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A predictable movie. A widower needs a women to help run his farm, so "buys" one (by paying off her debt) and treats her like dirt. Of course she is everything the widower ever wanted, and they all live happily everafter.
Although I liked Connery and Pfeiffer's acting, I found that actually understanding the significance of the notebooks and what happens with them was difficult. I had to watch it more than once to understand it.
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I only own two movies and this is one of them. Kevin Costner is John Dunbar - a soldier who lands up as the only soldier at an isolated frontier outpost. He sets about preparing the frontier for his fellow soldiers to arrive. In the meantime, he meets and interacts with the local natives. I guess this movie romanticizes the natives, but eventually Dunbar identifies with the Sioux. He learns to understand the needs and fears of the Sioux. The scenes with Graham Greene (the holy man) and Mary McDonnell (a Caucasian who was captured as a child and is native now) are the strength of the movie. They embody the a respect for fellow man. Because of this, in the encounter near the end of the movie between Dunbar and the soldiers, you cannot help but side with Dunbar - and hope for the Sioux when they come to rescue "Dances with Wolves". The ending is one of hope, where the movie could easily have been ended much more tragically.
One of my personal top ten movies. How can you not like a story about a mild-mannered man wrongly convicted of murder who can find a way to maintain his dignity in a place like Shawshank!