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A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, [[Performer~P15189~Kevin Costner~kevincostner]]'s directorial debut was also a surprisingly popular hit, considering its length, period setting, and often somber tone. The film opens on a particularly dark note, as melancholy Union lieutenant John W. Dunbar attempts to kill himself on a suicide mission, but instead becomes an unintentional hero. His actions lead to his reassignment to a remote post in remote South Dakota, where he encounters the Sioux. Attracted by the natural simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to leave his former life behind to join them, taking on the name Dances with Wolves. Soon, Dances with Wolves has become a welcome member of the tribe and fallen in love with a white woman who has been raised amongst the tribe. His peaceful existence is threatened, however, when Union soldiers arrive with designs on the Sioux land. Some detractors have criticized the film's depiction of the tribes as simplistic; such objections did not dissuade audiences or the Hollywood establishment, however, which awarded the film seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:October 19, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeffrey Beecroft Best Art Direction 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lisa Dean Best Art Direction 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neil Travis Best Editing 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Graham Greene Best Supporting Actor 1990 Nominee
National Board of Review Kevin Costner Best Director 1990 Winner
Directors Guild of America Kevin Costner Best Director 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin Costner Best Director 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin Costner Best Picture 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Costner Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kevin Costner Best Director 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin Costner Best Actor 1990 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Kevin Costner Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1991 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kevin Costner Best Actor 1991 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kevin Costner David Lean Award 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mary McDonnell Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mary McDonnell Best Supporting Actress 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Barry Best Score 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Barry Best Original Score 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Wilson Best Picture 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Blake Best Screenplay 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Blake Best Adapted Screenplay 1990 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Blake Best Adapted Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Russell Williams II Best Sound 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill W. Benton Best Sound 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeffrey Perkins Best Sound 1990 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Dean Semler Best Cinematography 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dean Semler Best Cinematography 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elsa Zamparelli Best Costume Design 1990 Nominee

Cast

Kevin Costner
as Lt. John W. Dunbar
Mary McDonnell
as Stands With a Fist
Graham Greene
as Kicking Bird
Rodney A. Grant
as Wind in His Hair
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
as Chief Ten Bears
Tantoo Cardinal
as Black Shawl
Robert Pastorelli
as Timmons
Charles Rocket
as Lieutenant Elgin
Maury Chaykin
as Maj. Fambrough
Jimmy Herman
as Stone Calf
Buffalo Child
as Pawnee #1
Percy White Plume
as Big Warrior
Tom Everett
as Sgt. Pepper
Michael Spears
as Otter
Wayne Grace
as Major
Chad Dowdell
as Young Cavalry Soldier (uncredited)
Wes Studi
as Toughest Pawnee
Maretta Big Crow
as Village Mother
Donald Hotton
as Gen. Tide
Billy Burton
as General's Aide
Marvin Holy
as Sioux Warrior
Clayton Big Eagle
Raymond Newholy
as Sioux Courier
Doris Leader Charge
as Pretty Shield
Bill W. Curry
as Confederate Cavalryman
Kent Hays
as Wagon Driver
Larry Joshua
as Sgt. Baker
Tony Pierce
as Spivey
Conor Duffy
as Willie
John Tail
as Escort Warrior
Steve Chambers
as Guard
Annie Costner
as Christine
Otakuye Conroy
as Kicking Bird's Daughter
Kirk Baltz
as Edwards
Carter Hanner
as Confederate Soldier
Steve Reevis
as Sioux #1/Warrior #1
Robert Goldman
as Union Soldier
Richard Leader Charge
as Pawnee

Crew

Kevin Costner
Director
Jim Wilson
Producer
Derek Kavanagh
Producer
Michael Blake
Screenwriter
Dean Semler
Cinematographer
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
John Barry
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Hoy
Editor
Neil Travis
Editor
Jeffrey Beecroft
Production Designer
Kevin Costner
Co-producer
Bonnie Arnold
Associate Producer
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Lisa Dean
Set Designer
Elsa Zamparelli
Costume Designer
Norman Howell
Stunts
Elisabeth Leustig
Casting
Jeffrey Perkins
Re-Recording Mixer
Frank Carrisosa
Makeup
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