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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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6 October 1978 (USA)  »

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This western was filmed in Durango, Mexico which Mexicans call "La Tierra del Cine". At the time of production over seventy westerns had shot there and had been a regular filming location for John Wayne westerns. The Duke's son had built a western set construction town there which got rented out for movie productions. Goin' South (1978) utilized this locale making just a few re-purposed sign and color adjustments for the film to be shot in the same place as Wayne's recent earlier western Chisum (1970). Ironically, both Wayne and Nicholson have both portrayed characters called Jake, Wayne in Big Jake (1971) and Nicholson in Chinatown (1974) and later in The Two Jakes (1990). See more »


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


Henry Moon: Hold on, Towfield, you're wrinklin' my good luck ban-dan-na.
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The Paramount logo plays in reverse. See more »


Beautiful Dreamer
Written by Stephen Foster
[Sung at the party when Moon's gang comes to visit him.]
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Not a classic, but I've been repeating its lines for 25 years . . .
23 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The critics slammed this movie when it came out, as I recall. Exceedingly lofty expectations for Jack the director or something, I don't know. I just know that 25 years has made this movie better. I liked it from the start, and it seems that the rest of the world is coming around.

There are slow sections of this film, to be sure. But the great lines! "I wouldn't take you to a dog fight if you was the defendin' champion!" "We were just sayin' how much we needed a figurine." "Good mornin', ladies! I SHORE ENJOYED them CANNED APRICOTS LAST NIGHT!!!"

It bears up well to repeated watchings. What higher rating can a movie have?

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