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Dwarfs in Pop Culture

Los Angeles CityBeat: Little People's Progress
This extensive article takes a look at representations of little people in contemporary film and television, chronicles the author's efforts to have the Screen Actors Guild create an independent committee to address matters relevant to and affecting dwarf actors, and explores issues, including computer generation, that affect working dwarf actors.
(September 2004)

The Stranger: Almost Famous: My Life as a Dwarf Before and After The Station Agent. Or, my small celebrity.
Writer Erin Thompson, a little person, talks about her experiences and her reaction to the 2003 film The Station Agent, starring Peter Dinklage, in this thoughtful essay. (November 2003).

Films Involving Disabilities: Dwarfism and Dwarf Actors
Peruse a list of English language films that focus on dwarfism or use dwarf actors, and read detailed notes on the representations of little people in these films.

The Learning Channel: Little People, Big World
This reality show from the Learning Channel chronicles the Roloffs, a family comprised of both little and average-sized people. Matt Roloff, the patriarch of the family, is the former president of Little People of America, and operates a farm with his family in Oregon. The show has received critical praise for its portrayal of little people, and on the website users can take a tour of the Roloff farm, meet the family members and read answers to frequently asked questions about dwarfism.

A Selection of Films Featuring Dwarfs

*** indicates its inclusion in No Bigger Than a Minute

Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, The
Ann and Eve
April Showers

At The Circus ***
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me ***
Aysecik and the Bewitched Dwarfs in Dreamland

Bacchae, The
Bad Santa
Ballad of The Sad Café, The
Beau Brummel
Bed-Sitting Room, The

Black Bird, The
Bride, The
Bride of Chucky ***
Brood, The

Castello della Paura II
Century of Progress
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Chan in Egypt
Clown, The
Confidential Conqueror, The
Corpse Vanishes, The
Court Jester, The
Criss Cross

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Day of the Locust, The
Devil Within Her, The ***
Die Nibelungen
Don't Look Now ***
Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

Eating Raoul
Elephant Man, The
El Topo

Elephant Never Forgets, The
Escape from Atlantis
Eternal Return, The
Even Dwarfs Started Small ***
Evil Dwarf, The
Ewok Adventure, The (TV film)

Frankie Starlight ***
Freaks ***

Foul Play ***
Frankenstein (1931)
Funhouse, The
Funny Bones

Guimba the Tyrant
Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, The


Head Office
Here We Go Again
High Plains Drifter
Homicide for Three
How to Seduce a Woman
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

I Don't Want to Talk About It

If I Were King
Incendiary Blonde
Incredible Shrinking Man, The
Indian Runner, The
Island of Dr. Moreau, The (1996)
It's a Small World

Jingle All The Way
Jungle Moon Men

King Size

Little Cigars
Leprechaun (series) ***
Lucky Legs

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Man on a Tightrope
Man with the Golden Gun, The ***
Me, Myself and Irene ***
Meet John Doe
Mighty Barnum, The
Moulin Rouge
Mr. Quilp
My Gal Sal


Oh, Baby
Old Dark House, The
One In a Million ***
O'Shaughnessy's Boy

Out of Sight

Pierrot le Fou
Pocketful of Miracles
Poltergeist II
Princess of the Nile
Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The

Pygmy Island

Radioland Murders
Red Dwarf, The ***
Revenge of Frankenstien
Ride 'Em Cowboy
Roselyne and the Lions

Samson and Delilah
Saratoga Trunk ***
Scarlet Empress, The
Seven Footprints to Satan
Shadows and Fog
Ship of Fools
Show Business

Silence, The
Sin of Harold Diddlebock, The
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Smart Money
Simon Birch
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) ***
Snow White: A Tale of Terror

Star Wars (Series)
Station Agent, The ***
Superman and the Mole-Men

Tarzan the Ape Man
Terror of Tiny Town, The ***
That Obscure Object of Desire
Thing, The (From Another World)
Three Ring Circus

Three Texas Steers
Three Wise Fools
Time Bandits
Tin Drum, The
To Tell the Truth
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
Two Tickets to Broadway

Unconditional Love ***
Under the Rainbow ***
Under the Volcano
Unholy Three, The (1925)
Unholy Three, The (1930)

Valley of Gwangi
Voyage Surprise

Where's Jack?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Woman for Joe, The
Wings for the Eagle
Wishful Thinking
Wizard of Oz, The ***

Year of Living Dangerously, The