Goin' South (1978) - Comedy, Crime, Romance

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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.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 45 found boring (20%)

One-line Reviews (28)

It explains some slow and long sequences that should have been packed in the acting itself.

It's generally amusing, but sometimes a little boring; the script needed more work to further draw out its potential.

Finally this movie is worth watching, enjoyable but also predictable.

He's manic, cartoonish, sadistic and riveting.

Entertaining and funny Western , not for all tastes , with touches of humor here and there .

It is easy to predict the end of the movie maybe this one also makes you get bored before the movie's end is coming.

Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by the great Spanish cameraman Nestor Almendros .

Perhaps the one element these performances have in common is the ability of Nicholson to project intense personal energy through the character onto the screen.

The typical inane comedy follows and there is also a predictable finale.

Also, some of the most outrageous, hilarious quotes you'd ever want to hear make this film worth watching over and over.

It even succeeds in selling us on an old silent film cliché: the bad guy is the RAILROAD COMPANY which is going to take the land her pappy left her.

But - for what it's worth - here's mine re: Goin' South: I found it very entertaining (and I'm probably fussier than most when it comes to movies).

It was enjoyable and cute.

It's still a bit too off-beat for some, the quirky comedy Western has always struggled to get mainstream praise anyway, but viewing these days it plays out as enjoyable fare whilst simultaneously giving us early glimpses of future stars of film.

Had some potential as a drama, exploring and developing the relationship between Henry and Julia, but this is pretty basic and predictable.

My recommendation to those of you interested in seeing this movie is that you save your valuable time for something like watching paint dry.

First half of the movie was really funny, enjoyable and fast but only negative thing about the movie is second half was some slow.

Worth watching!

Funny, grotesque, exciting, romantic.. big actors (even in smaller parts)it's a must to watch it!

And it is entertaining.

Whilst there may be other westerns with more substance than this, there are few that are as enjoyable and feature such a lovable bunch of outlaws.

Nicholson immersed himself so fully in this role that some viewers seem to assume naively that Nicholson was really like Henry Lloyd Moon, at least at the time.

Although I love movies, repeated viewings tend to be tedious and boring.

"I highly recommend it!

An elderly woman offers to marry him, but dies on the spot immediately, as Moon is dragged back to the gallows, headstrong, genteel Southern virgin Julia Tate (introducing Golden Globe nominated Mary Steenburgen) agrees to marry and take charge of him.

There are slow sections of this film, to be sure.

So while I didn't think too much of it, it was entertaining enough not to be a waste of time.

¨Goin' South" rating : Mediocre but entertaining .