TUCSON, ARIZONA — Michael Blake, the screenwriter of “Dances with Wolves” died Sunday from a long illness in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Blake was 69.
“Dances with Wolves” is a 1990 film that won seven Oscars at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film was made with a budget of $18 million and went on to gross $424 million worldwide.
The film featured several American Indian/First Nation actors, such as Graham Greene, Rodney Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Nathan Lee Chasing and Jimmy Herman.
Based on Blake’s novel with the same name, “Dances with Wolves,” was written about the Comanche Indians from Oklahoma. However, the film was moved to South Dakota because Oklahoma did not enough buffalo required for the filmmakers. The film relied on Lakota dialogue, a Sioux dialect, using subtitles in English. The novel sold 3.5 copies and was translated into 22 languages.