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Goin' South (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  6 October 1978 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Saved from the hangman, for a fate worse than death! See more »

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Jack Nicholson original want to direct and star in a traditional Western movie called "Moontrap". The only studio offer him a deal was United Artists, which volunteered US $2-3 million but only if Nicholson also would be in the film. But Nicholson didn't want to star in the movie. Nicholson insisted the picture was logistically too ambitious for him to divide his attention between acting and directing. His acting fee was over US $1 million per picture. He volunteered to play Webb the grizzled old goat and to cover himself in gray hair with a matted beard. But over the time George C. Scott, Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando, Jon Voight and Dennis Hopper were approached to play Webb. The movie had a screenplay by Alan Sharpe. So in the end Nicholson dropped the project and turned his attention instead to Goin' South (1978). Nicholson once said: "But I didn't want it to be ten years before I directed again [it had been about seven years since Nicholson had directed his last picture Drive, He Said (1971)]. I also had another acting job for Stanley Kubrick [in The Shining (1980)] coming up" so Nicholson decided to star in and direct Goin' South (1978). See more »

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Moon is on the gallows to be hanged, but the gallows has a solid platform with no visible trap door. See more »

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Henry Moon: Well, I ain't no slab of meat to be auctioned off, but, what the hell. Fine by me.
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Deserved more praise than it got.
17 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw it when it first came out in the 1970's and thought it deserved more praise than it got. It is mostly an entertainment comedy with such lines as "You weren't that hard to find. You were standing in the middle of town with a rope around your neck." I read someplace where Mary Steenburgen had been working as a waitress in an Arizona dinner and Nicholson stopped in and thought she would be perfect for the part. I think there is some very touching scenes between Nicholson and Steenburgen that are well written and acted. Except for Christopher Lloyd the rest of the cast is wasted. I think the only reason John Belushi is in the movie is because Nicholson wanted to meet him. At that time Saturday Night Live was considered radical chic.


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