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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Director: Kevin Costner
Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
Genre: Western/Adventure

Plot: A civil war hero is transferred to the remote west at his own behest. Here, he befriends the mystic Indians and Wolves! 
Dances With Wolves (1990)

I remember watching this amazing movie a long time back on television. For my re-watch, fortunately, I had the extended version and still wouldn't mind any more of it!

Lt. John Dunbar (Costner) is a Union soldier manning a deserted post at the western frontier. The native Indians--possessing a very reserved nature and tolerance toward the outsiders--are his neighbors. His prized possession, a horse, is his only companion. Dunbar soon befriends a curious wolf that earns him the name Dances with Wolves with the Indians! 

Eventually, with the help of Kicking Bird and Stands with a Fist (a white girl rescued by Sioux Indian when very young) Dunbar breaks the ice with the Indians and becomes one of them.

It is a deeply touching epic about the end of a civilization (of Indians) and arrival of the 'Whites' into the west. It took Kevin Costner a total of 5 years and relatively shoestring budget (as compared to what movie earned!) to complete the movie. The effort is distinctly visible.

A special mention must be to the state of art cinematography and background score, which make the movie an audio-visual treat. The scenes featuring wolf (Two Socks-named by Dunbar for his white paws) and Costner are amazingly shot and have an artistic glow about them that soothe your whole inner being.

Dances With Wolves is a significant contribution to the world cinema by Costner. It isn't merely an entertaining movie, rather a tribute to once thriving genre. It entirely retains the legacy of the mysterious Indians.

Kudos to Costner for his maiden gem!!

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