Plot: Director Arthur Penn takes us on a century-long ride that expertly weaves comedy and tragedy in this moving look at the Old West that depicts the inhumane treatment of Native Americans without getting preachy. The epic tale (based on a Thomas Berger novel) is spun by Jack Crabb, who as a boy was captured and raised by Indians, thus insuring he would never fit into either the white or Native American world. Dustin Hoffman deftly portrays him from his teenage to his centenarian years as flashbacks illustrate how he became the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Perks: The supporting cast: Chief Dan George was nominated for an Oscar for his winning portrayal of Jack's adopted grandfather Old Lodge Skins, who shows that bad weather can ruin even the day you die. Also notable are Richard Mulligan as a megalomaniacal General George Custer, and Faye Dunaway as a religious married woman who urges Jack to resist temptation while bathing and kissing him.