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


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Trivia

Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, and Candice Bergen were considered the role of Julia Tate (Julia Tate Moon), while Anne Bancroft and Jane Fonda turned down the part. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Henry Moon: I'll never forget you, Hermione. You was the first woman I didn't have to pay for.
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo plays in reverse. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »

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Music by Ry Cooder (uncredited)
Performed by Ry Cooder
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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Perfect in every way

Incredibly underrated flick - great from from start to finish with a perfect blend of action, romance and laughs. First saw it as a teen on HBO a year or two after its theatrical release and it remains one of my absolute all time favorite movies. Great story, dialogue and cast. Nicholson shines as an actor and director while displaying delightful wry comedic timing. Filled with classic scenes and quotable lines. I would guess I've watched "Goin' South" several dozen times and enjoyed every second. If you haven't seen this gem, trust the positive reviews, ignore the misguided negative reviews and check it out.


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