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Goin' South (1978)

Jack Nicholson , Mary Steenburgen , Jack Nicholson  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Veronica Cartwright
  • Directors: Jack Nicholson
  • Writers: Al Ramrus, Alan Mandel, Charles Shyer, John Herman Shaner
  • Producers: Harold Schneider, Harry Gittes
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000648YV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Goin' South" on IMDb

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars humorous redemption July 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
GOIN'SOUTH is a funny movie about a humorous redemption. Jack Nicholson is the redeemee and lovely Mary Steenburgen is the redeemor. Jack, the low-life criminal, finds that marriage with obedience to Mary is the price he has to pay for going straight. Mary finds that the price of getting cheap gold miner labor through marriage to Jack includes all of the vows, conjugal and otherwise. They actually strike gold and GREED enters into the plot. Greed is a dandy comedy catalyst. The writers gave this movie excellent dialogue. Casting was terrific. What can telegraph a better joke than Nicholson's devilish leer? Mary Steenburgen fit the role of a prim, greedy reformer to a Tee. Even the cover on the box sets the comedy mood of this film with Jack's leering face framed by a noose, saying if I may, "Hey! This is going to be a funny, funny, movie."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Hilarity! December 3, 2006
Jack Nicholson is hilarious as an outlaw who is rescued from the 'hemp necktie' just in time! Due to an ordinance passed after the Civil War in this western town, property owning women are allowed to claim a prisoner for a husband, but he is then bound to stay and obey for the rest of his days. Though being saved by the rope, Henry Moon isn't fond of being made into a slave and working a woman's dusty gold mine, and his old bank robbing gang has other plans for him too. We also get a nostalgic look at John Belushi. This movie is one for the home archives.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Western-Comedy November 15, 2006
"Goin' South" is a Western-Comedy directed and starring Jack Nicholson, in his directorial debut. Nicholson has only directed two films (the other one being the Chinatown sequel, The Two Jakes) and both of them are really good projects. Especially this one. I don't much like Western-Comedies; They all have that same mood and they, usually, play it way too goofy. This movie has its moments of goofiness, but it's actually pretty funny and charming. If Nicholson hadn't played so many memorable characters already (R.P. McMurphy, Jack Torrance, Warren Schmidt, Jake Gittes, etc.) than you could call his Henry Moon one of his most memorable creations. Anyway, Henry Moon is an outlaw. A robber of banks and stealer of horses. When the law finally catches him, he's sentenced to hang. As he's being led to the gallows, he discovers a loophole. If a woman who owns property agrees to marry him, he doesn't have to swing. After an old lady volunteers, but quickly dies, Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen, in her debut film role) takes Henry under her wing and marries him. She doesn't marry Henry because she couldn't stand the thought of him dying or because she particularly likes him, but because she needs finding gold in the mines on her property. Henry doesn't mind much, but he's disappointed at the lack of affection the wife is showing her husband. Matters are made worse when the railroad evicts her and two boneheaded lawmen (Christopher Lloyd and John Belushi) are always trying to arrest Henry. Also, Henry's former gang (two of the members include Danny DeVito and Veronica Cartwright) wants in on some of the gold he's been discovering. The movie's humor is hit-and-miss, and I'd be lying to you if I said it didn't miss a lot...It does. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Comic Western November 25, 2004
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"Goin' South",directed by star Jack Nicholson, is an engaging lightweight comic western. The story concerns a two-bit outlaw(Nicholson) saved from the gallows by a virginal ordinance bride(Mary Steenburgen). The chemistry between Nicholson and Steenburgen, in her film debut, is excellent. The story, though it sags in part, keeps you interested throughout. Christopher Lloyd has an amusing bit as a sheriff's deputy. To the film's detriment it wastes the talents of John Belushi and Danny DeVito in miniscule parts. A minor film in the impressive canon of Jack Nicholson's career but a film well worth seeing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goin' South July 7, 2002
By Tracy
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched this movie many times and never get tired of it. I have shown it to many of my friends and they all enjoy it. Jack Nicholson cracks me up every time. No-one could carry this part off as well. Watch this movie and be entertained as you want to be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie! August 4, 2006
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This is absolutely one of our favorite movies. It's a great friends night out movie (there's some language that makes it inappropriate as a family movie). You won't believe all the stars in this movie - besides Jack and Mary are John Belushi, Christopher Lloyd and a lot of others you'll recognize.

When we're in the mood for a good laugh, this is the movie we bring out. My husband has some good lines he's memorized from the movie and uses (I mean ALL day long...)which leads to us loaning out our copy to the poor unfortunate that has no clue what he's talking about. We keep extras because I don't always get our copy back!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me more August 30, 2002
By ken
Jack rocked this. He played his part perfectly. I laughed myself silly watching this movie. It was predictable but hell we all like a movie that touches home base every once in a while don't we. If you rent this movie you will probably want to buy it so just buy it first and watch it with style. A clear picture is worth an extra few bucks. VHS is fading away in front of your eyes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
I remember it from many years ago. Lines still come to mind that I use often. I enjoyed seeing it again.
Published 1 day ago by Michael R. Bartlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Goin South
A strange movie with lots of big names in it. The name ... well I guess that he was headed south. Not sure that the acting was all that good, and I thought that it was more goofy... Read more
Published 1 day ago by sgtill
5.0 out of 5 stars Need to see this one
Hilarious, worth at least a couple of watches. Full of actors you're familiar with. Lots of fun to watch with friends.
Published 2 days ago by banjoboy
5.0 out of 5 stars a good laugh
Now I know why he's one of the greats! He was always a good actor and this movie is a great work of his. Laughed plenty and was amazed to see Danny Devito sooo young. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Soccertati
5.0 out of 5 stars My all-time favorite movie.
Should watch a couple of times to pick up on all the background humor. Classic actors with a "jack" type plot.
Published 7 days ago by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Verry Funny
Jack was awesome in this one, really funny. The cast as a whole was very good, a unique comedy. I highly recommend it for a few laughs.
Published 8 days ago by Eric H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must watch if you love Jack & these Actors
With Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Mary Steenbergen
Very Funny Movie - I should have bought this L-O-N-G ago Comprenda Pardner
Published 8 days ago by P. Strickler
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy in the Old West
Entertaining movie! Well worth the time to watch it. Light-hearted comedy based in the old west. Great cast play well together.
Published 22 days ago by jquick
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh your socks off!
Great movie, an old favorite of mine. Nicholson is hysterical. I have watched it many times and it just gets better!
Published 23 days ago by Frannie
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun!
It was the perfect movie for sitting back and relaxing. Did not make you concentrate, but did make you laugh.
Published 25 days ago by Patrick C. Dougherty
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