MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#13 of 49) – Dances With Wolves (1990) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #13 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“[Dunbar has found an old skeleton on the prairie] Somebody back east is sayin’ “Why don’t he write?”” – Timmons

Initial Viewing Memories – I recall seeing this in the theater and was blown away by how amazing it was especially in a HUGE theater.  I have seen it numerous times over the past 30 years and especially love the way that the directors cut adds so much more depth to the story and characters.

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater, cable, video, DVD, 2 Jul 2013, 16 Jun 2019 and 8 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – An army Officer during the Civil War is sent to an apparently deserted outpost on the frontier and ends up befriending the local Indians living near by.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a premise that has been copied numerous times ever since it came out, yet still remains the best version of this kind of story.

Kevin Costner does an amazing job putting this together and allows the characters to feel so real in the wya it all plays out.

The story is told from an epic viewpoint and despite it being completely fictional, it still allows the viewer to get an idea about the way that Indians and the US Government looked at one another during those turbulent times.

The film’s Director’s Cut adds an additional hour to a 3 hour movie, yet it still works so well in giving the viewer and even deeper look at the characters and story that is presented here.

This was Costner’s first movie as director and he really shows that this was a passion project for him and also helped prove that he not only is a great actor, but can bring together such an epic story from behind the camera too.

The movie deserving won 7 Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture for this film and it remains so poignant and powerful to watch now as it did when it came out.

The buffalo hunt scene is so spectacular to watch!

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the skinned buffalo scene, fake animals made of paper were used and looked very realistic. A passerby called the police during filming and they showed up with guns drawn ready to arrest the crew for poaching. After some explanations, the cops left laughing. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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