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Goin' South (1978)

 -  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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Jack Nicholson original want to direct and star in Moon Trap. The only studio offer the deal was United Artist, which volunteered $2-3 million (only if Nicholson would star in the film). But Nicholson didn't want to star in the film. He insisted the film was logistically too ambitious for him to divide his attention between acting and directing. His acting fee was over $1 million per picture. He volunteered to play Webb the grizzle old goat-to cover himself in gray hair and 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 was screenplay by Alan Sharpe. So Nicholson dropped the project and turned his attention to Goin' South. 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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Beautiful Dreamer
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[Sung at the party when Moon's gang comes to visit him.]
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A Rare Movie That Deserves Seeing Again and Again !
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rarely see the same movie more than once. Although I love movies, repeated viewings tend to be tedious and boring. Not so this wonderful picture which was Jack Nicholson's directing debut. I watch Going' South over and over and find something new each time. I believe that is one mark of a well-made and well-written movie.

From the opening scenes with Moon's horse keeling over as he dances celebrating his "get away" to the tender moments between Moon and Julia after they divide up the gold, I find this movie gives and keeps on giving.

Henry Moon's lines are hilarious and delivered only as Jack can do. Mary Steenburgen delivers a performance as good as any first time to the screen and the other characters are played wonderfully by current and soon-to-be stars of TV and cinema.

I love turning people on to this movie. I never get tired of watching it-I bet you won't either!


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