OPEN RANGE
2003, Buena Vista Pictures, 139 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Retired gunslinger Charley Waite (Kevin Costner) is forced to return to violence when the cattle crew he has formed with old friend Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) is threatened by enemies who endanger not only Waite’s way of life but his new romance with Sue Barlow (Annette Bening). Kevin Costner’s return to the Western genre delivers the traditional satisfactions of a classic and the audacious surprises of a true original, as it blends romance, adventure and history to explore profound adult issues without sacrificing entertainment value in the process.


DANCES WITH WOLVES
1990, MGM Repertory, 181 min, USA, Dir: Kevin Costner

Union Lieutenant Dunbar (Kevin Costner, who also directed) takes a new assignment on the Western frontier, where he comes into contact with the Sioux tribe and gradually comes to identify with them, falling in love with one of their women (Mary McDonnell), hunting buffalo and ultimately becoming a full-blown member of the tribe. A traitor in the eyes of his own people, Dunbar ultimately must decide to whom his allegiance truly belongs. Winner of seven Oscars including John Barry’s nod for best score.


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