Goin' South (1978)
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Sentenced to hang, horse thief Henry Moon is saved when frontierswoman Julia Tate agrees to marry him. Taking advantage of the town law that prohibits the execution of married men, Moon follows Tate back to her ranch, planning all the while to escape at the first possible opportunity.
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Critic Reviews for Goin' South
Jack Nicholson playing Gabby Hayes is interesting, even amusing at times, but Hayes was never a leading man, which Goin' South desperately needs.
Nicholson's second film as director, a wonderfully beguiling Western...
Jack Nicholson is hilarious in this underrated comedy Western.
Nicholson does a markedly better job with the material than anyone could have expected.
A waste of time. One to avoid - especially if you're a fan of the frequently spectacular Jack Nicholson.
Audience Reviews for Goin' South
This comedic western romance concerns a third rate criminal named Henry Moon, who, moments before he is to be hanged for horse thievery, is saved, thanks to a law in the backwater Texas town, allows for a woman to save a criminal from death, barring she agrees to marry him and take responsibility for his behavior.
And that's what happens: Julia Tate claims the grateful Moon who soon regrets the arrangement when it's revealed she only really wants to use him as manual labor for a gold mine she swears is on her property. Aside from that, Moon also has problems with the Sheriff. Not only does he not care for Moon to begin with, but he also feels like Moon took Julia away from him, viewing her as "his girl".
Featuring an all star cast, and directed by its star Jack Nicholson, this had potential to be an absolute riot. Unfortunately, while the film starts off strong, it devolves into an uninspired bore and never quite recovers. There are some good moments here and there, but there's not really enough to save this from being a generic "meh" kind of film.
This is a top notch cast who, besides Nicholson includes the likes of John Belushi and Mary Steenburgen in their film debuts, he as a deputy, she as Julia, and CHristopher Lloyd as the sheriff. There's also appearance by Ed Begley, Jr., Veronica Cartwright, and Danny DeVito.
Nicholson and Belushi really ham it up and appear to be having a lot of fun, but Lloyd, while okay, could have been even better. I like Mary Steenburgen alright, but she's not all that good hear. Granted, it is her first film, but still, she's kinda awful. At least we get a brief glimpse of her nipples through a wet shirt...
I really wanted to like this movie, and, even though I did enjoy it in parts, as a whole, it's a real disappointment. Unless you're a completist for anyone in the cast, I don't really recommend this.
I like that Doc Brown and Claira are together again in the old west. Jackie boy does a fun job as well.More
Enjoyable comic western starring and directed by Jack Nicholson. Without anybody to rein him in, he hams it up mercilessly, but being Jack, he can get away with it in a way that very few can.More
Goin' South Quotes
- Henry Moon:
- In my time, I had put a girl or two in tune with nature.
- Julia Tate:
- I'm sure nature is very grateful.
- Julia Tate:
- Better blisters than neck burns.
- You was the best I ever had, except for that circus fella.
- Henry Moon:
- I wouldn't take you to a dogfight if you was the defending champ.
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