Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic Western film starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner in his feature directorial debut. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake that tells the story of Union Army lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Costner) who travels to the American frontier to find a military post and of his dealings with a group of Lakota.
The film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards at the 63rd Academy Awards and won seven including Best Picture, Best Director for Costner, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Mixing. The film also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
- This an epic story of the frontier, with a most favorable view of the Native Americans.
- The film was released at a 3 hour length, but there is a special edition that runs 4 hours. I think 3 hours was plenty long enough.
- It is at heart a love story between John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) and Stands with a Fist (Mary McDonnell), a white woman who was captured by the Pawnee and now lives with the Sioux.