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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.

Director:

Jack Nicholson

Writers:

John Herman Shaner (story), Al Ramrus (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Henry Lloyd Moon
Mary Steenburgen ... Julia Tate Moon
Christopher Lloyd ... Deputy Towfield
John Belushi ... Deputy Hector
Veronica Cartwright ... Hermine, Moon's Old Gang
Richard Bradford ... Sheriff Andrew Kyle
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... Big Abe, Moon's Old Gang
Danny DeVito ... Hog, Moon's Old Gang
Tracey Walter ... Coogan, Moon's Old Gang
Gerald H. Reynolds Gerald H. Reynolds ... Polty, Rail Road Manager
Luana Anders ... Lorette Anderson
George W. Smith George W. Smith ... Mr. Anderson
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Diane Haber
Ed Begley Jr. ... Whitey Haber
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Mrs. Warren
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Storyline

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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For Henry Moon, life was just beginning. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con el lazo al cuello See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,435,671, 31 December 1978
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Mono)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a Rolling Stone Magazine interview with Lawrence Eisenberg in 1982, Mary Steenburgen once said of her casting in this film: "By the time something like that happens, you've had so many years of elation and disappointment, that you begin to treat your heart very carefully. Earlier in the week, a job I'd been told I had in a television pilot was yanked out from under me and given to a blonde with big boobs." The next day, Steenburgen got to do a ten-minute read with Jack Nicholson that in the end, ran for around two hours. Steenburgen added: "When I left, I was so excited, I screamed for thirty floors in the elevator of the Gulf and Western Building. Nobody could imagine what was happening in my mind, not just in terms of work, but life wise. I had no perspective. I didn't know if I was going to be an overnight international film star, or back at the Magic Pan" (where Steenburgen had worked as a waitress). 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

Sheriff Andrew Kyle: Julia, are you drunk?
Julia Tate: Sheriff Kyle, you know I don't drink.
Henry Moon: 'Course she don't drink!
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Crazy Credits

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User Reviews

Wow. A cocaine-fueled disaster.
26 February 2008 | by rickmantlerSee all my reviews

One can't help but notice how Nicholson eventually gave up on concealing his hilariously obvious coke nose (to the untrained ear it just sounds like "allergies"- this is the usual excuse given, of course....).

Over the counter allergy medicine can help with allergy symptoms. Nothing helps cocaine-blasted sinuses.

Not even Scorsese could direct while coked up. Nicholson's attempt is considerably more disastrous. Take a second look at the cast (see Belushi) and it isn't hard to deduce what happened to this movie.

Note that it gets steadily worse as the film progresses.

I wasn't expecting a "great" movie being that this was Nicholson's only directing effort. I was just curious. I didn't expect something this bad. Yikes.


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