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Valentine Casey is a Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Dwight Yoakam 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stan Bertheaud 
Otto Felix  story
Dennis Hackin  story
Dwight Yoakam  screenplay
Dwight Yoakam  story

Produced by
R. Anthony Brown .... associate producer (as Tony Brown)
Dov Cohen .... associate producer
Otto Felix .... associate producer
Janet Fox-Kaufler .... associate producer
Gray Frederickson .... producer
Oscar Gubernati .... executive co-producer
Dennis Hackin .... associate producer
Darris Hatch .... producer
Carl Maza .... associate producer
Buck Owens .... executive producer
Abe Shainberg .... co-executive producer
Josh Shainberg .... associate producer
Jim Smith .... associate producer
James Smythe .... associate producer
Auri Spigelman .... associate producer (as Dr. Auri Spigelman)
Jack Wegh .... associate producer
Original Music by
Pete Anderson 
Dwight Yoakam 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
Film Editing by
Robert A. Ferretti 
Mike Murphy 
Casting by
Robert McGee 
Linda Phillips-Palo 
Darlene Wyatt 
Production Design by
Siobhan Roome 
Art Direction by
Lee Ross 
Set Decoration by
Helen Britten 
Costume Design by
Le Dawson 
Makeup Department
Lynn E. Champagne .... key hair stylist (as Lynn Champagne)
Jamie Escarra .... assistant hair stylist (as Jamie Escara)
Tracy Murphy .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Wilder .... hair stylist
Beau Wilson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
R. Anthony Brown .... unit production manager
Anne McCaffrey .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doug Brown .... second second assistant director
John Elmore .... second assistant director
John Longenecker .... second unit director
Craig A. Pinckes .... first assistant director
Tod Swindell .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Bagesse .... painter
Jim Breining .... lead scenic artist
Jack Cornelius .... greens
Al Davila .... painter
Dirk Dugan .... gang boss
Santi Hito .... on-set dresser
Richard M. Jones .... construction coordinator (as Rich Morgan)
Jim Kindt .... swing
Darryl Lewers .... painter
Saul Lieberman .... carpenter
Gene Looney .... assistant props
Sean Lyons .... assistant art director
Douglas E. Madison .... property master
Jon Marum .... paint foreman
Syd Moore .... swing
Herb Morris .... swing
Ted Poper .... gang boss
Karl Swauger .... carpenter
Keith Van Velson .... carpenter
Lynny Warner .... lead man
Greg Zenz .... carpenter
Sound Department
Bruce Barris .... assistant sound editor
John Brasher .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel R. Chavez .... supervising sound executive
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Carlos Isais .... sound recordist
Kate Jesse .... boom operator
Fred Johnston .... utility sound
Jerry Jordan .... sound re-recording mixer
John Leveque .... supervising sound editor
Manny Leyva .... sound utility
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Andrea M. Metty .... sound services manager
Anthony Milch .... sound effects editor (as Anthony R. Milch)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
James L. Pearson .... sound editor
Lisa Pinero .... production sound mixer
Doug Reed .... foley artist
Scott Rusch .... foley mixer
Mimi Starrett .... sound services manager
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound designer
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Bart Dion .... special effects foreman
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
Gary Dion .... special effects assistant
Michael Dion .... special effects assistant
Tony Lee Boggs .... utility stunts
Chris Branham .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator
Rick Dennis .... stunt double
Bart Dion .... stunts
Dennis Dion .... stunts
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
George Fisher .... stunt coordinator
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Shawn Howell .... stunts
Trish Howell .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jauregui)
Cliff McLaughlin .... stunt double
Joyce McNeal .... stunts
Darwin Mitchell .... stunts
Jamie Jo Mitchell .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Robert Bullard .... second assistant camera: "c" camera (as Rob Bullard)
Tom Cherry .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kenny S. Christiansen .... rigging gaffer (as Kenny Christiansen)
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kennith Erickson .... grip
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: "b" camera
Eric Freitchen .... lighting technician
Fred Gibson .... best boy electric
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Dennis Hall .... camera operator
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator
Paul Hughen .... camera operator
Paul Hughen .... director of photography: second unit
Fred Johnson .... video assist operator
Jud Kehl .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Judd Kehl)
Gary A. Kilgore .... electrician
John Longenecker .... director of photography: second unit
William MacCabe .... lighting technician
Brandon Madore .... grip
Jerry L. Madore .... key grip
Bob Maxwell .... grip
Larry Niemi .... gaffer: second unit
Ron Peterson .... second assistant camera
Tony J. Pirri .... best boy grip
Gary W. Shaw .... dolly grip
John A. Small .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as John Small)
Kenny K. Tong .... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as Kenny Tong)
Mark Wilson .... grip
Greg Zenz .... lighting technician
Ron Anderson .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kim Meade .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bud Clark .... key costumer
Maggie McFarland .... set costumer
Editorial Department
John Dobrich .... negative cutter
Saul Escobedo .... color timer
Keith Henderson .... assistant editor
Sophiah Koikas .... post-production secretary
Yoon Sin Park .... negative cutter (as Yoonsin Park)
Philip Steinman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jim Latham .... composer: additional score
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Transportation Department
Charlie Carpenter .... driver
Bill Getzwiller .... transportation coordinator
J.D. Hicks .... transportation captain: Arizona
Jason LaFountain .... driver
Gary Paulsen .... transportation captain: Arizona
Other crew
David Auge .... key set production assistant
Robin Baldwin .... wrangler
Flavio Castillero .... production auditor
Stephanie Claxton .... payroll master
Bill Gillette .... armorer
Adam Gomez .... production assistant
Nick Gomez .... production assistant
Rosa María Gómez .... production auditor (as Rosa Castillero)
Yu Hsu .... production assistant
Mark Litwak .... producer's representative
Catherine A. McCabe .... production coordinator
Mike McNally .... set medic
Darwin Mitchell .... wrangler gang boss
Danny Mormino .... production assistant
Jennifer Newberry .... assistant production coordinator
Donna Nitti .... production coordinator
Monique Perez .... production assistant
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Noel Phillips .... wrangler
Marie Randall .... craft service
Susan Ransom .... set production assistant
Paul Regan .... wrangler
Dan Riley .... legal assistant
George Sweney .... production auditor
Rudy Ugland .... head wrangler
Kristy Wunsch .... assistant to producer
John 'Punkin' Young .... assistant: Mr. Yoakam
Shannon Benna .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sophiah Koikas .... very special thanks

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality
104 min (VHS version)
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Continuity: When one of the Henry boys goes to wake up Doc, he taps him with the pistol, and then we hear the click of him cocking it. If you watch closely, you can see that the gun was cocked when Doc was originally woke up.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Well worth the wait., 24 August 2001
Author: ( from Kimberling City, MO.

Having viewed this film three times now, I think I finally have enough together to write a decent review for it. First off, I waited a long time to see this (over two years) and it definitely did not dissapoint. Mainly because I knew the direction that Dwight Yoakam was moving in on this one. He wanted to create a western that was a bit different than the standard shoot 'em up and he wanted to create a story that mirrored a lot of events from his own life while ,at the same time, not spelling everything out for the audience and letting them think and decipher for themselves. While he certainly succeeded in doing this, he also manages to use the ensemble cast for all its worth by bringing in the biggest mix of oddball and eccentric characters I've seen since Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man".

"South of Heaven, West of Hell" uses the pretty basic story (seemingly) of a man, Valentine Casey (Yoakem) who has been raised by an adoptive family known as the Henrys. The Henrys are led by none other than western vet Luke Askew who seems to have the most level head of the gang. His socio-path son Taylor (Vince Vaughn) does most of the running while his cronies (Paul Reubens and Michael Jeter) follow him around like whipped puppies. Natalie Canerday (Linda from Sling Blade) plays Sissy, the child like sister of the brood who is desperately in love with Valentine. At some point, before the story starts, Valentine dissowned the outlaw family who raised him and fought in the Spanish American war, later becoming a sherriff.

All is peaceful for Valentine, living the life of a sheriff in a town where nothing happens, until the Henrys come riding into town raising all manners of hell and pulling a "wild bunch" style attack. A few people are killed (the Henry's must not be much for target practice since they fired over a hundred rounds) and a couple more are shot. Valentine waits about a year, then retaliates. That's all I'm going to say in the way of the story, but there's a lot more than that.

Let's talk about the characters for a minute. Ol' Val is about the sanest one of the bunch. He's a mild-mannered, likeable guy who is tough only when he has to be. His side kick is an "odd bird" who has a thing for wearing dresses. Bo Hopkins plays Doc Angus Dunfries, a blacksmith. A barely recognizable Billy Bob Thornton comes into town as a traveller named Brigadier Smalls. With him is his travelling buddy, the nearly mute Babcock (Warren Zevon). They are escorting Adelyne (Bridget Fonda), Doc Angus's niece, and Val's soon-to-be love interest. Paul Reubens (looking very much like he did in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer) plays one sick puppy here, as one of the twisted members of the Henry tribe. One of my favorites was Bud Cort, playing a government agent with some papers that strongly suggest that Valentine was killed in the war. He gets off the train, whining about the heat and a toothache. It's pretty clear that this guy is here mainly for comic-relief. He appears to have the worst luck in history and the belt scene had me in stitches.

It's easy to see why this only got a limited theatrical release. "South of Heaven, West of Hell" isn't necessarily the kind of film that the masses will flock to. I think Yoakam made the film with that in mind, knowing that it would find it's intended audience on video. It's true that the majority just won't get it. To enjoy this film, you have to go into it with an open mind and sort of block out everything around and that's something that a lot of people just aren't capable of. It's hard to explain just what kind of movie this is but I think Vince Vaughn summed it up best, in an interview, by saying that it is the "punk rock of westerns".

I enjoyed this movie a lot and I'm sure it will probably go down as one of my year's favorites. There is a lot here to enjoy and one viewing is not enough. There is a lot of black comedy that I didn't pick up on the first time around and there is also a lot more going on with and between the characters than what is going on on-screen. It's not just "worth a viewing". It's worth several.

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