Dakota (1945)



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A young Midwestern couple (John Wayne, Vera Ralston) travel west to the Dakota territory to make a new life for themselves. Instead, they find greedy land-grabbers who swindle simple farmers into selling their land for much less than its worth. When the couple refuses to sell their home, they are forced to defend it from the crooks.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Estabrook, Lawrence Hazard
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 2002



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Critic Reviews for Dakota

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A weak adventure featuring John Wayne (before he became a star), mostly known today for its unsuccesful effort of making Czech Vera Raltson a Hollywood star.

Full Review… | June 5, 2010

Languid at times and poorly paced.

Full Review… | September 4, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Dakota

It feels like a long lost Howard Hawks movie, almost every one of his trademarks is present. The one man army, Walter Brennan, catchy dialogue and just about everything else. I would say the only problem is that the movie's just too short. These are great characters that I would've loved to see mature over a larger story. John Wayne is his trademark self, unstoppable and the most noble man in a sea of outlaws and criminals. Walter Brennan is hilarious as always, probably one of the greatest comedians to ever live. Ward Bond does a good job as an extremely manipulative villain, it's a shame he never played too many.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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