Goin' South
Goin' South (1978)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Goin' South is the most flat-footed comedy to collapse on the screen since Nickelodeon.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

Jack Nicholson is hilarious in this underrated comedy Western.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable off-beat Western.

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Variety Staff

Jack Nicholson playing Gabby Hayes is interesting, even amusing at times, but Hayes was never a leading man, which Goin' South desperately needs.

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Scott Weinberg

Nicholson does a markedly better job with the material than anyone could have expected.


A waste of time. One to avoid - especially if you're a fan of the frequently spectacular Jack Nicholson.

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Time Out

Nicholson's second film as director, a wonderfully beguiling Western...

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Goin' South is a gritty Western with plenty of spunk.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

With the Nicholson signature, it keeps on rolling, at least for the first hour and change before the story moves in the wrong direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This comedic western romance concerns a third rate criminal named Henry Moon, who, moments before he is to be hanged for horse thievery, is saved, thanks to a… More
xGary Xx
Enjoyable comic western starring and directed by Jack Nicholson. Without anybody to rein him in, he hams it up mercilessly, but being Jack, he can get away with… More
Curtis Lilly
I like that Doc Brown and Claira are together again in the old west. Jackie boy does a fun job as well.
Dean McKenna
Amusing comedy-western that Jack Nicholson also directed.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Funny classic comedy western.
Jim Woehr
Jack Nicholson directs and stars as an outlaw named Henry Moon, who's saved from a hanging by a young widow named Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen).… More