Dances with Wolves Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for Dances with Wolves the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 2 reviews

The story of a U.S. Army soldier, circa 1870, whose heroism in battle allows him his pick of posts. His choice, to see the West before it disappears, changes his life. He meets, understands and eventually becomes a member of a Lakota Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. Costner's first directorial attempt proves him a talent of vision and intelligence. This sometimes too objective movie lacks a sense of definitive character, undermining its gorgeous scenery and interesting perspective on the plight of Native Americans. Lovely music and epic proportions. Adapted by Blake from his novel.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 181 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Native America, Going Native, Top Grossing Films of 1990
Michael Blake
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket, Maury Chaykin, Jimmy Herman, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Wes Studi
Dean Semler
Kevin Costner
John Barry
Orion Pictures, TIG Productions, Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson


Oscars 1990: Adapt. Screenplay, Cinematog., Director (Costner), Film Editing, Picture, Sound, Orig. Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; Directors Guild 1990: Director (Costner); Golden Globes 1991: Director (Costner), Film--Drama, Screenplay; Natl. Bd. of Review 1990: Director (Costner); Writers Guild 1990: Adapt. Screenplay.

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