While watching a television show titled Little People, Big World I got to wondering how many midgets are working in Hollywood. How many of their roles were actually any good? What I thought would be any easy list to churn out was a lot harder to compile than it should have been.
Criteria: No Christmas movies (that would be too easy); Midget(s) in major role or important to overall movie experience; Can’t be something other than a person (no form altering costumes, i.e. Ewoks, R2-D2); Same midget can’t be used twice.
|10||Jackass: The Movie
Midget: Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuà±a
Initially, I wasn’t convinced I should add this to the list. It’s really just a compilation of crazy stunts from the television show. But then I remembered that fat guy chasing Wee Man around on city streets and I laughed. Every time I see that sketch I crack-up; this movie wouldn’t be the same without him.
|9||The Man with the Golden Gun
Midget: Hervé Villechaize
Every Bond film has a memorable villain with a henchman. This one had Scaramanga along with his small pal Nick Nack. It’s not the best Bond Movie ever made, but it is the only one with a midget causing people grief!
Midget: Warwick Davis
This is probably the best action-fantasy movie in which a dwarf plays the lead role. My first inclination was to add him due to his role in Leprechaun, but then I remembered how bad that movie was (I’m amazed there are 5 sequels to it)! Willow is a must see for all D&D fans.
Midget: Harry Earles
Exploitation film at its finest. It’s about circus freaks and other carnie folk. Can there be a better combination? Hell no, since the movie is 75 years old and still banned in Sweden!
|6||Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Midget: Angelo Rossitto
He was the tiny guy (The Master) sitting on the shoulders of The Blaster. They turned pig shit to power for Bartertown. This would be the best of the Mad Max series if it weren’t for the casting of Tina Turner.
|5||The Wizard of Oz
Does this movie require a description? If you haven’t seen it, then you just need to get sucked into a tornado. It’s a classic that everyone should see at least once.
From the warped minds of Monty Python. Only these guys could envision a movie about little guys jumping to different periods in time (with a stolen time/space map) to steal stuff and cause general havoc. A very funny movie.
Midget: Zelda Rubinstein
This movie scaried the shit out of me when I was a kid. Adding this spooky midget to clear the house of poltergeists and retrieve the little girl from the other side was pure genius. She was more frightening than the ghosts!
|2||Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Here is another movie that doesn’t require a description. These little green and orange dudes gave me nightmares for weeks (even though they weren’t supposed to be scary). References to this movie can be found everywhere (Wonka candy, Veruca Salt, etc.). One of Gene Wilder’s crowning achievements.
|1||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Midget: Verne Troyer
Mini Me. Those two words just bring a smile to my face. This is single handedly the funniest movie ever made that stars a midget. Pure comic genius.
I know, you’re going to tell me that I’ve missed several hundred movies with small folk in them. Why not clue me in? I need something to waste my Netflix subscription on.
July 10, 2007 @ 1:30 pm tiny tim
July 10, 2007 @ 2:06 pm Techsplorer
See, I can add (a reference to your Spam Protection, in case you’ve been using it so long you forgot what you’ve set up). Okay, enough rambling.
First time commenter here (obviously, or I’d know how long you’d been asking folks simple math questions), and I wanted to list two you might want to get from Netflix: Under The Rainbow (with Chevy Chase, the truly excellent Billy Barty, and many more little people) and Foul Play (again with Chevy and Billy; do I detect a trend here?), and
July 10, 2007 @ 5:26 pm Andy
What about Leprechaun? Or better yet, Leprechaun in the Hood?
July 10, 2007 @ 5:27 pm Andy
Oops, didn’t see Warwick Davis already on the list. I’m dumb.
July 11, 2007 @ 6:01 pm Jan Ice
What about Beetlejuice from Bubble Boy? He’s a freaky little guy that’s hard to forget.
January 21, 2014 @ 8:26 am pezza init
mate u iz da shiz
July 12, 2007 @ 11:58 am blogcabins
Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent would have to be my only addition, as Elf is not allowed.
July 12, 2007 @ 3:21 pm Frank Wolk
Would Danny DeVito be considered a dwarf? If so, there are plenty of movies to pick from to add to this list.
July 15, 2007 @ 10:18 am stubsy
Lord of the rings should be number 1 I reckon they had a dwarf
July 15, 2007 @ 10:52 am sasori
I am not familiar with those movies. I’ll have to rent them. I’m not the biggest Chevy Chase fan . . .
I didn’t see that movie either. Did it have a full theatrical release?
Nope. He’s just very short and squat.
I had initially put this movie in the list. While I’m sure there are a few dwarves running around in it, I had to remove it because all the main characters are normal sized people made to look small with baggy clothing and camera trickery.
July 21, 2007 @ 6:47 am Skinny
How about “Twin Peaks”? That little guy talking backwards gave me a lot of nightmares…
(I just checked, he appears in the “Twin Peaks” movie as well, not only the series.)
July 22, 2007 @ 9:58 pm darkbhudda
Terror of Tiny Town. All midget western.
For Yu’r Height Only. A Filipino James Bond style movie where the lead is a midget.
July 24, 2007 @ 3:44 pm sasori
I didn’t realize there was a Twin Peaks theatrical release. I thought it was just a television series.
I has actually thought of Terror of Tiny Town. I didn’t see it so I wasn’t sure whether I needed to take it seriously (more of just a parody kind of film). I’ve never heard of For Yu’r Height Only, so I never considered it.
July 24, 2007 @ 4:37 pm Techsplorer
The Twin Peaks theatrical release was called, if I remember correctly, Fire Walk With Me. I really wanted to see that until I talked to people who had.
November 6, 2007 @ 1:15 pm Atomic Popcorn
Willow was an AWESOME film !
November 6, 2007 @ 4:35 pm Stefanie
Exploitation or not, now I’m dying to see Freaks. I’m a horrible person.
January 25, 2008 @ 3:56 pm David
station agent is a must, as is under the rainbow.
consider Return of the Jedi (though they’re all wearing ewok costumes) for the simple volume of it. work for a tremendous number of folks with dwarfism.
snow white, if you like animation. :D
March 16, 2008 @ 1:33 pm phil
I noticed your midget film round up
you missed out.
Freaks ( 1932)
Little Cigars (1973)
Foul Play (1978)
FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY (1980)
March 16, 2008 @ 2:22 pm Phntmbanana
well I happen to see freaks as 7
March 16, 2008 @ 2:36 pm phil
But i bet you didnt think of
For Your Height Only as it is truly amazing bit of rubbish
its a james bond midget film, But instead of 007 its 00
March 16, 2008 @ 2:38 pm phil
Oh yeah i forget also
terror of tiny town, which is a all midget cast western, If you take away the jokes that they can walk under the saloon doors etc, It has a very good plot line
December 3, 2008 @ 12:43 am tr
Midget is an outdated term that the community considers offense. they prefer Little People or Dwarf. Also: I am not sure the woman in Poltergeist is a Dwarf. I think she might just be really really short.
May 25, 2009 @ 5:53 am Britt
There was an all-midget fraternity in American Pie: The Naked Mile
December 18, 2009 @ 9:13 am steev
I’m suprised nobody has mentioned Werner Herzog’s 1970 classic, Even Dwarfs Started Small, about a gang of little people that take over an institution on an island and generally run amok.
December 18, 2009 @ 9:16 am steev
…oh, and surely a notable mention should go to the red raincoat-wearing dwarf doppelganger in Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now?
February 2, 2012 @ 7:53 pm Elizabeth
For your little people film list, you have forgotten Peter Dinklage, in The Station Agent, various episodes of Nip/Tuck, Elf, etc.
November 16, 2012 @ 8:11 am anon4cec
A new addition, Peter Dinklage.
February 20, 2013 @ 2:26 am Dave
Hey, who remembers that 1950?s movie with a swarm of midgets fighting the overwhelmed big bad buys inside a castle in the last fight scene of that movie. They were swinging from the chandlers, etc. It was a riot to watch. It was one of those Saturday matinee movies (two shows for a quarter). I’d love to find that one, but I need the name of it.
April 13, 2013 @ 4:16 am Vérité
The Court Jester
February 27, 2013 @ 9:13 pm Jaxon Film Fest
One movie I don’t see here, a classic was Terror in Tiny Town. It is the only western with an all little people cast.
Here are several others that I know of
The Red Dwarf
The Sinful Dwarf (1973)
Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf
7 Dwarves (2004)
Time Bandits (1981)
The Paul Mesner Puppets: Rumplestilltskin (2005)
The Devil Within Her (1975)
Simon Birch (1998)
Leprechaun 3 (1995)
The Bride (1985)
Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay (1971)
Prophecies of the Passion (2005)
Tomboy Commando (2003)
Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1993)
Although several of these are questionable, they all employ little people as actors.
June 26, 2016 @ 9:27 am bleu ballon
little people are gods way of having fun
November 3, 2016 @ 9:48 pm arepicant
I LOVE THE FIRST PICTURE!!! THAT guy is my hero! Try asking if that guy cares what you think!
November 28, 2016 @ 3:11 pm Linda Jewell
I am looking for a movie that stars little people. As the movie gos the LP are going to Hollywood to become munchkins on the Wiz of OZ.It starts out on a farm with one of the LP can’t remember his name but he going to Hollywood to be one of the munchkins. I thought it was Under the Rainbow but I don’t think it is .