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Dances With Wolves (1990)

In 1864 one man went in search of the frontier…and found himself

Directed by:

Kevin CostnerKevin Costner

Rating: 9/10

Running Time: 173 minutes

UK Certificate: 15

On DVD

Country: United States

Kevin Costner stars as Lt John Dunbar, a Union soldier who goes on a suicidal ride after a leg injury that leads the doctors to want to amputate. Accidentally, he finds himself leading the troops to victory on the battlefield against the Confederates. As a reward, he is given the medical care he needs and allowed to choose his next posting. He opts to serve on the Western Frontier, which he wants to see before it disappears. Reporting to his new deserted post, he does not realise that the last two men who know where he is are now dead, and no relief is coming.

Alone in the middle of nowhere, with just his horse and a wild wolf for company, Dunbar starts putting his post in order when he encounters the native Lakota Sioux for the first time – they persist in trying to take his horse, with comic results. Soon he is trying to communicate, attempting to make friends with Kicking Bird (Graham Greene) and the taciturn Wind in His Hair (Rodney Grant). He saves the life of a stolen white woman living with the Sioux called Stands With a Fist (Mary McDonnell), who can speak a little English, and who eventually starts to translate his speech for the Sioux. Increasingly, Dunbar spends more time away from his post, learning about the life of his new friends, and falling in love with Stands With a Fist. However, as an Indian sympathiser his fellow soldiers view him as a traitor and will stop at nothing to track him down.

This is a film of contrasts – the damaging influences of white settlement against the beauty of the landscape, the battle between the white abuse of natural resources and the Sioux living within them, the extreme violence of war against the gentleness of Sioux love and family (and Dunbar's own nature), and the constrained life of Dunbar the soldier against the emotional freedom he gains as he becomes Dances with Wolves. Costner is outstanding as the soldier turned Indian, both touching and amusing by turns, and also demonstrates his not insignificant abilities as a director. The cinematography is outstanding, with enormous attention to detail being obvious in every frame, and the score for the film is the perfect addition that makes it complete.

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It's Got: 7 Oscars including Best Film and Best Director. Some of the most incredible scenery ever filmed.

It Needs: To avoid showing the Lakota Sioux as all good and the whites and Pawnee as nearly all bad.

DVD Extras Commentaries by Kevin Costner are comparatively rare, making this one much appreciated. Extras: Director’s commentary, Theatrical trailer, Featurette, Kevin Costner profile. DVD Extras Rating: 7/10

Alternatives:

Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Summary

This is a fine film, beautifully made, with great attention to detail. One of the outstanding films of the late 20th century, everyone should see it and enjoy it.

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43 Comments

  1. natalie
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    i thought that dances with wolves was a excerlent movie.

  2. Posted February 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Well…someone cant spell..

  3. Brandon
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    “Excerlent” HAHA.. I lvoed it

  4. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    [lvoed] What a fail =)

  5. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I DARE YOU TO CLICK MY NAME…

  6. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    im scared to..

  7. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s a new movie review… and for SOME PEOPLE it’s typing classes…

  8. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Vasp up! Im Bruno ;D

  9. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Anyone got TACOS?!

  10. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    AHAHAH oh gee, nice.

  11. helene
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    je suis helene et ce film est a chié

  12. YUTYT
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    LOUI

  13. YUTYT
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    good dar bean

  14. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    uhmm, what ever you say helene and yutyt…. =)

  15. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hey “mmm” ur a racist

  16. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    hey __, yes youare =)

  17. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    well u dont get a hug…..

  18. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    =( NO FAIR! i didn’t even get one yesturday, OR the day before. so you owe me mister.

  19. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    well thats ur loss….

  20. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    PLEASE

  21. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    depends

  22. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    ONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  23. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    IDKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
    <(^-^<) KIRBY =D!!!!!!

  24. mmm.
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    THATS MY GRANDMAS LAST NAME =p

  25. Assapopalus
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    OHHH, OK WELL BYE!!! =D

  26. Posted March 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Fine dont reply, meanie u dont get a hug!!!

  27. bibu and ste'
    Posted May 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Ce film est vraiment a chié !

  28. Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    To all the actors invovled with this movie to include kevin costner.Kevin robin hood was great,morgan freeman is one of my favorite actors.Dances with wolves put you over the top this is the best movie you ever did.You did alot of great movies, but this is by far your best work,to include all the actors that were involved with this masterpiece.I had a siberian husky that looked just like a wolve,2 blue eyes,she always watched this movie with me till I lost her 3 years ago.I’m a army musician with over 20 years in the srvice but this soundtrack by john barry is still one of my all time favorites.When I’m having a bad day or a good day this sound track is still my favorite when I go to bed at night very soothing and relaxing.Kevin you shed some light on some innocent people like the lakota nation who suffered under our government these poor people like many other native americans were mistreated by the united states government,and we as a nation should be ashamed of what we did to these people.lakota ,sioux,cheyenne,hopi,navaho they were all innocent people who should have never had there land or their way of life taken away by or ignorance.I feel for all of them.I believe they all respected mother earth and our surrondings.they were just trying to live a peacefull life.If anybody would like to contact me my email address is jamiesfox@gmail.com my great grandfather was a canadian mic mac indian.I never been out west but what I’ve seen of the black hills,and the sioux, lakota nation is very beautifull and peacefull.Anybody from these native american nations feel fre to contact me anytime my email address is jamiesfox@gmail.com

  29. george
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Bah si, Patrick est la

  30. roger
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Jackyyyyyyyyy

  31. jackie
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    hiiiii

  32. jackie
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    chui uèn gro jackie

  33. roger
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Ayoumiiie

  34. mathilde et roger
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Je suis mathilde et roger et ce film est a chier.JE TADORE HELENEEEE .Roger aussi

  35. mathilde et roger
    Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Je suis mathilde et roger et ce film est a chiéééééééééééé.JE TADORE HELENEEEE .Roger aussi

  36. llllllllllllllooooooooooollllllllllllllllllaaaaaaa
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    hoala !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    nulo .

  37. george
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    C’est a une connotation interraciale très instructive

  38. goergette
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Ce film est a chier, sinon big dedicasse a Ottoman !!! Je t’aime !

  39. Alphonse
    Posted June 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Je suis d’accord avec Georgette !!
    Pire qu’à chier :o

  40. Lanusse
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Antoine Lanusse : c’est de la merde

  41. Jean claude
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    JE VOUS BAISE TOUS BANDE DE GROS BATARD

  42. Jean claude
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Coucou nora

  43. janine
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    legaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllll………..

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