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Dances with Wolves (1990)

Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

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Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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21 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Danza con lobos  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$184,208,848 (USA)
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Stands with a Fist's story of abuse by the other women in the tribe and one in particular is resolved when she hits that woman. Afterward she is accepted by the other women of the tribe. This is the story of Cynthia Ann Parker who was captured by the Comanche in 1836 when she was 9. Unlike Stands with a Fist, Ms. Parker married a Comanche brave and was recaptured by white soldiers some years later. See more »

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When Dunbar arrives at the settlement, rough planks are being cut from tree trunks at a rudimentary sawmill. There are no forests seen from which such timber could be harvested nor a means for transporting timber of this size from a remote location. See more »

Quotes

John Dunbar: [writing in his diary] If it wasn't for my companion, I believe I'd be having the time of my life.
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Hard to believe
27 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard for me to believe this movie is not in the top 250 on IMBD all time list. Without question my favorite movie. We live in a strange world when Pulp Fiction ranks #18, and Dances with Wolves just misses the top 250. Maybe people thought the movie was too long. I thought it was too short if anything. I wish they would have gone on forever. What an incredible story. The way Costner continued to get closer and closer to the Indians way masterfuly done.


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