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Goodnight for Justice (2011)

When John Goodnight was a boy he watched in the weeds as his entire family was killed in a ruthless outlaw attack. Now as a circuit judge of the western territories Goodnight travels the west protecting the innocent from injustice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ramsey
Dan Reed
William Goodnight
Terence Kelly ...
Store Owner
Ingrid Tesch ...
Ada Goodnight
Lawrence Haegert ...
Winston Rekert ...
Frank LeGrange
Judge Aldous Shaw
Rebecca Shaw
Young Clerk
Harlan Ayles
Ayles' Lawyer


It's the late nineteenth century US. When he was a boy in the Wyoming Territory, John William Goodnight was on a covered wagon that passed as the local stagecoach in the area with his farmer parents and Judge Aldous Shaw and his wife Rebecca Shaw, who the Goodnights had only just met before the start of their travels from what was then a town called Dry Gulch, which has now been renamed Crooked Stick. Targeting Judge Shaw who had just convicted their partner, bandits attacked the wagon, killing all on board except John and Mrs. Shaw, who ended up raising John as her own. A Chicago lawyer who believes in the law but not in lawyers, John, who lives hard and according to Rebecca should long ago have been dead because of it, has just been appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a circuit court judge for the Wyoming Territory, known as the most lawless region on the continent. Rebecca is the one who arranged this appointment, as she feels that John's recklessness is due to still being ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

29 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goodnight Faz Justiça  »

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This was Winston Rekert's final acting role before his death on September 14, 2012 at the age of 63. See more »


Kate Ramsey: I thought you didn't take bribes.
John Goodnight: If it happens after the trial, it ain't no bribe!
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Followed by Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man (2012) See more »

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The so-called New Western.....
16 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

always got an Achilles' ankle, i.e., the lukewarm loose screenplay that just don't count too much. And worse yet, anything from the Hallmark also inevitably hallmarked with lukewarm script, bad dialogs, not-so-good actors, so-so directing and so on. "Goodnight For Justice (2011)" is of course, no exception. What we got here is a so-so storyline with not quite believable characters who always look more modern and also giving a church-going like atmosphere that simply not quite convincing to me almost every time. I cannot qualify this movie as a good "New Western" but a bad one if compares it with "Silverado", "The Unforgiven", "The Quick & The Dead"...those, well, should be categorized as "New Western". Every time I saw a "Hallmark" movie, I got the same unconvincing feeling, no matter it's a romance or not.

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