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Dances With Wolves (1990)

Episode #69

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released Dances With Wolves to theaters on November 21, 1990; grossing $424.2M worldwide. Kevin Costner directed the western which starred Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene.

Dances With Wolves Movie Summary

Dances with Wolves begins in 1863. Lieutenant John J Dunbar lies on surgeon’s table from a wounded leg he received during an American Civil War battle. The surgeon wants to amputate Dunbar’s leg. However, Dunbar would rather die than lose his leg.

He takes a horse and rides up to and alongside the Confederates front lines, daring them to end his life. Dunbar’s distraction allows the Union soldiers to overtake the Confederate sentry lines. They get the upper hand in the Civil War stalemate. The union general finds Dunbar’s nearly unconscious body, sans any new bullet holes, and calls for his personal doctor. He saves Dunbar’s leg, and decorates Dunbar for bravery that helped win the day for the Union. Dunbar decides his next assignment is on the western frontier “before it is gone.”

Next, we see Dunbar riding up to Fort Hays, a large fort on the edge of the frontier. Dunbar reports to commanding officer, who is a mentally ill and suicidal major. He sends Dunbar to the army’s furthest post, Fort Sedgwick. Dunbar travels to Sedgwick with the flatulent Timmons, the man commissioned to supply the Fort with his mule wagon. The duo travel to Sedgwick only to find it deserted and in extremely poor condition. Dunbar decides to stay alone at the fort and orders Timmons at gun point to unload the fort’s provisions.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released Dances With Wolves to theaters on November 21, 1990; grossing $424.2M worldwide. Kevin Costner directed the western which starred Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, and Graham Greene.

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    1. I am not sure when we will review it. Maybe in 2018, but not this year. Have you read the book it’s based on, McTeague by Frank Norris? It’s also one of my favorite books.

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