Goin’ South (1978)


Jack Nicholson directs himself, Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Lloyd in this revisionist western set romantic comedy about a condemned scoundrel who is given the choice of the noose or marrying a local spinster. 

Relaxed ambling fun. Directionless and lacking any depth, were it not for the fact that Nicholson has assembled quite the roster of alternative talent to don dirty sou’westers and spit tobacco around the mismatched couple. John Belushi! Danny Devito! Veronica Cartwright! Wow-ee, if only it weren’t a disposable little oddity and had a tad more ambition to entertain. For Jack completists only, of which I count myself one.



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