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See the Black Hills and Badlands on the Big Screen in "Nomadland" and Other Cinematic Classics

  • See the Black Hills and Badlands on the Big Screen in "Nomadland" and Other Cinematic Classics
    See the Black Hills and Badlands on the Big Screen in "Nomadland" and Other Cinematic Classics
Updated: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021
By : 
Cydney

You truly have to experience the Black Hills and Badlands in person to appreciate this monumental region in western South Dakota. However, seeing the region on the big screen is a close second. 

The critically acclaimed film 'Nomadland' is creating quite the buzz in the industry this awards season. 'Nomadland' certainly isn't the first feature film to use the Black Hills and Badlands as a backdrop. Take a cinematic adventure through the Black Hills and Badlands with a look at these films shot in the area.

Nomadland (2020)

In the newest film shot in the Black Hills and Badlands, Frances McDormand plays Fern, the modern-day "nomad" on her journey across the United States. 'Nomadland' features several locations throughout the region including, Wall Drug, Reptile Gardens, Badlands National Park, National Grassland Visitor Center and Custer State Park

Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

 

Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

 

North by Northwest (1959)
 

Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 masterpiece put South Dakota on the cinematic map. The film uses the iconic Mount Rushmore for its finale scene. 

Photo courtesy Internet Movie Database

Photo courtesy Internet Movie Database

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Fast forward to 1990 when "Dances With Wolves" swept the Oscars that year. You can still see some of the set at Fort Hays Old West Town & Dinner Show. Also, take in the rich history of the Lakota at Tatanka: Story of the Bison (founded by Kevin Costner). 

© 1990 MGM

Starship Troopers (1997)

Badlands National Park is often referred to as "otherworldly." The 1997 Sci-fi thriller "Starship Troopers" used it exactly like that--another planet. 

Photo courtesy Internet Movie Database

Photo courtesy Internet Movie Database

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

In this 2007 action-adventure flick, Nicolas Cage visits Mount Rushmore on his journey to find a hidden treasure. 

Photo by ROBERT ZUCKERMAN - © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved.

Photo by ROBERT ZUCKERMAN - © Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer, Inc. All rights reserved.

Feeling inspired to see these iconic locations for yourself? Visit the Plan your Trip page and start planning your own monumental experience. 

 

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