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Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Western  |  21 November 1990 (USA)
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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 <>

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Lt. John Dunbar is about to discover the frontier...within himself. See more »


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Release Date:

21 November 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danza con lobos  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$184,208,848 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed during a drought, water had to be trucked into the Fort Sedgwick location to fill up the pond. See more »


The stamped brass Cavalry insignia on Dunbar's working cap has a number 2 (for Second Cavalry) over the sabers in some scenes. The 2 appears and disappears throughout the film. See more »


Timmons: [after he has bent over and farted] Why don't you put that in your book?
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27 November 2003 | by 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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