Kevin Costner (Lt. John
Dunbar), Mary McDonnell (Stands With A Fist), Graham Greene (Kicking Bird), Rodney A. Grant (Wind In His Hair), Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Chief Ten Bears), Tantoo
Cardinal (Black Shawl), Robert Pastorelli (Timmons)
The critics wanted to tear this film apart before it's
1990 release, dubbing it "Kevin's Gate" during production in anticipation of it being a bloated ego trip and a flop of mammoth proportions.
When the film became a hit and went on to win the
Oscar for Best Picture, it left them critics with egg on their faces, and damn right too! Dances With Wolves is an absolutely fantastic movie and a genuine labour of love for actor,
producer and director Costner.
He plays a Lieutenant in the American Civil War who is
honoured for bravery and relocated to a remote outpost on the frontier of the Wild West where he befriends a Sioux tribe and is eventually adopted by them and subsequently faces charges
of desertion by the US army.
This is a western for people who don't really like
westerns, politically correct in it's portrayal of the native people and their culture, but is more specifically a drama about self-discovery and new beginnings. That being said,
this must be recognised as a classic of its genre, reviving it after a decade of dormancy.