South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)




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Country-music star Dwight Yoakam co-wrote, directed and stars in this impressive Western. Frontier Arizona marshal Valentine Casey, who was adopted as a baby, is forced to make a stand against a band of outlaws led by his foster father (Luke Askew) and two foster brothers (Vince Vaughn, Paul Reubens). Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Bud Cort, Michael Jeter.
R (for strong violence, language and some sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Western
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Phaedra Cinema

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Dwight Yoakam
as Valentine Casey
Vince Vaughn
as Taylor Henry
Billy Bob Thornton
as Brigadier Smalls
Bridget Fonda
as Adalyne Dunfries
Paul Reubens
as Arvid Henry
Peter Fonda
as Shoshonee Bill
Bud Cort
as Agent Otts
Michael Jeter
as Uncle Jude
Bo Hopkins
as Doc Angus Dunfries
Luke Askew
as Leland Henry
Joe Unger
as Nogales Sanchez
Matt Clark
as Burl Dunfries
Noble Willingham
as Sheriff Harris
Scott Wilson
as Clete Monroe
Matt Malloy
as Harvey
Otto Felix
as Tim `The Wrist' Simms
Joe Ely Band
as Petrified Paul
James Terry McIlvain
as U.S. Christmas
Amber Taylor
as Tess Bonaventure
Charles Burba
as Preacher
Audrey Lowe
as Jenny
Maria Daleo
as Heddie Monroe
Warren Zevon
as Babcock
Corky Wimberly
as Jesco Lynch
Flecia Beard
as Margaret
Warner McKay
as Eli Combs
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Critic Reviews for South of Heaven, West of Hell

All Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010

It's best not to ask too many questions - better just to switch your brain to stand-by and enjoy the show.

Full Review… | August 30, 2001
Apollo Guide

The conflicts, vistas, rhythm and mood are of a piece, but not every personality or circumstance is fully thought through.

Full Review… | April 10, 2001
Film Journal International

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August 12, 2005

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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for South of Heaven, West of Hell


I guess sissy is a little excited that you're here. Valentine Casey is a lawman in the west somewhere near Tucson, Arizona. His family is a band of ruthless outlaws that do as they please. His family unveil some skeletons in Casey's past that he prefer be kept in the closet. There appears to be only one way for Casey to handle his family, but could he really gun down his own blood? "We're like brothers." "Not by blood." Dwight Yoakam delivers South of Heaven, West of Hell in his directorial debut (and only film on his resume). The storyline for this picture is just okay but contains unique and unpredictable characters. The settings, make-up/costumes, action, and dialogue were all disappointing. The cast was solid in name only as the cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, Vince Vaughn, Peter Fonda, Bo Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, and Michael Jeter. "You reckon Chinese food is hot? I reckon we'll be eating a lot of that in San Francisco." I DVR'd this picture when I was looking at Peter Fonda films and noticed this amazing cast (kind of a random group of actors). I had never heard of this film so I gave it a shot; unfortunately, this fell a bit flat. It tried to be unique and original but instead was clumsy and disappointing. Overall, I recommend skipping this picture. "You damn bunch of inbred bitches." Grade: D

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Great cast. What happened? The alleged plot is indiscernible, and a lot of talent goes to waste. Vince Vaughn was not good in this. It disturbed me a great deal to watch Pee-Wee Herman try to rape Bridget Fonda. I am happy to say he wasn't very good at it and she foiled him, right before bobbiting another guy who tried to hump her through Pee-Wee. If it sounds weird, it is because it was.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

One of the most disjointed films I've ever seen. Even Billy Bob Thornton looks lost, doing his ol' buddy Dwight Yoakam a favor by appearing in this film. Interestingly enough, there are some terrific performances scattered throughout, but the lack of compelling (or even coherent) storytelling prevents this film from becoming anything more than resale-shop filler.

Neil Kull
Neil Kull

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