Dances with Wolves

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10 October 2012

‘‘Dances With Wolves’’ film review

‘‘Dances With Wolves’’ is a 1990 western film directed, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner who plays the character of John J. Dunbar, a Civil War First Lieutenant on the Union side. It is a film adaptation of the 1988 book of the same name by Michael Blake . With this movie, Costner made his debut as a film director. ‘‘Dances With Wolves’’ scored a total of seven Oscars for best directing, best script, cutting, music and sound effects. Although there are many movies about Native Americans, this is far superior to all the others. It is certainly a very powerful and educational film which teaches, as well as entertains. The film is successful because it has a dramatic plot, fascinating main character, realistic language and setting.
The film tells the story of Lieutenant Dunbar, a United States Army Officer, and an
Indian tribe who eventually, after meeting, become friends. The story starts when
Dunbar goes to the American frontier to find a military post and while there, he soon finds out he is not alone. He meets a wolf he dubs ‘‘Two-socks’’ and a curious Indian tribe, the Sioux tribe. At first, the Indians do not accept him and want nothing to do with him because they do not respect or like white men. Having made contact with these people, Dunbar quickly becomes infatuated with their way of life and begins to adopt their culture, taking on the name Dances with Wolves. As time passes he falls in love with the beautiful ‘‘Stands With a Fist’’, a white

woman who was raised amongst the tribe. Dunbar’s ties to his old life are forever severed when he is allowed to marry her. However, his peaceful existence is threatened when Union soldiers capture him and tries him for treason. He is shipped east, as a prisoner of the army he once served. This triggers a Sioux attack. They ambush the army transport, kill the soldiers, and release Dunbar. He knows that his presence within the Sioux now translates to

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