South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
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Popular country & western singer and well-regarded character actor Dwight Yoakam steps behind the camera for this revisionist Western, his first effort as a director and screenwriter. Valentine Casey (Yoakam) is the sheriff of the town of Los Tragos in the Arizona Territory. Valentine, an orphan, was raised as a child by Leland Henry (Luke Askew), a notorious outlaw, but while Henry's sons Taylor (Vince Vaughn) and Arvid (Paul Reubens) have followed their father into a life of crime, Valentine dedicates himself to putting Henry and his gang behind bars. But when the Henry gang knocks over a bank, Valentine and his posse are hopelessly outnumbered (and intimidated by Leland's Gatling guns). Years later, word has circulated that Valentine died while fighting in the Spanish-American War, but he mysteriously appears in an Arizona border town, winning the affections of a visiting actress named Adalyne (Bridget Fonda) and attracting the wrath of Brigadier Smalls (Billy Bob Thornton), Adalyne's beau and a mysterious figure with a troubling secret. South of Heaven, West of Hell also features supporting performances from Bud Cort, Michael Jeter, and Bo Hopkins. Dwight Yoakam also wrote the film's original score, in collaboration with his longtime producer and sideman Pete Anderson. … More
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as Taylor Henry
as Brigadier Smalls
as Arvid Henry
as Shoshonee Bill
as Uncle Jude
as Doc Angus Dunfries
as Leland Henry
as Nogales Sanchez
as Burl Dunfries
as Sheriff Harris
as Clete Monroe
as Tim `The Wrist' Simm...
as Petrified Paul
as U.S. Christmas
as Tess Bonaventure
as Heddie Monroe
as Jesco Lynch
as Eli Combs
as Valentine Casey
as Adalyne Dunfries
as Agent Otts
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Critic Reviews for South of Heaven, West of Hell
Sharon Stone once likened dating Yoakam to 'eating a dirt sandwich.' Viewing his directorial debut, it's apparent that she was being too kind--after all, just watching his film is like eating a sh*t sandwich.
It's best not to ask too many questions - better just to switch your brain to stand-by and enjoy the show.
The conflicts, vistas, rhythm and mood are of a piece, but not every personality or circumstance is fully thought through.
Audience Reviews for South of Heaven, West of Hell
A well done western by Dwight Yoakam...Billy Bob Thorton is in it as well... This is definately different characters than in Sling Blade. I enjoyed it.
i thought i would like this. but there was like no plot! i died of boredom. nobody did anything in the whole movie. nobody ever watch this movie, its so stupid.
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