Overall Rank: 285
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 495
Theatrical Release Date: 11/09/1990
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/11/2011
Genre: Western, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Kevin Costner
Actors: Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, Mary McDonnell, Tantoo Cardinal, Robert Pastorelli
Plot: A Civil War Commander heads to the plains to settle during the civil war when he first encounters Native Americans.
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worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013
Many people think the 1990 Oscar for Best Picture should have gone to GoodFellas; I might have preferred that also, but don't discredit this film for that reason. This is a great film! Along with 92's Unforgiven, Dances With Wolves revamped the Western genre, making it popular again. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and winner of 7, this classic film is a must see!
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/13/2012
This is Kevin Costner's best work, both as a director and as an actor. He holds a gravity and seriousness in his eyes that is missing from his previous hokey, "everyman" portrayals. The film boasts a strong story, impressive and often beautiful visuals, and a stirring score.
Snoogans - wrote on 12/06/2011
An easy, free-flowing epic set across the great plains of early western America. The story shows a believable integration of the main character into a Sioux indian tribe. The bonding unfolds with a gradual ease that feels justified over the three hour runtime. Again, this is another instance where the length of the movie is not so much felt due to proper editing and pacing. Done on a surprisingly small budget, and using very few non-Indian actors, the film encompasses a sense of historical closeness. Enjoyable for almost any demographic.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/14/2013
Re-watching again after viewing this as a kid. The story revolves around First Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Kevin Costner) who still hasn't found his own identity. He then meets an injured Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), and returns her to his Sioux neighbors. Dunbar also meets Kicking Bird (Graham Greene) and Wind In His Hair (Rodney A. Grant). The cinematography was just gorgeous and the action sequences realistic. It had some dull moments such as the overemphasized love scenes between the Lieutenant and Stands With A Fist and the journal search. The gunning of one of the antagonists that was surrounded obviously felt choreographed. Costner had the correct decision to encourage the writer of the original script and turn it into a novel in which he acquired the rights. Had …
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/25/2012
Kevin Costner stars as a cavalry lieutenant sick of war who volunteers to serve in an isolated frontier outpost where he learns to understand the culture of the indigenous native American settlement. Before he let his ego run away with him, Costner actually made a few pretty decent films. Although this is obviously a very romanticized view of the west, where the Sioux are a nation of saints and even the wolves are tamer than Lassie, it is a very creditable addition to the tradition of the great American western. At its core is a message of understanding and tolerance, and the best scenes involve Costner's growing respect and friendship for Sioux holy man Graham Greene. It has a gentle and sometimes humorous, easy going approach and a wild haired Mary McDonnell makes a much more …
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 11/10/2009
A movie that works in some aspects but fails in others. Its a big epic although an epic that really lacks a plot of any great interest. There are big views and scenes of grandeur but not connected with a story of great interest. It is mostly a white soldier interacting with the Indians than joining them. They go through all the differently things they do together of varying interest. I was overly interested in this part but it was okay, and Costner trying his hardest to make 3 dimensional Indians is an attempt although not quite perfect. The Indians are still kept at a distance and maybe it would have worked better without the civil war soldier. Then the soldier show up for a big climax to show that now the Indians are 3 dimensional the union soldiers have to be one dimensional as …
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