Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Release Year: 1990
Rating: 8.0/10 (94,984 voted)
Critic's Score: 72/100
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways.
Writers: Michael Blake, Michael Blake
Stands With A Fist
Rodney A. Grant
Wind In His Hair
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
(as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse
Smiles A Lot
Jason R. Lone Hill
Doris Leader Charge
The journey begins this November. Discover it for yourself.
Release Date: 21 November 1990
Filming Locations: Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $598,257
(11 November 1990)
(DVD special edition)
Did You Know?
Orion originally planned to release both this film and
The Silence of the Lambs in late 1990, and to promote both films as Oscar contenders. Their financial problems, however, forced them to choose one film over the other, and this one was released first, with Lambs being released in early 1991 instead. Executives could then wait until later in the year to begin their Oscar campaign. This resulted in Orion being able to release only one other major picture in 1991, instead of two. Since Jodie Foster appeared in Lambs, and she was being promoted as a Best Actress nominee, Orion decided to help her chances by releasing her other film
Little Man Tate, shelving
Blue Sky. Foster won Best Actress, and Blue Sky was not released for three more years, which resulted in Jessica Lange also winning Best Actress.
The size of the jerky that Dunbar is offering to the wolf. Alternately, he may be holding it in a different way.
It seems everyday ends with a miracle here. And whatever God may be, I thank God for this day
Not in top 250?
What the heck are people thinking! There are way too many Costner bashers
the internet. This was a revolutionary motion picture at its time, never
has a story about the American indians ever been told with such emotion
grace. What a sham. For the record Costner is not that bad of an