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I realize now that I have been wrong. All this time I've been waiting. Waiting for what? For someone to find me? For Indians to take my horse? To see a buffalo? Since I arrived at this post, I have been walking on eggs. It has become a bad habit and I am sick of it.

Tomorrow morning I will ride out to the Indians. I do not know the outcome or the wisdom of this thinking. But I have become a target, and a target makes a poor impression.

I am through waiting!

-Dunbar's Journal

The Cast

image Kevin Costner as Lieutenant John Dunbar
"The night sounds have become so familiar as to be comforting. My life on the prairie's a good one and for the most part, I am content. The Indians have a great pull for me that goes beyond curiosity. There's something wise about them and I find myself drawn to them in ways much stronger than my obligations to the military."

image Kevin Costner as Dances With Wolves
"It was hard to know how to feel. I'd never been in a battle like this one. There was no dark political objective. I felt a pride I had never felt before. I had never really known who John Dunbar was. Perhaps because the name itself had no meaning. But as I heard my Sioux name being called over and over, I knew for the first time who I really was."

image Mary McDonnell as Stands With A Fist
"And there was one woman who didn't like me much. And one day she was calling me these bad names with her face in my face and I hit her. I was not very big but she fell down. She fell hard and didn't move. And I stood over her with my fist and asked if there was any other woman who wanted to call me bad names. No one bothered me after that day."

image Graham Greene as Kicking Bird
"I saw a man. He might be a god. Or a white chief with special abilities. That is why we should talk with him. So when I see one man alone without fear in our country, I do not think he is lost. I think he may have medicine. I see someone who might speak for all the white people who are coming. I think this is a person with which treaties might be struck."

image Rodney A. Grant as Wind In His Hair
"Turn around. You look good. You know, the man she mourned for, he was my best friend. He was a good man. It has been hard for me to like you. I am not the thinker Kicking Bird is. I always feel anger first. There were no answers to my questions. But now I think he went away because you were coming. That is how I see it."

image Floyd Red Crow Westerman as Ten Bears
"Dances With Wolves is quiet these days. Is his heart bad? You are the only white man I have ever known. I have thought about you a lot. More than you know. But I think you are wrong. The man the soldiers are looking for no longer exists. Now there is only a Sioux named Dances With Wolves..."

image Jimmy Herman as Stone Calf
"Some of your words are wrong but you are learning fast. That is good. She is in mourning. She cries for someone. It is not polite to speak of the dead, but you are new so I will tell you. She cries for her husband. He was killed not long ago. That is how you came to find her on the prairie."

image Tantoo Cardinal as Black Shawl
"The whole village was eager to take up a collection on my behalf. The generosity of the People was astonishing. The more valued the gift, the more easily it was given. Even the poor families wanted to give up animals they could not afford. Black Shawl was a mystery. I couldn't guess what she was thinking and she offered no advice, no words of encouragement."

image Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse as Smiles A Lot
"Time seems irrelevant except for the fact that I am bored and these hours alone are endless. The truth is I am missing the company of my friends. I can see all of their faces, but somehow it is not enough. Tomorrow, I will pay them a visit. It may be forward of me but what can it hurt? After all, they are my neighbors."

image Wes Studi as Toughest Pawnee
"Only a white man would make a fire for everyone to see. We have nothing to show for this trail. We have no rifles. White men are sure to have rifles. I would rather die than argue about a single line of smoke in my own country."

image Justin as Cisco
"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. I was also awarded Cisco, the trusty mount that carried me across the field that day. And on full recovery was given transfer to any station I desired. The bloody slaughter continues in the East as I arrive at Fort Hays..."

image Teddy & Buck as Two Socks
"There's a wolf who seems intent on the goings-on here. He does not seem inclined to be a nuisance, however, and aside from Cisco has been my only company. He's appeared each afternoon for the past two days. He has two milky white paws. If he comes calling tomorrow, I will name him Two Socks."


Directed by: Kevin Costner
Produced by: Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner
Executive Producer: Jake Eberts

Screenplay by: Michael Blake
Mr. Blake passed away on May 2, 2015 - our sincerest condolences to his family and friends
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Edited by: Neil Travis, A.C.E.
Director of Photography: Dean Semler, A.C.S.
Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft
Costume Designer: Elsa Zamparelli

Music Composed and Conducted by: John Barry
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