History Film / DancesWithWolves

17th Jun '16 8:19:17 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Although more accurate than previous films in its depiction of the West and native peoples, it still has innacurracies. First, the whites are shown as hunting buffalo solely to take skins. This was not yet the case in 1865, and would only begin in 1871. At that point buffalo were still hunted by the whites for meat. Secondly, the Lakota are portrayed as simply defending themselves, and the Pawnee are evil allies of the US government. However, it was actually the Lakota who had been the aggressors against the Pawnee, moving into the Plains in the late 1700s from the northeast. This is ''why'' tribes such as the Pawnee, Arikawa and Crow were allies of the US government against the Lakota (not that it helped them later, of course), since the Lakota had been pushing them out of their land. While the Pawnee could be brutal, they were no more so than the Lakota. Of course, this is simply to show the viewer who the good and bad guys are, without complicating matters.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Although more accurate than previous films in its depiction of the West and native peoples, it still has innacurracies. First, the whites are shown as hunting buffalo solely to take skins. This was not yet the case in 1865, and would only begin in 1871. At that point buffalo were still hunted by the whites for meat. Secondly, the Lakota are portrayed as simply defending themselves, and the Pawnee are evil allies of the US government. However, it was actually the Lakota who had been the aggressors against the Pawnee, moving into the Plains in the late 1700s from the northeast. This is ''why'' tribes such as the Pawnee, Arikawa Arikara and Crow were allies of the US government against the Lakota (not that it helped them later, of course), since the Lakota had been pushing them out of their land. While the Pawnee could be brutal, they were no more so than the Lakota. Of course, this is simply to show the viewer who the good and bad guys are, without complicating matters.
17th Jun '16 8:10:57 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Although more accurate than previous films in its depiction of the West and native peoples, it still has innacurracies. First, the whites are shown as hunting buffalo solely to take skins. This was not yet the case in 1865, and would only begin in 1871. At that point buffalo were still hunted by the whites for meat. Secondly, the Lakota are portrayed as simply defending themselves, and the Pawnee are evil allies of the US government. However, it was actually the Lakota who had been the aggressors against the Pawnee, moving into the Plains in the late 1700s from the northeast. This is ''why'' tribes such as the Pawnee, Arikawa and Crow were allies of the US government against the Lakota (not that it helped them later, of course), since the Lakota had been pushing them out of their land. While the Pawnee could be brutal, they were no more so than the Lakota. Of course, this is simply to show the viewer who the good and bad guys are, without complicating matters.
19th Apr '16 12:48:00 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* LaserGuidedKarma: The white soldiers who abused Dances with Wolves and killed Two Socks and Cisco are dispatched in particularly brutal fashion by the Sioux rescue party. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lt Elgin's]] fate is a somewhat positive example-- he's rewarded for his fair treatment of Dances with Wolves with a swift and almost immediate death.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: The white soldiers who abused Dances with Wolves and killed Two Socks and Cisco are dispatched in particularly brutal fashion by the Sioux rescue party. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lt Elgin's]] fate is a somewhat positive example-- he's rewarded for his fair treatment of Dances with Wolves with a swift and almost immediate instantaneous death.
19th Apr '16 12:47:31 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* LaserGuidedKarma: The white soldiers who abused Dances with Wolves and killed Two Socks and Cisco are dispatched in particularly brutal fashion by the Sioux rescue party. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lt Elgin's]] fate is a somewhat positive example-- he's rewarded for his fair treatment of Dances with Wolves with a swift and almost immediate death.
4th Apr '16 11:19:48 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* CoolClearWater: Averted at the last second, as John notices a lake he about to take water from is surrounded/filled with animal corpses.

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* CoolClearWater: Averted at the last second, as John notices a lake he he's about to take water from is surrounded/filled with animal corpses.
3rd Apr '16 12:49:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The Sioux. No wonder they made Costner a member of the tribe.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The Sioux. No wonder they made Costner a member of the tribe.
2nd Dec '15 12:11:30 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* ForWantOfANail: Downplayed in the movie, but the odious Timmons becomes a fairly important character when you realize that in the beginning ''he's the last person alive who knows that Dunbar is stationed at Fort Sedgewick''. If it weren't for his death at the hands of the Pawnee, the entire story might have had a completely different turnout.


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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Downplayed in the movie, but the odious Timmons becomes a fairly important character when you realize that in the beginning ''he's the last person alive who knows that Dunbar is stationed at Fort Sedgewick''. If it weren't for his death at the hands of the Pawnee, the entire story might have had a completely different outcome.
18th Oct '15 6:26:17 PM pwiegle
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* DawsonCasting: Averted; it was decided that Stands With A Fist should be played by a mature woman, not a young girl. In fact, Mary McDonnell is three years older than Kevin Costner.
18th Oct '15 6:25:30 PM pwiegle
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* DawsonCasting: Averted; it was decided that Stands With A Fist should be played by a mature woman, not a young girl. In fact, Mary McDonnell is three years older than Kevin Costner.
30th Aug '15 2:19:25 PM evilwillhunting
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* {{Alcoholic}}: Major Fambrough is implied to be one: when he opens his desk drawer, (presumably liquor) bottles clink and rattle.

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* {{Alcoholic}}: TheAlcoholic: Major Fambrough is implied to be one: when he opens his desk drawer, (presumably liquor) bottles clink and rattle.
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