• Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves

Release Date: October 31st, 1990

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 1998

PG-13 |3 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

A Civil War soldier develops a relationship with a band of Lakota Indians. Attracted by the simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to leave his former life behind to be with them. Having observed him, they give the name Dances With Wolves. Soon he is a welcomed member of the tribe and falls in love with a white woman who has been raised in the tribe. Tragedy results when Union soldiers arrive with designs on the land.

Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket

Director: Kevin Costner

Genres: Historical drama , Western

Production Co: Majestic Film, Tig Productions

Distributors: Image Entertainment Inc., Orion Pictures, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Death, Fall, Love interest, Rise, Rescue, Emotional, Soldier, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    A three-hour delight… The movie generates much of its power by being so life-affirming at a time when people feel nervous about the future. [9 Nov 1990, Friday, p.C]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This movie moves so confidently and looks so good it seems incredible that it's a directorial debut. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    While no one is going to place Costner alongside Laurence Olivier in the acting department, he brings a likability to Dunbar that many better performers might not have been able to match. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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