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Goin' South -- JACK NICHOLSON plays Henry Moon, a third-rate outlaw, in this romantic comedy set in the 1860s.


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John Herman Shaner (story) &
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Release Date:
6 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Saved from the hangman, for a fate worse than death! See more »
Henry Moon is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Jack Nicholson 
Writing credits
John Herman Shaner (story) &
Al Ramrus (story)

John Herman Shaner (screenplay) &
Al Ramrus (screenplay) and
Charles Shyer (screenplay) &
Alan Mandel (screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Gittes .... producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
Original Music by
Perry Botkin Jr. 
Van Dyke Parks 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
John Fitzgerald Beck 
Richard Chew 
Production Design by
Toby Carr Rafelson 
Art Direction by
Agustín Ituarte  (as Agustin Ytuarte)
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
María de Jesús Lepe .... hair stylist (as Ma. de Jesus Lepe)
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alberto A. Ferrer .... production manager
Marco Aurelio Ortiz .... assistant production manager
Clark L. Paylow .... unit manager (as Clark Paylow)
Sergio David Prieto .... assistant production manager (as David Prieto)
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... second assistant director (as William Beasley)
Michael Daves .... first assistant director
Jesús Marín .... assistant director (as Jesus Marin)
Art Department
Tony Castañola .... set dresser assistant
Antonio Mata .... head prop man
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator
Marty Wunderlich .... property master
Sound Department
Art Rochester .... production sound mixer (as Arthur Rochester)
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Raúl Camarena .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
May Boss .... stunts (as May R. Boss)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Deats .... key grip
Rafael Delong .... crane grip
Hugh K. Gagnier .... additional photographer (as Hugh Gagnier)
Alfredo Ruvalcaba .... best boy
Manuel Santaella .... camera operator
Hal Trussell .... gaffer
Casting Department
Luis Sánchez .... extras casting (as Luis Sanchez)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas S. Dawson .... costumer: men (as Thomas Dawson)
Alfonso Govea .... wardrober men
Frances Kandelin Harrison .... costumer: women
Juana Oliver .... wardrober women
Alicia Soto .... dress maker
Editorial Department
Carlos Puente .... assistant editor
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Ken Lauber .... composer: additional music
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Ricardo Frera .... production assistant
Don Henry .... production accountant
Nancy Coan Kaclik .... assistant to producer
Francisco Ledesma .... delegate: actors
Chayo Lopez .... production associate
Joe O'Har .... location manager
Guillermo Panuco .... wrangler
Pedro Pérez Rivera .... medic
Kathleen Dolan Sumner .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Anita Terrian .... assistant to producer
Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
Robert Wilson .... wrangler
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez .... wrangler (uncredited)
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105 min | USA:109 min (DVD version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Mono)
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Did You Know?

The picture's Goin' South (1978) promotional materials formed a large heart symbol out of the bottom serif of the "t" character in the movie's title logo reflecting the movie's romantic-comedy storyline.See more »
Continuity: Moon's middle name is said several times in the film to be Lloyd, but on the deposit slip his name is written as "Henry X. Moon."See more »
[to a homely woman who's sizing him up for matrimony]
Henry Moon:I wouldn't take you to a dog-fight if you was the defendin' champ!
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Referenced in Opera (1987)See more »
Scarf DanceSee more »


Would this be the first film that Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Lloyd made together...???
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A gem, 6 November 2001
Author: bill johnson

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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