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'Dances With Wolves'

June 18, 1995|Peter Rainer

Kevin Costner (pictured) both starred in and directed this 1990 film about a white man's communion with Native Americans, and it was a multi-Oscar winner. The film was so long--3 hours--that, before its release, some dubbed it Kevinsgate (a term now being used, with perhaps more reason, for his upcoming "Waterworld"). There's a lot of noble savage stuff in here parading as New Age brothers-under-the-skin stuff; Costner gives himself more close-ups than Elizabeth Taylor received in "Cleopatra." Still, it has its stirring moments, including a great, thundering buffalo charge (which may be less than thunderous on the TV screen.) (Showtime Saturday at 8 p.m.).

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