Dances With Wolves


(out of 5)

It’s been decades since a glorious western has lit up the big screen, and this one manages to do it beautifully.  plays a weary Civil War soldier whose attempt to get himself killed on the battlefield ends up backfiring and garnering him a medal of honour instead. Offered a posting anywhere he chooses, Costner decides to go live on a deserted western frontier where the army forgets him and the nearby Native Americans befriend him. Eventually becoming a member of their tribe, he befriends their holy man () and loves a white woman (an excellent ) who was adopted by as a child after her parents were murdered. Stunning cinematography and painfully accurate period detail is combined with excellent characters and a heart-stopping climax that encapsulates the destruction of native culture by oncoming western settlers. White guilt was credited for garnering this film seven Academy Awards, but it would be viewed as worthy of distinction even by somebody with no previous knowledge of America’s history.

Tig Productions, Majestic Films International, Allied Filmmakers

USA/United Kingdom, 1990

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on his novel

Cinematography by

Produced by Kevin Costner,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , , ,

Academy Awards 1990

Golden Globe Awards 1990

National Board of Review Awards 1990.  

New York Film Critics Awards 1990.  

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