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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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Trivia

Both Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito portrayed arch villains in Tim Burton "Batman" franchise films, as the Joker and the Penguin, in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) respectively. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hermine, Moon's Old Gang: [to Henry Moon just prior to his hanging] You was the best I ever had... 'cept maybe for that circus fella.
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The Paramount logo plays in reverse. See more »

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Referenced in Opera (1987) See more »

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Music by Ry Cooder (uncredited)
Performed by Ry Cooder
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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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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