This was a second viewing for me. I saw it a few years ago, loved it then, love it now.
In my opinion, Costner's depiction of how things were between Indians and White Men was true to form. I tend to like books and movies that show both sides of the coin, so to speak, and this movie did so.
Yes, the behaviour of the white men was over-played; surely all white people aren't that mean. But you have to figure, at that time the kind of men we see portrayed in that movie were products of their own time.
The timeline the movie is set in, isn't your modern-day world where everyone is careful about what they say and how they view other races of people.
That is how a lot of people reacted to native people. There were bad guys on our side too.
Something I liked about this movie was that women were not shown as being second-rate members of the tribe. They were treated decently and respected. We can well imagine there were some groups who did not treat their women well, but we can also imagine there were white men who also abused women.
I was impressed with the extra coverage that came with our DVD set. I was surprised to know that the cast went to the trouble of learning the language of the D'akota. And I was surprised to know that not all native people know how to speak the ancient languages.
One of the most poignant scenes in the movie is when Kevin Costner gets the wolf to take meat from his hand. It was very sad when the wolf was shot.
I cannot think of any parts of this movie that did not hold my interest.
I am so impressed by the movie, that I have ordered the book, and the audio version of the original novel.
Carly Svamvour - Writer - Toronto, Canada