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Dances with Wolves (1990)

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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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Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danza con lobos  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)


$184,208,848 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Dunbar is in the rain, digging in the mud with his hand, a thin, sharp piece of wood went right under Kevin Costner's fingernail. See more »


When the Sioux and John Dunbar are going on the buffalo hunt and they come upon the slaughtered/skinned buffalo, a crew member can be seen lying down on the ground in the background behind the Sioux passing on horseback. See more »


Toughest Pawnee: [speaking Pawnee; subtitled] Only a white man would make a fire for everyone to see.
Pawnee #1: [in Pawnee] Maybe there's more than one.
Pawnee #2: [in Pawnee] There may be three or four.
Toughest Pawnee: [in Pawnee] I know three or four who will not be making the trip home.
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16 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What the heck are people thinking! There are way too many Costner bashers on the internet. This was a revolutionary motion picture at its time, never has a story about the American indians ever been told with such emotion and grace. What a sham. For the record Costner is not that bad of an actor.


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