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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Morris ...
Coogan, Moon's Old Gang
Gerald H. Reynolds ...
Polty, Rail Road Manager
Lorette Anderson
George W. Smith ...
Mr. Anderson
Diane Haber
Whitey Haber
Maureen Byrnes ...
Mrs. Warren


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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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con el lazo al cuello  »

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$7,435,671, 31 December 1978
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Did You Know?


Jack Nicholson once said jokingly of this movie: "The director of this film is one selfish, demanding egomaniac, and the leading man isn't much better. All he wants to do is lie down in front of an air conditioner the whole day!" See more »


When the 'ordinance brides' come round for a chat, Julia offers them Lapsang Oolong. It should be either Lapsang Souchong or Oolong. See more »


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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The Paramount logo plays in reverse. See more »


Referenced in Batman (1989) See more »


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Music by Ry Cooder (uncredited)
Performed by Ry Cooder
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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A gem
6 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time favorites. 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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