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Dances With Wolves

Kevin Costner starred, coproduced, and made his directorial debut in this three-hour epic (1990) about a Union lieutenant in the 1860s who gradually becomes a member of a Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. Sincere, capable, at times moving, but overextended, the picture is seriously hampered by a tendency to linger over everything—especially landscapes with silhouetted figures, and not excluding its own good intentions. For all the filmmakers' respect for the Sioux, this has surprisingly little to tell us about their culture, and the implicit link between the hero's wolf friend and his Sioux friends is emblematic of the film's sentimentality.


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