Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Way Back Wednesday - Dances With Wolves

Dances with Wolves is one of my top 10 favorite movies. I'm not a huge fan of Kevin Costner, but he was perfect in this movie.

(from Wikipedia):
Dances with Wolves is a 1990 epic film which tells the story of a United States Lieutenant who travels to the American Frontier to find a military post. He eventually befriends a local Sioux tribe. Developed by director/star Kevin Costner over 5 years, the film won 7 Academy Awards (1990) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. Much of the dialogue is in the Lakota language with English subtitles, unusual for a film at the time of its release. It was shot in South Dakota and Wyoming.

After surviving a near fatal wound, Union Army Officer Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Costner) requests a military transfer to the western frontier. He arrives at his new post - Fort Sedgwick - only to find it deserted except for a lone wolf he befriends and dubs Two Socks from the coloring of its front legs.

Dunbar soon meets his Sioux neighbors, first meeting the medicine man Kicking Bird (Graham Greene); and they soon become friends. Kicking Bird's "adoptive" daughter is Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), and when we first meet her, she is attempting suicide after the death of her husband.

Just a few minutes shy of four hours, this movie takes Dunbar from a lonely soilder in an abandoned military post, to his uneasy acceptance into the Sioux tribe, to the relationship between himself and Stands With A Fist. Dunbar is eventually renamed Dances With Wolves, because of his playfulness with Two Socks.

I never get tired of watching this movie and, although it makes you cry, it's a good kind of cry - perfect for a cold winter afternoon.

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