Dances with Wolves

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Ending / spoiler

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Lt. Dunbar (Costner) returns to his post after a long stay with the Sioux, to find that the post is being occupied by Union soldiers. They mistake him for a Sioux and shoot down his horse. As they take him away to have him killed, a bunch of the soldiers shoot Two Socks, and kill him. Wind in his Hair and a few other Sioux, catches up to them. They kill the soldiers and rescue Dunbar. Dunbar warns the tribe that he is now a target to the army, and that if they find him, they will surely wipe out the tribe also. Ten Bears believes him, but assures him that he doesn't exist as Lt. John Dunbar anymore, he is known as a Sioux warrior named Dances with Wolves. The soldiers closing in, find the abandoned camp of the Sioux, if not for Dunbar, they would've all been killed. Dunbar and Stands With a Fist (McDonnell) travel back to convince the white men to make peace with the Sioux.

David Dunn

Continuity mistake: The piece of meat that Dunbar offers the wolf changes shape and size dramatically throughout that scene.

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John Dunbar: The strangeness of this life cannot be measured: in trying to produce my own death, I was elevated to the status of a living hero.

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Trivia: The wolf in the film was played by two different wolves. Neither knew how to howl, so a third wolf had to be brought in for the howling scene.

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Question: Maybe I just missed something, but what's going on with Dunbar's military superior that he meets at the fort out west? He seems to think he's a king or something, referring to the frontier as the "realm" and Dunbar's travel companion as a "peasant." At the end of the scene he salutes Dunbar very sarcastically and then shoots himself. What does any of that have to do with the story?

Krista

Chosen answer: It shows that the officer was mentally disturbed, and he was the only one in the fort who knew about Dunbar's assignment. It sets the story up so that Dunbar could live with the Indians without the Army interfering with his life (No one expected any communications to or from Dunbar).

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