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In October 19 1990, was released the movie ‘Dances With Wolves’. The film is about Lt. John Dunbar, who 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.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
Director: Kevin Costner
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- During the scene where the buffalo is charging at the young Indian, the buffalo is actually charging at a pile of its favorite treat: Oreo cookies.
- In the opening scene where two doctors are examining John Dunbar, the man on the table is Kevin Costner’s stand-in. The two people playing the doctors are actually the film’s producer, Jim Wilson on the left and director/star Costner on the right. The voices were dubbed by other actors.
- That is Rodney A. Grant’s real long, flowing hair. He does not wear a wig in the film.
- Kevin Costner did all his own riding, including bare back and shooting his gun without holding the reins, during the buffalo hunt.
- Two of the domesticated buffalo used in the production were borrowed from singer Neil Young.
- Those are actual dead deer that Kevin Costner pulls out of the river. To look authentic the carcasses had to be heavy, so animals killed on the highways were collected for the scene.
- 250 Civil War reenactors were used in the Tennessee battle scenes.
The highest grossing Western of all time, with a domestic take of $184 million. It achieved this figure without ever reaching #1 on the box-office charts.
- Approximately 25% of the dialog is not in English.
- John Barry agreed to score the film immediately after reading the script.
- Tom Berenger was considered as possibility for the role of Dunbar by the producers before Costner came on board.
- Kevin Costner couldn’t find a suitable director, so he decided to do it himself. His inexperience as a director caused early shooting delays.