Having been sent to a remote outpost in the wilderness of the Dakota territory during the American Civil War, Lieutenant John Dunbar encounters, and is eventually accepted into, the local Sioux tribe. He is known as “Dances with Wolves” to them and as time passes he becomes enamoured by the beautiful “Stands With a Fist”. Not soon after, the frontier becomes the frontier no more, and as the army advances on the plains, John must make a decision that will not only affect him, but also the lives of the natives he now calls his people. —IMDb
Costner made his film debut at age 19, in the 1974 film, Sizzle Beach, U.S.A., although the film was not released until 1986.
Costner made a very brief cameo in the 1982 Ron Howard film Night Shift, he is listed in the credits as ‘Frat Boy #2’ and appears at the climax of a frat-style, blow-out party in the New York City morgue, when the music is suddenly stopped by a frantic Henry Winkler, Costner can be seen holding a beer and looking surprised at the sudden halt of celebration.
He appeared in a commercial for the Apple Lisa and Table for Five in 1983, and, the same year, had a small role in the nuclear holocaust film Testament. Later, he was cast in The Big Chill and filmed several scenes that were planned as flashbacks, but they never made it to the final cut. His role was that of Alex, the friend who committed suicide, the event that brings the rest of the cast together. All that is seen of him are his slashed wrists as the mortician dresses his corpse in the movie’s… read more
"It's a story about a white guy. And Indians are the T & A..." --John Trudell on Dances with Wolves. (the quote continues, "...but it gets promoted as being about native people or Indians, but it's not really - we're just backdrop." [From the documentary Reel Injun])
In comparison with Last Samurai and Avatar, Dances with Wolves is the superior film. The directors cut makes it even better. It was the first of the three to have the storyline, a stronger soundtrack, and it uses actual scenery of the Midwest and inhabitants of the Sioux tribe. I felt like I was watching a repeat of this only with Japanese themes with Last Samurai, and Avatar is just a big overrated mess of CGI.
“Dances With Wolves” is another great period piece that I can watch at least once a year, never tiring of the western frontier against mesmerizing setting and John Barry’s Oscar-winning stirring music…… read review