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Dances With Wolves, American epic western film, released in 1990, that was directed by and starred Kevin Costner and won widespread admiration as well as seven Academy Awards, including that for best picture. It also received the Golden Globe Award for best drama.

After an apparently heroic act during a Civil War battle in Tennessee, Union army Lieutenant John Dunbar (played by Costner) is offered his choice of posting, and he requests to be sent to the western frontier. He is transferred first to Fort Hays in Kansas, where the unhinged Major Fambrough (Maury Chaykin) assigns him to the army’s most distant outpost, Fort Sedgewick. When Dunbar arrives at the post, he is surprised to find it deserted and in disrepair, but he chooses to stay nonetheless. He sets about restoring the fort, and he keeps a journal of his experiences and activities. A wolf with two white feet begins frequenting the post, and Dunbar, dubbing the wolf Two Socks, attempts to tame it.

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One day Dunbar returns from bathing in the river to find a Sioux man, Kicking Bird (Graham Greene), trying to steal his horse. Dunbar chases Kicking Bird away. Later, the Sioux warrior Wind In His Hair (Rodney A. Grant) leads a group to try again to steal the horse. Dunbar then decides to visit the Sioux village. On his way he comes across a white woman in Sioux clothing who is bleeding badly, and he brings her to the Sioux. The Indians are wary of Dunbar, but Kicking Bird persuades them not to attack him. The village chief, Ten Bears (Floyd Red Crow Westerman), enjoins Kicking Bird and Wind In His Hair to learn more about Dunbar, and a series of increasingly friendly visits and gift exchanges ensue. Eventually the white woman, Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), who was rescued and adopted as a small child by Kicking Bird after her family was killed in a Pawnee raid, begins to act as a translator.

When Dunbar is awakened one day by a buffalo stampede, he notifies the Sioux and joins them in a successful buffalo hunt, and he celebrates with them afterward. Dunbar is later offered a home with the Sioux, and he is given the name Dances With Wolves. Over time, he and Stands With A Fist begin to fall in love. When a Pawnee war party attacks the Sioux encampment, Dunbar provides the Sioux with firearms from the fort and helps them fight off the Pawnee. Afterward, Dunbar and Stands With A Fist are married.

Dunbar tells Kicking Bird that they will soon be overrun by white men, and Ten Bears decides that it would be best for the Sioux to move to their winter camp. Dunbar realizes that his journal, if found, would reveal the location of the Sioux village, and he returns to Fort Sedgewick to retrieve it. He finds the fort now occupied by U.S. soldiers, who quickly take him prisoner. He is treated as a deserter and beaten, and it is decided that he should be taken to Fort Hays and hanged. However, Wind In His Hair leads a war party against the military convoy transporting Dunbar and rescues him. When they reach the Sioux winter camp, Dunbar tells them that the military will continue to search for him and that he can keep the Sioux safe only by leaving. He and Stands With A Fist ride away, and Wind In His Hair calls out that he will always be a friend of Dances With Wolves.

The three-hour-long film was beautifully photographed in South Dakota. Dances With Wolves was noted for incorporating the advisory assistance of Native Americans and for the use of the Lakota language (subtitled in English) for much of the dialogue. Lakota instructor Doris Leader Charge provided Lakota translations for the movie and coached the actors in speaking the language. The movie began as a script idea by Michael Blake, who later turned it into a novel at Costner’s suggestion and adapted the screenplay from his novel. Dances With Wolves was selected in 2007 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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Production notes and credits

  • Studios: Tig Productions, Majestic Films International, and Allied Filmmakers

  • Director: Kevin Costner

  • Music: John Barry

  • Cinematographer: Dean Semler


  • Kevin Costner (Lieutenant John Dunbar/Dances With Wolves)

  • Mary McDonnell (Stands With A Fist)

  • Graham Greene (Kicking Bird)

  • Rodney A. Grant (Wind In His Hair)

  • Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Ten Bears)

Academy Award nominations (* denotes win)

  • Picture*

  • Lead actor (Kevin Costner)

  • Supporting actor (Graham Greene)

  • Supporting actress (Mary McDonnell)

  • Cinematography*

  • Costume design

  • Direction*

  • Editing*

  • Music*

  • Sound*

  • Writing (screenplay)*

Patricia Bauer

'Dances With Wolves,' Irons, Bates Win Oscars : Academy Awards: Costner is best director; his film takes 7 prizes.

Goldberg, Pesci honored in support roles.

Kevin Costner proved his critics wrong, and Oscar prognosticators right, Monday night when “Dances With Wolves,” his epic ode to a West long gone, won seven Academy Awards, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay.

Costner--who directed himself as an idealistic cavalry officer whose solitary life at a frontier outpost is interrupted, and forever transformed, when he encounters members of a tribe of Lakota Sioux--was passed over as best actor.

That honor went to Jeremy Irons, who portrayed sinister Klaus Von Bulow in “Reversal of Fortune.”

Kathy Bates was named best actress as the obsessed fan in “Misery.”

Whoopi Goldberg and Joe Pesci garnered Oscars for their supporting roles.

“Dances With Wolves,” which had 12 nominations, was widely viewed as the evening’s front-runner. Just a year ago, Hollywood skeptics--convinced that Costner had a flop the size of “Heaven’s Gate” on his hands--had tagged his three-hour directorial debut “Kevin’s Gate.

Instead, “Dances With Wolves” became the first Western since “Cimarron” in 1931 to be named best picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during its 63rd annual awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium.

“It’s very easy for people to trivialize what we do, (saying) that if it’s such a big deal how come no one remembers last year’s winner?” Costner said as he collected the best picture statuette with producer-partner Jim Wilson. “I will never forget what happened here tonight. My family will never forget. My Native American friends will never forget.”

Irons’ performance as the aristocratic attempted murder suspect Von Bulow had been widely praised by critics and had earned him an award from the National Society of Film Critics.

The actor, whose past film credits include “Dead Ringers” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,”’ reserved one of his thank-you’s for his co-star, Glenn Close, “for finally persuading me to do it.” After thanking the academy, Bates said she had been “waiting a long time to say that! I’d like to thank (co-star) Jimmy Caan and to apologize publicly for the ankles,” referring to the chilling scene in which she breaks the ankles of Caan’s fiction writer character with a sledgehammer.

Best known for her stage work, Bates’ Broadway credits include “ ‘Night, Mother,” “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” and “Fifth of July.”

Paramount’s surprise hit, “Ghost,” came away with two awards, for Bruce Joel Rubin’s original screenplay and Goldberg’s supporting role as Oda Mae Brown, a quack psychic who comes to the aid of two young lovers, one of them deceased.

Goldberg was the first black woman to win an Oscar since 1939, when Hattie McDaniel won for her supporting role as Scarlett O’Hara’s “Mammy” in “Gone With the Wind.”

The odds-on favorite going into the night, Goldberg choked back tears as she told the academy members and a worldwide television audience:

“I come from New York. When I was a little kid, I lived in the projects. You’re the people I watched; the people I wanted to be. I’m proud to be an actor.”

Goldberg, who started her career as a stand-up comic, had been nominated once before--for her 1985 debut in “The Color Purple.

Since then, her screen record has been mixed, with lead roles in such films as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Fatal Beauty,” “Clara’s Heart,” and “Homer and Eddie.”

In what was widely considered to be the most competitive acting category of the evening, the best supporting actor Oscar went to Pesci for his portrayal of a menacingly volatile gangster in Martin Scorsese’s “GoodFellas.”

When Pesci collected his gold-plated statuette, he left behind only five words: “It’s my privilege. Thank you.”

Pesci, who also appeared as a bungling burglar in “Home Alone” and the kinetic accountant in “Lethal Weapon 2,” last received an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Raging Bull"--another film in which he worked with Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro.

“The Godfather, Part III,” which Paramount executives had tried to get off the ground for the better part of two decades, had received seven nominations, but director Francis Coppola left the ceremonies empty-handed, as did the filmmakers behind another best picture nominee, “Awakenings.

Warren Beatty’s comic book-turned-movie, “Dick Tracy,” was honored in the technical categories of makeup and art direction, and for best original song.

The 3-hour, 27-minute show--produced by TV and film director Gilbert Cates and broadcast live on ABC--brought comic actor Billy Crystal back for a second time as host.

As he did last year, Crystal spiced his opening monologue with biting, inside-Hollywood humor.

“We’re thankful tonight that no Americans are fighting anywhere--except at Paramount,” he joked in a reference to ousted chairman Frank Mancuso’s $45-million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.

In the wake of the Persian Gulf War, security was tight at the Shrine Auditorium, where the show returned this year after a hiatus at the newer, but smaller, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.

The Shrine had been checked by teams of bomb-sniffing dogs, and the 6,000 formally dressed guests were guided through metal detectors before entering.

Following the theme “100 Years of Film,” Monday night’s show opened with a satellite hookup of actor Michael Caine in the Paris theater where the first moving picture was shown, followed by film clips in which dancers spilled off the screen and onto the stage.

The show included special tributes to actresses Myrna Loy and Sophia Loren.

The special Irving Thalberg Award went to Richard Zanuck and David Brown, who together produced such films as “Jaws, “The Sting,” “Cocoon,” and “The Verdict.”

“Dances With Wolves,” with more than $130 million in ticket sales so far, is one of those films that studio executives all over Hollywood are kicking themselves for not producing. When Costner was looking for financing, there was not much interest in a marathon-length Western, featuring many unknown actors speaking in subtitled Lakota Sioux dialect.

“It’s a dumb first movie,” Costner told The Times last fall, before the film had opened. “Full of kids, animals, first-time actors speaking in a foreign language. A period piece on top of that.

“My friends are afraid I’m going to be eaten up. . . . But I don’t care what Hollywood thinks. You can underline that.”

Costner wanted complete creative control of the film, so he bypassed the major studios. He even had trouble generating interest among independents. In order to get it produced, Costner had to defer his own salary and raise the first 40% of the film’s $18.5 million through independent sources overseas. Orion Pictures later agreed to finance the rest of the movie.

Shooting on the South Dakota frontier involved a cast of 500--including 48 speaking roles and parts for 150 Civil War soldiers and 175 Sioux--and a herd of buffalo that did not always cooperate with the director. The film, however, managed to sweep the technical filmmaking categories, earning Oscars for cinematography, film editing, original score and sound.

Blake, who just a few years ago was washing dishes and sleeping on friends’ sofas, won the Oscar for his screenplay based on his novel, which Costner had encouraged him to write.

“The miracle of ‘Dances With Wolves’ is that it proves this kind of dream can come true,” Blake said, as his Sioux companion translated into her native tongue. “Hold onto your dreams. Don’t let anyone take them away. Never give up.”

Costner, who is part Cherokee, majored in marketing at Cal State Fullerton, and did not even consider the acting business until his senior year.

His big break came when Lawrence Kasdan cast him as the suicide victim in “The Big Chill,” only to be almost entirely edited out of the final version.

Still, his acting career has thrived, with lead roles in “The Untouchables,” “No Way Out,” “Bull Durham,” and the sleeper hit “Field of Dreams.”

Only two actors have previously won Oscars for directing films--Robert Redford for “Ordinary People,” which also won best picture in 1980, and Warren Beatty for “Reds” in 1981.

In other categories, the Swiss film “Journey of Hope” was named best foreign language film.

The award for best feature-length documentary went to “American Dream,” in which producers Barbara Kopple and Arthur Cohn examined the lives of meatpackers on strike in the Midwest.

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Hasta 22 Oscar Winning Artists We saw in the DC movie and at least four more we'll see shortly.

A large number of Hollywood Academy Award winning actors. Before or after working on the DC adaptation, one of them even won an Oscar for playing a villain like the Joker, as did the infamous Heath Ledger.

Marlon Brando

The first Oscar-winning actor to appear in a DC adaptation was Marlon Brando Who received his first statuette in 1955 as the lead actor in The Law of Silence (On the Waterfront). and what he repeated in the same category in 1973 for The Godfather . He played Jor-El in the 1978 film Superman. .

Gene Hackman

Also featured in Superman is another two-time Oscar winner, Gene Hackman , who gave life to Lex Luthor , would have been repeated on paper in 1980 in "Superman XNUMX" and in 1987 in "Superman IV" , The Academy Award came to him in 1972 for the film "French Connections". y in 1993 for "Unforgiven" ("Without forgiveness") , as a supporting actor.

Jim Broadbent

He gave birth to Jean-Pierre Dubois in 1987's 'Superman IV' and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for Iris .

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson was the first Joker on the big screen in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman , he previously won an Oscar for best actor in 1976 for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ('One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest') now Best Supporting Actor 1984 for 'The Power of Attachment' ('Terms of Endearment'), after starring in a DC movie, he received his third Oscar at 19'98 for 'Better...impossible' ('As Good as It Gets'), again as the lead actor.

Kim Bassinger

also in "Batman" we should see Kim Basinger, who has in the shoes of Vicki Vale years later, in 1998, he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Secrets" Los Angeles .

Jack Palance

Winner Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 1992 for Urban Cowboys ("City Slickers") also appeared in "Batman" gives life to Carl Grissom .

Christopher Walken

Already in the second part of Batman ' Batman Returns ' ("Batman Returns"), we find Christopher Walken as the villain Max Shrek before I got the Oscar for Best Actor 9005 second plan in 1979 for the film "Hunter" ("The Deer Hunter").

Nicole Kidman

In Batman Forever since 1995, we see Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian In 2003, received a statuette for the life of Virginia Woolf in The Hours.

George Clooney

Winner of two Hollywood Academy Awards In 2006 as a supporting actor in Siriana and in 2013 Batman in movie 19'97 Batman and Robin. ("Batman and Robin").

Halle Berry

Although it earned him the Razzie Award for Worst Actress of the Year, starring in the 2004 Catwoman movie , years before he proved his worth with Monster's Ball led her to an Academy Award in 2002. .

Rachel Weisz

In 2005 Rachel Weisz played Angela Dodson in the film adaptation of 'Constantine' , a year later he got a Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener (The Constant Gardener)

Tilda Swinton

Won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton in 2008. before he played Gabrielle in the tape 'Konstantin' .

Christian Bale

Batman from Christopher Nolan's trilogy on The Dark Knight that gave life to Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. in Batman Begins an 2005, in The Dark Knight (The Dark Knight) in 2008 and in The Dark Knight Rises (The Dark Knight Rises) in 2012 was awarded Hollywood Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 2011 in The Fighter .

Michael Caine

Double Oscar Winner , in 1987 Hanna and Her Sisters ' ('Hanna and Her Sisters') and in 2000 for The Cider House Rules. ("Cider Making Rules"), both times minor, was the butler. Alfred from The Dark Knight Trilogy Christopher Nolan.

Morgan Freeman

And if Michael Caine played Alfred in the Nolan trilogy, Morgan Freeman takes on the role of another Batman sidekick, Lucius Fox. , in the same three films. Actor awarded statuette Best Supporting Actor 2005 in Million Dollar Baby .

Kevin Spacey

Oscar Winner Best Supporting Actor 1996 for The Usual Suspects ('The Usual Suspects') now Best Actor 2000 for American Beauty gave life Lex Luthor in 'Superman Returns' from 2006.

Eva Marie Saint

He played Martha Kent , the adoptive mother in Superman Land and in the 2006 film Superman Returns , over half a century ago, In 1955, she received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Law of Silence. ('On the embankment').

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger is the only actor to win an Oscar for his role in the DC adaptation of , he did so, sadly posthumously in 2009, for playing J Oker in The Dark Knight ( The Dark Knight ').

Tim Robbins

He put himself in the place of the villain Hammond in 2011's Green Lantern ("Green Lantern"), but he previously won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for Mystic River .

Marion Cotillard

Winner Oscar for best actress for the life of Edith Piaf in the film » Life in pink '('La Môme') in 2008 he put himself in the place of enigmatic character from the film 2012 The Dark Knight Rises , the third and final installment in the Batman trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan.

Anne Hathaway

Also in 2012 and in 'The Dark Knight Rises' we see Anne Hathaway who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Les Misérables the following year . ("Forsaken").

Russell Crowe

Winner Best Actor Oscar 2001 for "Beautiful Mind" ('Beautiful Mind'), gives life to Jor-El , Superman's biological father in Man of Steel , a role already played by two-time Oscar winner Marlon Brando in 1978.

Kevin Costner

And if the role of Superman's biological father in Man of Steel is meant for an Oscar winner, then the role of his adoptive father on Earth cannot be less than that of a two-time Oscar winner. Kevin Costner, statuette as producer and statuette as director of Dances with Wolves ('Dances with Wolves') played by Jonathan Kent .

Ben Affleck

Soon we will see the winner of two Oscars. Ben Affleck as the new Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . Statues were received and in 1998 as a screenwriter in the film "Indomitable Will Hunting". ('It will be a good hunt') and as a producer of Argo in 2013 .

Holly Hunter

Coming soon also in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to Oscar for Best Actress for The Piano ('The Piano') in 1994.

Jeremy Irons

Al Best Actor Oscar for 'Von Bulow's Mystery' ('Reversal a Fortune') in 1991 we can see it soon as Alfred , Bruce Wayne's Butler in

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" .

Jared Leto

Suicide Squad we will soon see Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014 as the new Joker .

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.. What is Dances with Wolves?

Dances with Wolves is a historical drama film. The premiere took place on October 19, 1990 in Washington. Director and lead actor Kevin Costner worked on the film for over five years. Most of the dialogue in the film is in the Lakota language, a dialect of the American Indian Sioux, and is accompanied by subtitles. At the time of the film's release, this technique was unusual.


  • 1 Taglines
  • 2 Plot
  • 3 Cast
  • 4 Fees
  • 5 Prizes and awards
  • 6 Interesting facts
  • 7 Links


  • Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered. (Everyone has a border waiting to be discovered.)
  • Lieutenant John Dunbar is about to discover the frontier…within himself. (Lieutenant John Dunbar goes in search of the frontier... himself...)


The film takes place in the USA during the Civil War. US Army Lieutenant John Dunbar, after being wounded in battle, asks to be transferred to a new duty station closer to the western border of the United States. The place of his service is a remote small fort. Dunbar's partner died in a skirmish with the Indians, and the immediate commander committed suicide. No one knows that Dunbar is left alone in the fort and must survive in the harsh environment and in the neighborhood of the inhospitable native inhabitants of North America.

Dunbar encounters a nomadic Sioux tribe. At first, the white man and the Indians are separated by a barrier of language and culture. But gradually they begin to find a common language. The tribe has a white woman named Standing with a fist who helps him get closer. Dunbar is attracted to the Indians, to their closeness to nature, to their original way of life and thoughts. He makes friends - the leader of the tribe Ten Bears and the warrior Wind in his hair . The Indians, as usual, give a name to a person according to some memorable episode from life. Once they saw that Dunbar was playing with his tame wolf, and then he got his own name - Dances with Wolves . After helping the tribe find a herd of bison , Dances with Wolves becomes a full-fledged member of the tribe.

But the former life and Western civilization constantly remind of themselves. Dances with Wolves and his wife, Standing with a Fist, must make a decision - to go back or stay with the tribe.


  • Kevin Costner - Lieutenant John Dunbar/Dances with Wolves
  • Mary McDonnell - Standing with a fist
  • Graham Green - Beating Bird
  • Rodney Grant - Wind in your hair
  • Floyd Westerman - Chief Ten Bears

box office

The film was released in the USA on November 21, 1990. Dances with Wolves was extremely popular, grossing $184 million in the United States and $424 million worldwide.

Prizes and awards

Dances with Wolves received the most prestigious awards and entered the gold fund of world cinema. At the 63rd Academy Awards on March 25, 1991 years in Los Angeles (USA), the film was nominated in twelve categories, seven of which it won. The film won the most prestigious nomination and was recognized as the best film of 1990.


  • Academy Award for Best Picture , 1990 - Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner
  • Academy Award for Best Director, 1990 - Kevin Costner
  • Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, 1990 - Michael Blake
  • Academy Award for Best Cinematography, 1990 - Dean Semler
  • Academy Award for Best Editing, 1990 - Neil Travis
  • Academy Award for Best Sound, 1990 - Russell Williams II, Geoffrey Perkins, Bill W. Benton and Gregory H. Watkins
  • Academy Award for Best Music for a Motion Picture, 1990 - John Barry
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama, 1990 - Kevin Costner (director) and Jim Wilson (producer)
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Director, 1990 - Kevin Costner
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, 1990 - Michael Blake
  • Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Outstanding Individual Achievement - Kevin Costner - Producer/Director/Director
  • Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for Motion Picture or Television, 1992 - John Barry
  • National Board of Film Critics Awards for Best Film and Best Director, 1990
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Based on Another Source, 1991 - Michael Blake
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Contribution, 1991


  • Nominated for Best Actor - Kevin Costner
  • Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - Graham Greene
  • Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress - Mary McDonnell
  • Nominated for Academy Award for Best Production Design - Geoffrey Beecraft and Lisa Dean
  • Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design - Elisa Zamparelli
  • Nominated for 9 British Academy Film Awards
  • Nominated for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival
  • Nominated for the César Award for Best Foreign Film
  • Golden Globe Nominated for Original Music (John Barry), Actor in a Drama (Kevin Costner), Supporting Actress (Mary McDonnell)


Dances with Wolves is in the following AFI ratings:

  • 1998 AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies #75
  • 2006 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Cheers #59

Interesting Facts

The film is singled out for its life-like depiction of Native Americans, which is very different from the typical Hollywood clichés that depict Indians as either "noble men" or "bloodthirsty bastards.

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