TV WORTH WATCHING:
TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET; 3/16/2013
LITTLE BIG MAN
TCM, 10 p.m. ET; 3/16/2013
It’s Dustin Hoffman night on TCM: five movies in a row, starting with this brave, touching character study from 1982. Hoffman gets due credit for transforming himself into the titular character, but I’ve always been equally impressed by how committed he is to portraying a committed actor, determined to remain true to his craft as he sees it. Also noteworthy in this movie, of course: Jessica Lange as the love interest, and Bill Murray as the comical best friend.
And then, from 1970, this Dustin Hoffman movie is an acting triumph, and an underrated gem — an epic character study of a young man (Hoffman) raised by Indians and managing to be present for many key events in American history, including Little Big Horn. Oh, and Faye Dunaway is memorable as well — especially in the bathtub scene. Later tonight, as part of TCM’s five-film Hoffman tribute: John and Mary at 12:30 a.m. ET, The Graduate at 2:15 a.m. ET and Kramer vs. Kramer at 4:15 a.m. ET.