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Goin' South (1978)

Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse-thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the sheriff, the bank - and each other.

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Texas, shortly after the Civil War. Henry Moon is an outlaw, on the run from the law. He is captured trying to escape to Mexico and taken back to town to be hanged. The town has a special law that a condemned man can walk free if one of the single women of the town offer to marry him. Henry is in luck - at the last moment Julia Tate offers to marry him, and pretty soon they are married. However, Henry soon discovers that Julia's motives are purely business-orientated - she needs someone to work the mine on her property. This makes for a very cold marriage. Written by grantss

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In a 'Rolling Stone' magazine interview with Lawrence Eisenberg in 1982, actress Mary Steenburgen once said of her casting in this film: "By the time something like that happens, you've had so many years of elation and disappointment that you begin to treat your heart very carefully. Earlier in the week, a job I'd been told I had in a television pilot was yanked out from under me and given to a blond with big boobs". The next day, Steenburgen got to do a ten-minute read with Jack Nicholson that in the end ran for around two hours. Steenburgen added: "When I left, I was so excited I screamed for thirty floors in the elevator of the Gulf & Western Building. Nobody could imagine what was happening in my mind not just in terms of work but life wise. I had no perspective. I didn't know if I was going to be an overnight international film star or back at the Magic Pan" [where Steenburgen had worked as a restaurant waitress]. 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: I'll never forget you, Hermione. You was the first woman I didn't have to pay for.
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The Paramount logo plays in reverse. See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
[Sung at the party when Moon's gang comes to visit him.]
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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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