Dances with Wolves

Published January 2, 2010

Dances with Wolves

Film info

  • Title Dances with Wolves
  • Director Kevin Costner
  • Year 1990
  • Run time 3hrs 1m
  • Genres Adventure, Western, Drama
  • Tagline Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered

In the year 1864, Lieutenant John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) requests an assignment to a remote outpost in the American West. Spending a lot of time by himself, Dunbar falls in love with the frontier, and becomes firm friends with the local Lakota Indians. Before long he finds himself contravening direct orders when he helps his new friends in their battle against the Pawnee. This revisionist western won seven Oscars, including one for Best Picture and one for Costner's direction.

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Time Comment
1:55 That’s quite a beard Mr Costner has.
9:05 So what did it achieve, him being the hero? Is it just because it got them shooting any which way?
18:08 I feel like everyone in this film is a little bit mental.
25:48 On the one hand, it’s crazy to stay there by yourself. On the other hand, imagine the solitude!
27:33 It’s quite handy to always sleep in your clothes and therefore be ready for gun pointing action.
32:48 How many arrows does it take, really?
37:13 He spent all that time swimming and getting clean, now he’s crawling about in the dirt.
42:18 Huh. I wasn’t expecting the hero type who is also slightly incompetent.
44:47 This reminds me very much of Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. There was a man with a wolf in that too.
48:17 I feel like it would be inconvenient to have to ride with one hand on your flag.
1:05:46 It’s interesting to see people communicate with no common language. I’m not sure how they do it.
1:20:19 Why is he going with them? He was so determined not to leave his post before.
1:25:44 What on earth do they do with all the buffalos they kill?
1:32:29 Does getting your hat back make telling stories and eating raw buffalo worthwhile?
1:42:36 How does dances with wolves have the same word as buffalo in it?
1:49:36 He seems to read his journal a lot more often than he writes in it.
1:56:06 He looks different without the beard. Like Jon Bon Jovi.
2:04:11 They are really quite vicious. He was circled with guns and they still beat him with sticks.
2:16:19 Who knew writing a journal would be so troublesome?
2:31:35 How on earth do they get on and off their horses like that?


Suddenly, the BBC started putting loads of films on the iPlayer, and this was one of the first that caught my eye. I wasn’t keen - almost three hours! - and I had a feeling it would be like the English Patient, all meaningful and going over my head. Still, I was determined to give it a chance.

This was definitely a surprise. I was sure I wasn’t going to like it, as I mentioned above, but in the end, it was really good. It was too long, obviously, and some of it was a bit too scenery based, but bits of it were funny and that helps a film no end.

Rating: 3 / 5

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