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Henry Moon is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico. He finds that there is a post-Civil War law in the small town that any single or widowed woman can save him from the gallows by marrying him. Julia Tate needs a man to help her work her mine and marries him. The sheriff makes it very clear to Moon what the consequences of his leaving Julia will be. The two begin to try to form a relationship based on necessity in which they have nothing in common. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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For Henry Moon, life was just beginning. See more »

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Actor-director Jack Nicholson once said of his leading lady Mary Steenburgen that she was "...the actress of her generation. She's a blend of Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur, Jennifer Jones, and Bambi". See more »

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Moon's middle name is said several times in the film to be Lloyd, but on the deposit slip his name is written as "Henry X. Moon." See more »

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Henry Moon: Well! Anybody hungry?
Big Abe: [deadpan] Hungry! Shit, I could eat a frozen dog.
Henry Moon: Well, we'll go on out to the kitchen and see if we got one already froze.
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Referenced in The Fosters: Going South (2015) See more »

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Music by Ry Cooder (uncredited)
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A fairly mediocre comedy western
14 January 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Going' South is probably most famous as being a film directed by Jack Nicholson. It's a western about an outlaw called Henry Moon who is saved from execution by a sexually repressed woman who owns a gold mine. To his chagrin she immediately sets him to work there, needless to say they don't get along at first but then they do later on.

This is essentially an odd couple film. It plays things consistently for laughs but like the majority of comedy westerns it really isn't too funny. Nicholson may be a great actor but he isn't a very good director. The pacing lags badly in the second half but the story isn't terribly engaging overall. It also stars a host of actors who would go on to become stars in the 80's such as Danny Devito, John Belushi and Christopher Lloyd. But despite the potential that this cast suggests, most have very under-developed roles and it feels suspiciously like Nicholson invited them along just so that he could have a laugh on set. The western itself was in decline by the late 70's in any case and Going' South didn't bring anything new to the table to help change that. It's a film that seems to have a minor cult reputation but I didn't think it was too good and it's certainly one of Nicholson's lesser film outings.


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