• Goin' South (2002)

Goin' South

Release Date: July 19th, 2002

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2002

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

According to the laws of the Old West town where criminal Henry Lloyd Moon (Jack Nicholson) is about to be executed, a death row convict will be spared if a reputable woman promises to mend his ways. To the annoyance of ruthless Deputy Towfield (Christopher Lloyd), Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen) vouches for Henry and assigns him to search for gold on her land. Their relationship eventually turns romantic, but Towfield and Henry's old criminal buddies threaten their domestic bliss.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Bradford, Jeff Morris, Danny DeVito

Director: Jack Nicholson

Genres: Comedy , Western

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Love, Transformation, Friend, Revenge, Spirited, Pursuit, Hilarious, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Time Out London

    Nicholson's second film as director, a wonderfully beguiling Western in which he plays a sad sack outlaw (ex-cook to Quantrill's Raiders) snatched from the gallows by Steenburgen's prim spinster (taking advantage of a special ordinance occasioned by man shortage after the Civil War), who weds him and puts him to work mining for gold. Tender, bawdy and funny in its shaggy dog ramifications. show more

  • 60
    William ThomasEmpire

    Fun, but it mugs too hard. show more

  • 50
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Neither Nicholson nor the talented Miss Steenburgen, in her film debut, could rise above the patched-together script. The promising parody of anti-mythic Westerns, and of mellerdrammers (the railroad wants to snitch Julia's land), decays into a love story whose parameters are all too narrow and all too familiar. [07 Oct 1978]

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