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Jim Wilson is a film producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Dances with Wolves (1990).



In 1990, Wilson produced Dances with Wolves. It was adapted by Michael Blake, based on his novel. It was the highest-grossing Western film of all time, $424.2 million worldwide, and won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Score, and Best Film Editing.

Following the success of Dances with Wolves, Wilson produced another hit, The Bodyguard in 1992, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Released by Warner Bros. the film grossed $410.9 million worldwide. The soundtrack is the best-selling soundtrack in film history, selling over 44 million copies worldwide. It won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Wilson has continued to produce films, including Wyatt Earp, The Postman and Message in a Bottle. For television, Wilson executive-produced the award-winning 8-hour mini-series 500 Nations for CBS.


In addition to producing studio fare, Wilson has directed numerous features, including Stacy's Knights starring Kevin Costner, Head Above Water with Cameron Diaz and Harvey Keitel, Whirlygirl with Monet Mazur and a feature-length documentary Laffit – All About Winning.

In 2014 he finished 50 to 1, about a misfit group of New Mexico cowboys who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys must overcome impossible odds even before they reach Churchill Downs and the land of Kentucky's blue bloods. The film was released theatrically and acquired by Sony Pictures in 2015 for all worldwide rights.


He was producer for all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Ref.
1983 Stacy's Knights Executive producer
1986 Smart Alec
1990 Revenge Associate producer
Dances with Wolves
1992 The Bodyguard
1994 Rapa-Nui
Wyatt Earp
1996 Head Above Water
1997 The Postman
1999 Message in a Bottle
2006 Whirlygirl
2007 Mr. Brooks
2008 Swing Vote
2014 50 to 1 [1]
As director
Year Film
1983 Stacy's Knights
1986 Smart Alec
1996 Head Above Water
2006 Whirlygirl
2014 50 to 1
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1990 Dances with Wolves Doctor Uncredited
1994 Wyatt Earp Doctor for Virgil Earp
As writer
Year Film
1986 Smart Alec
2014 50 to 1


Year Title Credit Notes
1990−91 Hey Dude Associate producer
1995 500 Nations Documentary


  1. ^ "50 to 1". IMDb.