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Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Western  |  21 November 1990 (USA)
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Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.



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Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Lt. John Dunbar is about to discover the frontier...within himself. See more »


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21 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danza con lobos  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$184,208,848 (USA)

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In the skinned buffalo scene, Fake animals made of paper were used and looked very realistic. A passerby called the police during filming and they showed up with guns drawn ready to arrest the crew for poaching. After some explanations, the cops left laughing. See more »


After Dunbar discovers Stands With A Fist far from her tribe, who is bleeding profusely from having accidentally cut her thigh too deeply in a widow's ritual, he loads her onto his horse and takes her back to her encampment. Upon arrival, while confronted by her people who view him as an interloper, he unloads her from his horse. Wind In His Hairs strides forward to retrieve her, grabbing her by the hand and dragging her unconscious body away from Dunbar. The problem here is that in a quick shot of the dragging sequence, you can see Stands With A Fist grasping onto Wind In His Hair's hand while he pulls her along - something she would not be able to do considering her current state of unconsciousness due to blood loss. See more »


John Dunbar: [to his army captors who are interrogating him, in Lakota] My name is Dances with Wolves. I have nothing to say to you. You are not worth talking to.
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16 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What the heck are people thinking! There are way too many Costner bashers on the internet. This was a revolutionary motion picture at its time, never has a story about the American indians ever been told with such emotion and grace. What a sham. For the record Costner is not that bad of an actor.


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