched the battle with some Crow scouts and later that is how we ended in Montana. Chief Dan George was the shit by the way. used to go to movies just because he was in them. Happy MCW and a great choice.

Buzz Kill said...

Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't. I use that line all the time with the kids. I think this was Hoffman's best film. And Chief Dan George is probably the best Indian actor of his time. He was great in the Outlaw Josey Wales too. It was almost a great death.

Happy MCW!

Aunty Belle said...

Wow--was Hoffman ever that yung?

This was hilarious. Never saw the movie, so now--Uncle will be pleased it's a guy movie.

Pam said...

Boxie: Glad you enjoyed the scene and thanks for MCW, it is lots of fun.

Trolly: Lots of humor in this movie. Ineed to watch it start to finish.

Moi: I caught a few scenes of it last week which is probably why it was on my mind.

Joanna: The Chief is fabulous. And the movie is a lesson in the old west and probably more how it really happened.

Brandi: That would be a FANASTIC scene to have posted. You should play next week. Look up Boxer's page, she is the host.

Karl: Thanks :)

Scarlet: I feel the same way - need to watch start to finish and enjoy that 60's and 70's vibe thing all over again.

Milky: Okay dude, you MUST go to visit the battle site. And actually you threw me for a minute because the battle I think of with this movie is the Wa-shi-ta river battle, which is, guess where, OKLAHOMA. Grrhahaha. I have been there. You NOT visiting Custer's Last STand is equal to my husband driving by Stonehenge but never stopping. You must do it.

Buzzy: I'm sure your kids have great wisdom from Chief Dan Buzzy and it will serve them well later in life.

Aunty: Yep, rent that movie for Uncle and ya'll sit back and enjoy. I think Hoffman did this movie right after The Graduate or thereabouts. He is young here for sure.