Goin' South
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Sentenced to hang in a backwater western town, horse thief Henry Moon (Jack Nicholson) is saved when frontierswoman Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen) agrees to marry him. Taking advantage of the town law that prohibits the execution of married men, Moon follows Tate back to her ranch, planning all the while to escape at the first possible opportunity. But Tate insists that he honor his end of the bargain at work on the ranch. She has no intention of consummating the union, a fact that drives the hot-to-trot Moon up a wall. She puts him to work on the gold mine that she has on her property, while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jack Nicholson playing Gabby Hayes is interesting, even amusing at times, but Hayes was never a leading man, which Goin' South desperately needs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Nicholson does a markedly better job with the material than anyone could have expected."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A waste of time. One to avoid - especially if you're a fan of the frequently spectacular Jack Nicholson."
‑ , Film4
"Nicholson's second film as director, a wonderfully beguiling Western..."
‑ , Time Out
"Goin' South is a gritty Western with plenty of spunk."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"With the Nicholson signature, it keeps on rolling, at least for the first hour and change before the story moves in the wrong direction."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Jack Nicholson is hilarious in this underrated comedy Western."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"An enjoyable off-beat Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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