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

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Comedy | Western

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Con el lazo al cuello  »

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One of a number of collaborations of actors Danny DeVito and Jack Nicholson. The pair have also both appeared in Mars Attacks! (1996), Terms of Endearment (1983), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), with DeVito also directing Nicholson in Hoffa (1992). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
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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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