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
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All the Lakota women have smooth, coiffured and braided hair. Yet, for some unknown reason, "Stands with a Fist" (Mary McDonnell) has layered, wild, messy hair that changes length in the film. This makes no sense since she has been with the Lakota since she was a child and would have grown her hair out several inches to several feet by this time and it would be styled as the other Lakota women. See more »
During the beginning of the great buffalo shooting you can clearly hear someone shout, "Here we go" while the camera is focused on Dunbar. (This audio track can be heard on the European (4 hour) version) See more »
[at the inactive battlefield]
Some of the boys are saying that if we ain't gonna fight we could just settle the whole business with a little high stakes poker. Wouldn't that be a sight... a bunch of fellas sitting in the middle of this field drawing cards...
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The 236-minute "extended version" or "Director's Cut" has been released on home video, altering the movie as such:
38 x new scene
15 x extended scene
12 x alternative footage
5 x alternative text
1 x new text
3 x postponed scene
3 x altered arrangement of scenes
3 x shortened scene.
There is also a 233-minute version which cuts out the 3 minute Intermission at around 133 min featuring John Barry music. See more »
I just can't for the life of me understand why this movie is rated below Avatar...
After having seen this movie again for the first time in years, and after having seen Avatar, it is my opinion that Dances with Wolves is in an entirely different league in terms of story telling. The main ingredients of the story between these two movies is fairly similar - however, the pace and finesse with which Dances with Wolves portrays the development of the relationship between John and the Indians is masterfully done. While Avatar has huge flaws in its story-telling including some scenes with very weak dialogue - it might have gotten away with it as the audience is perhaps distracted by the bombardment of impressive CGI effects!
If you thought Avatar was good and haven't seen Dances with Wolves in a while - I highly recommend it. An excellent move that I think deserves a much better review score - and also should definitely be on IMDBs top 250 list.
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