3 Movies with the Main Filming Locations in South Dakota

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Many filmmakers love the beauty of South Dakota, which results in many famous movies set in South Dakota!

South Dakota is a state in the upper Midwest region of the United States. The territory is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Indian tribes, which historically dominated the park. Although the state is the seventeenth largest by area, it is the fifth least populous and the fifth least densely populated of the 50 states.

Here are 3 of the movies with the central filming locations in South Dakota:

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

In National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Nicholas Cage portrays Benjamin Franklin Gates, founder of the Knights Templar, an iconic figure. Now, another treasure hunter named Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) has found a page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth containing clues to the location of a lost city of gold. As Ben competes with Mitch to find the lost city, he travels to France and Great Britain to find clues and peeks into the President's secret diary. Furthermore, Ben's parents and friends help him find the lost city and stay one step ahead of Mitch.

Filming locations:

  • Sylvan Lake, South Dakota, USA
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Highway 244, Keystone, South Dakota, USA

Incident at Oglala (1992)

The incident at Oglala was set in 1975; two FBI agents were killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. During a time of high tensions on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, two FBI agents were killed in a shootout with a group of Indians on June 26, 1975. Leonard Peltier, the only man who was found guilty of killing the agents, was one of several men charged. During the film, Peltier is shown to have been unjustly convicted based on the events surrounding the shootout.

Filming locations:

  • Jumping Bull Compound, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA
  • Oglala, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA
  • South Dakota, USA

Why Sturgis? (2005)

Sturgis, South Dakota, hosts the world's oldest and largest motorcycle rally but shares its history with Native Americans, soldiers, agriculture, and the national anthem. A look at the Black Hills and the town that bears its name, the beginnings of the rally, and ways to make tourism a source of income in the state are in "Why Sturgis?"

Filming location:

  • South Dakota, USA

Bonus: Here are more movies with the central filming locations in South Dakota, USA:

  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
  • Little Big Man (1970)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • Badlands (1973)
  • Thunderheart (1992)
  • Son in Law (1993)
  • Powwow Highway (1989)
  • The Story of Mount Rushmore: America in Stone (1994 Video)
  • The Purchase Price (1932)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)

What can you say about these movies? If you know more movies with the central filming locations in South Dakota, please let us know in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Dakota

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Treasure:_Book_of_Secrets

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465234/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Oglala

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104504/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482637/?ref_=ttloc_loc_tt

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