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The Education of Little Tree ( L'éducation de Little Tree )

Graham Greene , James Cromwell , Richard Friedenberg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Graham Greene, James Cromwell, Tantoo Cardinal, Joseph Ashton, Joshua
  • Directors: Richard Friedenberg
  • Producers: The Education of Little Tree ( L'éducation de Little Tree ), The Education of Little Tree, L'éducation de Little Tree
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 111.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TN5DHK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Italy released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Surround ), German ( Dolby Surround ), Italian ( Dolby Surround ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hebrew ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Icelandic ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Romanian ( Subtitles ), Serbian ( Subtitles ), Slovenian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Eight year old Little Tree lives in depression-era America. After his parents pass away, he goes to live with his grandparents in the rugged country side. There he is taught by them, as well as by Willow John, the Cherokee way of life. The history of how the Caucasians settlers first befriended them, then using the army forcibly took over their lands, forced them to re-locate resulting in many deaths. When the state's social services finds out that Little Tree is not attending school and is assisting his grandfather in selling liquor, they compel him to re-locate to an oppressive Catholic school, where things take a turn for the worse. ...The Education of Little Tree ( L'éducation de Little Tree )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking story 25 Oct 2007
By Ruach
This film seems to be set in depression era America and is the story of a young orphaned half-white, half-cherokee boy called Little Tree who goes to live with his grandparents in their rural mountain cabin.

Here he learns of his Cherokee heritage, and due to the interference of the authorities, is sent off to Notch Gap Indian school where he is incarcerated, until his grandfather rescues him. This film highlights the racist policies of the US administration in full swing with the segregation of the indian population from mainstream life.

However, this is not a sad or depressing film, there is a good storyline and the acting is excellent. It will appeal to children and adults alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living the simple life..... 15 Jan 2006
A film about the salvation of an orphan by an old indian couple who teach the ways of nature in a romaticised mountain setting is inevitably going to be schmaltzy and over-sugared, BUT, if you give the film a chance it manages to be both moving and honest. The story is taken from Forest Carter's book of the same title and if you are interested in the theme I would reccomend the book over the film, but this is really a very positive and interesting film - well worth viewing.
A certain amount of controversy surrounds Forest Carter himself which makes the back-story all the more intriguing - probably best to investigate that after reading the book or seeing the film.....
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Movie With Heart 19 Feb 2004
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As a Native American I am well aware of all the blatant stereotyping out there. What I like about this movie is the underlayment of good values. Yes, there is the moonshining, and it was illegal and booze has definitely had a detrimental effect on all races of people. However, this just showed that people during those times were really scrapping to keep their lives going. The Grandparents were not sitting around drinking. As with Casinos, they were selling their product to Dominant culture people. No, I am not a drinker and I teach abstinance.A perfect moment if parents are watching with their kids(as they should), to field children's thoughts about it. Do some teaching.
I wonder how many people know that during the Depression when other races of people were just hungry and homeless, Indian peoples across America- some people literally starved to death. On the bottom economically. Only 75 years ago! In our country?
The connection of the people to the land and nature was very evident, but, understated, and they were not stereotyped as turning into mystical beings, but, rather, being one with the beauty around them- poor but rooted there. My humble Grandparents also took me to rock ledges and the woods to pray. Showed reverence for all living things.
Someone has mentioned that characters were stereotyped as typical of mountain people. I would like to say that one of the reasons I like this movie is that I was very moved by the way a filmmaker set down scenes and family interractions that I experienced. There are people still alive who I have known well, who are good nurturing souls like the Grandparents and John Willow. Even now, in Hollers and on country cowpaths, there are folks like these, believe me. So much hurt and antifamily abuse came out of so many Indians going off to Indian boarding schools. But, here and there, and where I am from, there are pockets of country Indians, registered tribal people, living in harmony. Holding us together.
Could have been my grandma's cabin,inside and out, or my adopted Dad and Mom. There was much good said in this movie, and implied, about traditional values of kindness and caring. About family, friends, and how if an Indian child does not have relatives, they are given relatives and taken care of. The Ongoing, the future of the community. Closeness to the land.

I marvel that the author of the book from which this movie is loosely adapted, had dubious racial ties. I do not support the KKK in anyway, but, the movie reflects the moviemakers,not the book author, and I do not believe that people like American Indian stars Tantoo Cardinal and Graham Greene would have supported a movie that they did not find worthy. Blessings and Balance.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a heart warming movie that is a must to be seen! 13 Sep 1999
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Despite the fact that the book on which the movie was based was a fraud (sold as an autobiography, which it wasn't), this movie was wonderfully done. Growing up in the East TN and Southwest Virginia mountains with a Scotch/Irish Grandpa and a part Cherokee Grandma, I saw a lot of our family in this movie. It is true to the depression era of East Tennessee (and yes, a lot of children participated in moonshining). I highly recommend the movie to everyone. It's a shame that movies like this have to be made in Canada, but other than "Smoke Signals" so far all the truer stories of Native American People are. Maybe one day our country will accept our heritage and do this.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Warm 22 Jan 2005
By Groovy Great One - Published on
The Education of Little Tree is one of the best keeper movies I have had the pleasure of watching in years. My 18 year old son watched it 3 times in 2 days. My best friend loved it, and cried during some of the touching scenes. The few places where there are curse words used are unfortunate, as there are families who would completely enjoy this movie, but won't buy it because of a few words. I have native ancestry and thought this movie was respectful to my background. This movie left me warm and wanting more of the same.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 11 Mar 2006
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
These days I watch the first scenes of a DVD rather cautiously, waiting to see if I'll get hooked. To my surprise, this DVD was totally absorbing: the beauty of the countryside and the even-handed portrayal of story and characters.

I actually liked the way the child got involved in the moonshining action, showing how it's hard to define activities as "good" or "bad." Many citizens believe the moonshine laws did more harm than good, like the war on drugs today.

I also liked the way the movie gave us an ending that was satisfying but not sugary. Bad things happen. The child was learning to differentiate between nature's cruelty and invented human cruelty.

And I don't think the whites were stereotyped as bad. The grandfather and his fellow moonshiners were a great bunch. The church scene was a little extreme but offered some much-needed comic relief.

Why four stars and not five? After watching the video, I learned the author's story, and I felt a little cheated. But after reading reviews by native Americans and Cherokees, it's reassuring to know the film managed to tell an accurate story. When I lived in Alaska, I heard many horror stories about the way governmet treated Native Americans. No surprises on that score.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Education of Little Tree 23 Aug 2001
By Karen J VanZalen - Published on
I am buying this video for my 8 yr old grandson. He needs to know this factual part of U.S. history, but there are many other lessons to be learned from this movie. It is beautifully done, entertaining & enlightening. Each time I watch it, I am amazed by the wonderful cinematography, and also moved and inspired to search my own soul and examine my own life. I only buy movies that I can watch repeatedly and still discover something new each time. This one is a movie I could never tire of seeing. It's terrific.... "And you can have them clobbers too!"
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