Dances With Wolves

Movie Details

DirectorKevin Costner
Key CastKevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney Grant, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
MPAA RatingPG-13
Film TypeColor
Genre(s)Western, Adventure
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“Dances With Wolves” Evokes the Beauty and Tragedy of the 19th-Century American Great Plains

In “Dances with Wolves,” director Kevin Costner plays John Dunbar, a Union Lieutenant of the Civil War who, following a heroic injury, requests station on the vast sweep of the shortgrass plains in the Dakotas.

Initially very alone at the frontier outpost of Fort Sedgwick, Dunbar finds himself improbably befriending both a resident gray wolf–“Two Socks”–and a band of Sioux Indians. Among the Sioux Indians he befriends are the sage leader Ten Bears (Floyd Red Crow Westerman), the measured Kicking Bird (Graham Greene), a fierce young warrior Wind-In-His-Hair (Rodney A. Grant), and a mysterious woman of complicated heritage, Stands-With-A-Fist (Mary McDonnell). The mutual fear, distrust, and language barrier of early encounters transitions into a deeper, cross-cultural interaction and understanding between them all.

“Dances with Wolves” is wrought with tension. Even as Dunbar finds himself more and more tightly enmeshed in Sioux life, the inevitable–and violent–advance of American settlement on the plains forces a clash of cultures and a desperate confrontation with his own past.

“Dances with Wolves” is a highly-acclaimed, multi-award winning film. It won seven prestigious Academy Awards and was nominated for five additional ones. Kevin Costner won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards for Best Director. Also, this is one of the few western movies to be selected for the U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Famed movie critic Roger Ebert described “Dances with Wolves” as “a simple story, magnificently told” that he deemed one the year’s (1990) best films.


» “Dances with Wolves” was the first movie that Kevin Costner ever directed. The western won numerous film awards and made millions of dollars at the box office – a record! This movie is still one of the most financially successful westerns ever made. In 1990, when “Dances with Wolves” was first released, it was remained in the Top 10 at the box office for 18 straight weeks.

» When “Dances with Wolves” won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1991, it had been sixty years since a western movie had won this award, despite the fact that westerns were enormously popular with audiences (especially during the 1950s and 1960s). Prior to “Dances with Wolves,” the only other western to have won the Best Picture Academy Award was “Cimarron” which won it in 1931. After “Dances with Wolves,” it would be only two years before another western won the Academy Award for Best Picture – the western film “Unforgiven” in 1993. To date, these three movies “Dances with Wolves,” “Cimarron,” and “Unforgiven” are the only three westerns to have ever won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture.

» Although considered a masterpiece by many movie critics, historians have pointed out that “Dances with Wolves” contains many historical inaccuracies. One of the most notable ones is the western’s depiction of the Pawnee Indians as mercilessly being able to slaughter the small tribe of Sioux Indians. However, quite the contrary was true. The Sioux Indians and their allies outnumbered the Pawnee by 25 to 1 giving the Sioux a definite advantage over the Pawnee.


» “Dances with Wolves” won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 1991, making it one of only three western movies to ever win this award. The movie also won six other major Academy Awards, including a Best Director Award for Kevin Costner. The other Academy Awards were: Best Cinematography, Best Music – Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Writing/Screenplay and Best Sound. Additionally, “Dances with Wolves” was nominated for five other Academy Awards, including a nomination for Kevin Costner for Best Actor.

» The Golden Globes Award also bestowed prestigious honors on “Dances with Wolves” with the film winning both the coveted Best Picture and Best Director Awards. Also, Michael Blake won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe Award for his writing.

» “Dances with Wolves” is one of the few westerns to also be selected for the U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry and was added in 2007.

» This movie also won the Bronze Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Association for Best Theatrical Motion Picture in 1991.

» The Western Writers of America gave its Spur Award to Michael Blake for his screenplay for “Dances with Wolves.”


Dances With Wolves Movie DVD

Dances With Wolves is a highly-acclaimed movie that is considered a great classic western.

Starring and directed by Kevin Costner, “Dances With Wolves” is one of only three western movies to have won the Best Motion Picture Academy Award.

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In addition to the western, there’s lots of bonus material on this Blu-ray.

» Audio commentary with actor/director Kevin Costner
» Original making of “Dances with Wolves” featurette
» A Day in the Life of the Western Frontier feature
» 2 Blu-ray Exclusive In-Feature Experiences: Military Rank and Social Hierarchy Guide and Real History or Movie Make-Believe?
» and more!

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