Actor Kevin Costner made his debut behind the camera--and won an Oscar for Best Director--with this celebrated epic. In 1865, Civil War hero Lt. John Dunbar (Costner) asks to be reassigned to the western frontier before it disappears. At his isolated post he develops a relationship with the peaceful Lakota Sioux and a white woman (an excellent, Oscar-nominated Mary McDonnell) who lives among them, finding greater kinship with them than with his own people. But his life with the Sioux is threatened when the Army appears, and Dunbar must decide where his loyalties truly lie. Co-starring Graham Greene, DANCES WITH WOLVES boasts seven Academy Award wins and another five nominations.
Directorial debut for Kevin Costner.
Won Best Picture and Best Director by the National Board of Review.
Box office gross was more than $175 million.
Filmed in South Dakota.
Copyright 1990 Tig Productions, Inc.
"...The film is heartfelt and engrossing....DANCES WITH WOLVES is an epic that breathes. And it's a beauty..." (Rolling Stone)
"...Stirringly fine....DANCES WITH WOLVES is a clear-eyed vision....This is a film with a pure ring to it..." (Los Angeles Times)
"...[A] remarkable picture....[With] heart-stopping images of the American West..." (Premiere)
"...WOLVES is a filmmaking tour de force..." (Entertainment Weekly)
"...[With] fantastic photography....Genuinely epic in scope..." (Total Film)
"Rich characterisations are balanced by awesome widescreen backdrops." (Uncut)