Dakota (1988)





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A down-on-his-luck teenager (Lou Diamond Phillips) decides to work off his debt by taking a job as a horse-trainer with a Texas rancher. He later finds himself becoming part of the family.
Drama , Romance
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HBO Video


Lou Diamond Phillips
as John Dakota
Eli Cummins
as Walt Lechner
Jordan Burton
as Casey Lechner
Steve Ruge
as Bo Sandoval
John Hawkes
as Rooster
Tom Campitelli
as Rob Diamond
Herta Ware
as Aunt Zard
Lawrence Montaigne
as Mr. Diamond
Leslie Mullin
as Cynthia Diamond
Susan Crippin
as Alicia
Rodger Boyce
as Sheriff
Robert Ahola
as Mechanic
Helena Humann
as Gym Teacher
Mark Schulte
as Hospital Orderly
David Harrod
as Arm Wrestler #2
Daniel Massey
as Zard's Kid
Richard Wells
as Zard's Kid
Chris Christian
as Graduation Band
Chris Christian
as Graduation Band
Ben Jones
as Mr. Dakota
Susan Griffin
as Alicia
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Routine coming of age movie with below average acting and an exceedingly dull storyline with cliched characters and situations. Lots of shots of Phillips with his shirt off. The subplot with the disabled boy was corny and meant to be heart-warming but was silly and nothing of the sort.

Don Schick
Don Schick

The film means well, it isn't a bad film, it is just too sentimental and cute. It would have worked better if it had more bite to it, if the Lou Diamond Phillips character had more of an edge. The story is decent though. Watchable as well as forgettable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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