Rated: PG-13 has some violent scenes Reviewed by: Frank and Chris Release date: November 21, 1990 Released by:
Kevin Costner directs and strs in a three-hour adventure of a Union soldier who becomes involved with a Sioux Indian tribe.
The length of the film is a drawback. It could have done with less hits in the head, a few less scenes of the plains, and the elimination of a suicide early in the film. Beyond those faults, the film is a worm, personal look at Sioux In dian culture, mores and motivation. Very few films have been made which depict American Indians as a culture with more than scalping on their minds. Little Big Man, Apache, with Burt Lancaster and possibly Soldier Blue are the only ones that come to mind. Dances With Wolves reaches deeper into tribal customs and humor and therefore brings a clearer focus to the relationship between the soldiers and the Indians.
Those who would have reached out for peace between the two parties were few and far between. It was far easier to start war than to be patient and avoid one.
The film could have been 20 minutes shorter, but the two and one half hours which would remain are exciting, exhilarating, intelligent and beautiful to watch. Put an afternoon or evening aside and visit the American frontier. You will be reward with splendid performances, a worthy effort which you will remember.
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