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South Of Heaven, West Of Hell 2000

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A small-town marshal, tormented by the puzzling conditions that surround him, is forced to confront his demons at an unexpected and untraditional "family reunion".

Starring:
Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn
Runtime:
2 hours, 12 minutes

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Genres Drama, Western
Director Dwight Yoakam
Starring Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn
Supporting actors Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Paul Reubens, Bud Cort, Michael Jeter, Bo Hopkins, Luke Askew, Joe Unger, Matt Clark, Noble Willingham, Scott Wilson, Ritchie Montgomery, Matt Malloy, Natalie Canerday, Otto Felix, Joe Ely, James Terry McIlvain
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By A Customer on August 25, 2001
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Some of the other reviewers apparently expected a mainstream Western, but this film is actually a wild, funny deconstruction of the classic icons of American Westerns, that pays visual and thematic homage to familiar, great Westerns, while simultaneously dissecting such icons by taking them to a deliberately absurd (and frequently hilarious) extreme. The film is accompanied by an informative audio commentary by the director, one of the producers, the DP, and the film's editor (I give the film 4 stars, and the 5th star is for the commentary). I would call this film a "meta-Western," more about the genre and its archetypes than anything else. Luke Askew and Bo Hopkins, familiar faces from other, far less adventurous Westerns, give superb performances, as do Paul Reubens (playing WAY against his Pee Wee Herman type!), Vince Vaughn (a truly menacing psychopath), and Bud Cort (an effete government official). A young, first-time actress named Flecia Beard gives a strong performance in the small role of a deaf-mute child traumatized by a father who cannot accept her handicap. Bridget Fonda gives a nice performance, and her character definitely modernizes the "damsel in distress" stereotype by taking matters into her own, quite capable hands when she is menaced. John Wayne's love interests definitely never defended themselves the way Addie does! Overall, this film is a mostly successful, thought-provoking combination of the surreal (some of the characters may or may not be dead) and the realistic (most of the shots fired miss their mark by a country mile). It's beautifully photographed (by the son of the cinematographer of many classic Westerns, as the audio commentary informs us), and the score is excellent, including one track co-written by Dwight Yoakam and Mick Jagger.Read more ›
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Dwight Yoakam, accomplished country/western singer, loves movies. He has appeared, as an actor, in over a dozen films. On this film, Yoakam functioned as writer, co-producer [with Buck Owens], director, star, and of course, he worked on the musical score as well. This would be quite a feat for the most accomplished of movie stars, which Mr. Yoakam is not. He can be very effective as an actor, when directed properly, as in "Sling Blade" and "Panic Room". He is a better actor than Johnny Cash was, or Merle Haggard; certainly as good as the icon known as Willie Nelson.
This film is so bad, it is almost good. It is so different, so off-center, so oblique, that it challenges the audience. The cinematography, by James Glennon, is lush; images bathed in dust and golden light, drenced in blood-red sunsets and shimmering mirage riders, ghost-like apparitions. I think it is admirable that Yoakam had enought influence, enough money, enough good friends, and enough ego to launch this dark confused tale. But, alas, it does not emerge as eclectic as Jim Jarmusch's mini-classic,"Dead Man". We all love a western, and Yoakam can be applauded for purposefully breaking down many of the cliches of the genre. Next time though, sir, please procure blanks for your handguns that do not sound like cap pistols.
The movie has been called self-indulgent, and it is; tedious, even egregious. Actually, what it is remains closer to a labor of love falling leagues short of coherence. It was poorly written. Without strongly defined characters, clear conflicts, and fully-realized conclusions, we struggle as viewers. At times, the film becomes too esoteric; like Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie", one suspects the cast had fun doing it, but where's the fun in watching it ? No one wants a film to fail.
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This is a different kind of western. The "good guys" don't shoot the bad guys with the first shoot as most western movie show them. Instead, there are many missed shots. Most reviews either hate the movie or really like it. I liked it, even the deputy wearing the skirt. It seems folks were a little quirky even in the 1908 west, as some of us are now. If nothing else, it shows that people in the west were really free to live as they pleased then. All in all, I highly recommend this movie because it is different from the run of the mill western movie.
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If you love Dwight Yoakam, you need to have this in your collection. If you're looking for a great Western, maybe not so much. I especially enjoyed Dwight's voice-over commentary in the Special Features section, as it explains more what he was trying to achieve with this project. I think he was trying to do a Peckinpah Wild Bunch type movie, and I am not a big Peckinpah fan. I think he was trying to explore a quirky, kind of "hey, maybe all the main characters are really dead" kind of theme, but somehow it comes across as merely confusing. Still, Dwight looks mighty good on a horse, so for me, that makes it all worth while.
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What a strange movie. It took exactly one hour and twenty minutes for anything to happen. Until then, its pace was that of a Tree Sloth, only less deliberate. This western has an all-star cast, though. The always-wonderful Billy Bob Thorton plays an ever so elegant, overly-eloquent Doc Holiday type, though he shuffles off before any real action takes place. Paul Reubens plays a convincing surprisingly handsome misfit. Dwight Yoakam plays a funny looking guy much in need of a hat. Peter Fonda shows up, then dies. Bridget Fonda shows up, administers an impressive and devastating blow to the groin of one of the bad guys, from which he never rightly recovers. And Vince Vaughn plays a mean, sombero-wearing sonnamabitch. There is even a deputy who wears a dress, though, you never really care enough to find out why he does such a thing. They all take turns waiting for something to happen, they talk before the one hour and twenty minute fun part, but what they said didn't really matter. Just a bunch of names that were hard to remember. I counted no less than four highly inappropriate love scenes, that seemed as passionate and timely as any set of grandparents one can think of. There are a whole slew of unimportant characters, some live and some die. Some of these characters are sporadically consumed with a dizzying range of emotion that I couldn't understand. One of which is a deaf girl whom you cannot help but envy, for she doesn't have to bare the burden of the dull sonorific confusion. It seems Dwight Yoakams, who also directed this feature, main goal was to shoot and kill every actor who was more suited to his craft. Jealousy runs rampant among thespians.Read more ›
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