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Kevin Costner's Oscar(R)-winning Best Picture about a Civil War soldier who finds himself as a member of the Lakota Sioux Indian tribe.

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Dances With Wolves

Kevin Costner's Oscar(R)-winning Best Picture about a Civil War soldier who finds himself as a member of the Lakota Sioux Indian tribe.

Starring: Kevin CostnerMary McDonnellGraham GreeneRodney A. GrantFloyd "Red Crow" Westerman

Director: Kevin Costner


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8. 03 h 1 min1990X-RayPG-13

Dances With Wolves chronicles the exploits of Lieutenant John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) during the Civil War after encountering and eventually being accepted by a Native American tribe.

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DeanReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2022

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Met expectancies

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At first I thought I was receiving the 20th Anniversary Release (from 2010) which had only the theater length version and an "how we made the movie accessory disk."

Unlike the the 'special' Extended Cut I already have (as blu-ray) the primary disk on this one had to be flipped over to get the rest of the movie. I get that, a blu-ray disk has 10x the space of a two-layer DVD (such as was used in this issue. All's good. Thanks!

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JessicaReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2022

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Good movie

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Got as a gift for my in-laws and they love it

Tina germainReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2022

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1 I'll watch over and over

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Enjoy watching movies

Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2022

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Great Movie

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Long movie but worth the watch

Craig KorstadReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2022

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021

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Kevin Costner goes West and discovers a new life with a Lakota tribe

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Kevin Costner plays a U. S. army officer who became almost suicidal during the Civil War. Afterwards he decides to go West to find himself. There he comes across the Sioux Indians and the story becomes one of understanding between him and a tribe. In the process Costner discovers a new life.

The first thing that stands out is that almost half the movie is in Lakota spoken by the tribe. There are other movies featuring Native Americans that include their languages but I can’t think of one that gives them as much prominence as Dances With Wolves.

Second the film embraces the tribe. It’s not just that Costner meets some of the members. They are presented as families. It shows their ceremonies, their migratory lifestyle, etc. and how the Americans were destroying their way of life. For example the tribe is excited to hear of a buffalo herd only to find some animals slaughtered by Americans for their fur.

Third there is some beautiful imagery of the West. The open plains, huge herds of buffalo and horses and more. The scene of a buffalo hunt is amazing.

I saw this movie when it came out in the theaters and loved it then. Watching it now years later it is still an all time classic.

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CachariotReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2005

5.0 out of 5 stars

Dancing at the Oscars

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The winner of 7 Academy Awards, Kevin Costner's panoramic frontier epic DANCES WITH WOLVES is a rich and masterful blend of scenery, story, culture, personality, and friendship.

Following an act of interpreted bravery in the Civil War, Lt. John Dunbar is restationed to a deserted and delapidated Army fort, somewhere in the vast expanse of the unsettled Dakotas. He soon encounters a local tribe of Sioux Indians. Though initially distrustful, both sides begin to work, however slowly, at conquering their fears and prejudices. As Dunbar grows closer to the community, he makes efforts to learn their ways: language and dress, buffalo hunts and bonfire dances. His developing romance with a tribal woman blossoms into marriage. The Sioux leaders fear, all the while, that more `whites' are coming, to take and drive them off their lands, and the society's holy man suspects that Dunbar himself knows as much. What is more, the U.S. Army has initiated pursuit of the former lieutenant, branding him a traitor. Eventually, Dunbar must choose between remaining with the Sioux ... or departing from their company, rerouting military parties in order to safeguard Sioux culture and life.

The story is strong; the characters are distinctive and transparent; the script, smart and focused. The costumes, setting, transportation and tools-of-the-day all appear very authentic. Thus, it captures the time period (and location) extremely well. And here, it is all the better, because the movie is about those times, and what happened during them. The mood carefully shifts from a somber quality to soft cheeriness to cautious triumphant score, and back again. The film itself makes excellent use of cinematography, with grand, sweeping shots of the plains and hills, especially during the daytime buffalo chase. Unlike so many other Hollywood movies, first-hand acquaintance with "the girl" does not turn into romance in a few short days or hours. Nearly everything takes SOME time to develop, to change, to grow.

Costner's depictions seem to be largely accurate: the Sioux and many other indigenous societies in the Midwest and elsewhere were being pushed west, captured, or wiped out. However, he does come close to generalizing the `whites' as senseless, brutal, and enormously characteristically savage, almost like a race of monsters. While in fact various numberless persons - at both common and political levels - perpetrated attrocities and relocation efforts that, sadly, came out of westward expansion's predominant attitude of callous disregard for the native peoples and ecosystems of central North America - it would be inaccurate, as well as unfair, to say that such actions (or even attitudes) constituted phenomena universal to the white settlers.

Yet, on the whole, Costner has done a superb job of recreating the era, the peoples (generally), their ways of life, and the ideologies that motivated their actions. He has brought to life and memory the richness and humanity of a people all but forgotten ... and a partial portrayal of events which made, arguably, for the sadest chapter in the two-hundred-plus years of American history.

This film ranks among the very best Westerns made.

DVD Features: Audio Commentary (Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson), theatrical trailers, and scene selection.

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Books, Books, BooksReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2013

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A wonderful story with a hard lesson...if you care to learn it

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"Dances With Wolves" is not only the story of a particular person but a story of one of the more bitter times in our history. A magnificently done story of man's inhumanity to man and our complete misunderstanding of Native Americans which led to unnecessary bloodshed. I am aware that all Native Americans were not peaceful, loving people until we came along. That just isn't true. They warred among themselves, took slaves, practiced cruelty. But don't we do the same among ourselves? No person or body of people are perfect but they didn't destroy themselves or the land with which they lived in harmony; we pretty much did that. The Native Americans were decimated by diseases we brought with us because they had no built in immunity to as we did, by our desire for land and gold doing whatever it took to get what we wanted, the treaties Indians took seriously but were constantly broken by us because we discovered that we "needed" the land they had been given (even though it was mostly poor land). Their main food sources were destroyed by self-serving uncaring people to whom money meant more than common decency. Many on both sides were patently vicious and the majority won, didn't we? History shows the half-truth that "might is right": those that had the power and the numbers inevitably took from those with lesser or power and smaller numbers. It's always been the way of humankind - not admirable but the way of the world from its beginning. Sometimes good can come from bad; the United States being one of them. With all its faults past and present it is still the best that the world has to offer. But for that to happen the American Indian had to suffer and die. Do we make amends? Impossible. Nobody and no amount of money can amend the destruction and humility that has weighed down the hundreds of tribes of American Indians - a great loss for humanity. What we can do is recognize what has happened in the past and work together to keep it from happening again. We should live up to our glorious Declaration of Independence and Constitution and abide by its precepts - in particular "all men are created equal" not some, but all of us. It doesn't guarantee an equal outcome but acknowledges that we are all born with some innate quality that can make each of us special in our own way. We all could become more special by living those lofty words of our precious documents by treating everyone from a person to a whole people with the respect for their specialness that has been so sadly lacking in the past. This film might just give you the impetus to do so.

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Kevin Costner in an Indian tribe

Lieutenant John Dunbar finds himself in an Indian tribe, where he discovers a completely new way of life. The Indians give him the name Dances with Wolves. The Trembling Bird becomes a close friend, and the woman Standing with a Fist loves Dances with Wolves more than anything.

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Exploration, Adventure, Drama

Directories Costner

Duration of 1 minute

Date of exit March30, 1990

Age restriction16+

Kevin Kevin, Mary McDonnell, GREM, Spring Green , Robert Pastorelli, Tantu Cardinal, Charles Rocket, Maury Chaikin, Michael Spears, Tom Everett,

Films directed by Kevin Costner


Kevin Costner

67 years, films: 46

American actor. For a long time I could not find a job in Hollywood. After he got a job in the theater, he began to attend numerous auditions. Kevin did not immediately, but noticed. In his first films, he was either an extra or just a "voice-over". After the film Shadows Are Always Black (1981), Costner began to work a lot in films: he starred in the films Night Shift (1982), Testament (1983), Fandango (1985), Amazing Stories (1985). "Star" for the actor was 1987, when he starred in the famous gangster action movie directed by Brian De Palma, The Untouchables. In 1989, Costner formed his own company, TIG Productions, with his friend, producer Jim Wilson; it was here that he began working as a director and directed his first film, Dances with Wolves (1990), which won seven Oscars. After that, Costner became one of the most popular actors in America. He starred in many box office films, among which were "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves" (1991), "The Bodyguard" (1992), "A Perfect World" (1993), "War" (1994).

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768 Reviews, 9012 estimates, rating 2109

7 9,000 new genre" - is called "if you have something to say".
Kevin Costner is a popular, good, respected actor.
What makes a person become a director? The desire to say something yourself. For example, Mel Gibson. To be honest, now I don’t know what he does better - acting or directing or beat your wife .
Costner, to be honest, is better at playing.
But the film is very, very good.
Everything is as it should be, a moderate happy ending, yes, dragged out, yes, sometimes naive or somehow "raw", or something ... the film is very worthy, very.
Again, made with soul! (how sticky these slogans are).
It's a pity that Boot is being killed....

April 21, 2011


54 reviews, 59 ratings, rating 82


The modern world really needs heroes. He terribly missed those Americans for whom the word "honor" has not yet become a burp from a hamburger. It became a day with fire not to find people with an open soul. We are all, long ago, prisoners of cast-iron slums, and although we live as a single community, we touch someone personally only in the frenzied crowd of the morning subway.

Costner's Native American saga is filmed very tactfully and at the same time straightforward. Careful handling of the material is understandable - the director's experience is a waste of time, and the idea itself is painful for the target audience. Although, we must pay tribute to ordinary honest Americans - this is the first and only aggression of the world gendarme, which they are ready to recognize. But not out loud.

Therefore, walking on unknown land for Dunbar is doubly dangerous. The hour is not even, or they will decide their own, or others. But as the short story unfolds on the prairies, it is easy to understand - the sincerity of the city takes. Before us is the story of Mowgli, told with love for historical details. And although Kipling would break out in a cold sweat from the events on the screen, "Dances with Wolves" is still the same fairy tale from a distant childhood, where the difference between good and bad has not yet been erased into a gray strip of dust scattered by the wind among the asphalt veins that pierced the scalp so and not a conquered country.

Who are you, dancing among the wolves? Where is your real tribe?

As for me, I'd rather dance the tango with the gray brothers than shake hands with some upright ones. You know exactly what to expect from wolves. They are fierce predators. They eat raw meat. They are not like us.

And they are not capable of meanness.

September 5, 2013

Varvara Lis

26 reviews, 26 ratings, rating 3

6Costner's Triumph

When I first saw the film, I thought it was excellent. And I liked the main character, and his story is very interesting and full of various twists and turns.
But upon re-watching, it became clear that Costner's hero is a bastard, what else to look for.

In general, "A Dance with Wolves" is like a love story of people from different worlds. Indian woman and former lieutenant. And the whole story leads to their rapprochement and to what conclusions and conclusions the main character makes.

The film lasts three hours, and this already leaves its mark on the perception of what is happening during the viewing. You can simply get tired of what is happening on the screen, and the actions on it are very stretched, by the way. I remember that this film, even at the time of its release, was sold on two discs due to the long running time.

In principle, for its time "A Dance with Wolves" was good and exciting. Especially since there are fewer and fewer westerns being made.
But now he will not surprise the viewer with anything. It will only take three hours of his life. March 10, 2019 And Costner during the period of his acting dawn, and with the role of the director coped quite skillfully. And the "wild west", shown unexpectedly cameral and natural. And most importantly, the Indian theme, displayed not in cardboard, but quite the first plan, that is, fully. And then it doesn’t matter how greedy and ruthless the white invaders were, including the formal heroes of the civil war - northerners in uniforms. Not very important, but rather just expected, and a romantic line in the plot. And even a cute wolf is just a decoration. To an ethnic, ecological, historical, adventure spectacle... You never know how many epithets can be found!

April 28, 2018

Yuri Artamonov

256 reviews, 333 ratings, rating 94


Kostner director.
The film is really good, I recommend watching it to those who are interested in the culture of peoples, not only their own. Relationships between different peoples, somewhere probably communicative ability, somewhere the desire to listen and understand another person brought up in a different cultural environment. You can feel Kostner's handwriting in the manner of narration. Well, I can not believe that such a person is capable of meanness. Happy viewing everyone.

October 13, 2013

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    • 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 United States 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 to bring him 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. Dancer 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/Dancing 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. The film is singled out for its life-like portrayal of Native Americans, which is very different from the typical Hollywood cliché that depicts Indians as either "noble men" or "bloodthirsty bastards." For this film, the Sioux tribe accepted Kevin Costner as an honorary member. In 2007, the Library of Congress added Dances with Wolves to the National Film Registry.

    Prizes and awards

    Dances with Wolves received the most prestigious awards and entered the gold fund of world cinema. At the 63rd Oscars ceremony held on March 25, 1991 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.