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"What was the point of his character?" His death removes the last living person that would've known where Dunbar was heading, setting the stage for his having time to develop his relationship with the Sioux etc. "Why is Major Fambrough acting all crazy?" Its implied that he's an alcoholic.


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The scene with major Fambrough is very entertaining, but leaves some out from the script I found. In it, Fambrough acts crazy throughout, but gets decidedly worse right after Dunbar leaves, right before the suicide shot that Dunbar hears as the wagon rolls out of town.In the script, Fambrough leaves the office naked, except for a plumed hat, his sword, and ...


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Several aspects of the symptoms could also be from syphalis and opiat addiction which both were common in that time period.


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The way I saw it, Fambrough was a sad little king of a sad little kingdom. He probably envisioned his work to be to bring civilization to the frontier, but the frontier kept moving west and he got left behind. When he encounters Dunbar, he is confronted with unbearable truths. His frontier kingdom is an illusion, his power is meaningless, and before him ...


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It's been years since I saw Dances With Wolves, but I remember my "only watches true stories" father-in-law asking me the same question about that scene. Pretty sure it's an indication that Dunbar has gotten so far away from the center of civilization that the only people crazy enough to go out this far are ... well ... crazy. Or they go crazy from being ...


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In the voice over provided by Dunbar/Costner as he arrives at Fort Hayes, Kansas he states, "The bloody slaughter continues in the East..." Though Maj. Fambrough is obviously an unstable alcoholic, I've always thought his reference to "The King is dead; long live the King" may mean that word has arrived of Lincoln's assassination. If correct, then the war ...


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The author of the screen play was Michael Blake, who, two years earlier, at urging of Kevin Costner, wrote the novel Dances with Wolves. I know the question is about the movie, but I thought I'd talk about the original novel. Below is cited from the novel: Lieutenant Dunbar had it pegged better than he knew, because this major had, for some time, ...



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