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Texas, shortly after the Civil War. Henry Moon is an outlaw, on the run from the law. He is captured trying to escape to Mexico and taken back to town to be hanged. The town has a special law that a condemned man can walk free if one of the single women of the town offer to marry him. Henry is in luck – at the last moment Julia Tate offers to marry him, and pretty soon they are married. However, Henry soon discovers that Julia’s motives are purely business-orientated – she needs someone to work the mine on her property. This makes for a very cold marriage.

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  • phlora-thasitou
    phlora thasitou

    Despite a scruffy Jack Nicholson looking completely mad on the poster, this movie offers to few laughs to be considered to be a good comedy western. But in the other hand I’m not sure what to think of it, or how to label it. It got kind of a subtle and odd humor, very low key and not producing too many laughs but enough to keep interest.Nicholson plays Henry Moon. A criminal convicted to hang, but at the last moment he is saved by a young woman, Julia, due to a local ordnance that any land owning woman can claim the criminal as a husband (since the town lost too many men in the war). Moon of course accepts, but might have reconsidered after he met Julia. She on the other hand just wants him to dig for gold on her farm. In Texas. And not making things easier is Moon’s old gang that hangs about… It is rather slow, but some gems show up. Just the cast is one of them. Besides Nicholson you can see Mary Steenburgen in her first role, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Jeff Morris, Ed Begley Jr and Danny DeVito. Just to see DeVito in a gunfight, jumping to fire over a shed is worth to watch the entire movie.So while I didn’t think too much of it, it was entertaining enough not to be a waste of time.5/10

  • zukauskas-elena
    zukauskas elena

    You can see it in his eyes. When Jack Nicholson signed up to direct this movie, you can tell that he had his ideas set on who he wanted where, in casting and in the film. The movie’s setting is a man who’s captured for a capital offence, and just before being hanged, a woman offers her hand in marriage to save him from death. This is the story of the two of them, striking gold, and relationships. And though it seemed very long in some parts (especially the scenes with Nicholson/Steenburgen), the basis of the story and how it worked was decent, especially on some of the camera-work (cinematography). It was the kind of movie, I felt, that you’d see in the afternoon on A&E and get enthralled by it for the time being, but you’d otherwise not go out to rent it if you knew any better, kind of like watching Columbo when you start in the middle of the episode. Fun, but not too hard on the brain kind of thing.

  • meda-kairys
    meda kairys

    Limp directorial debut for Nicholson and an even weaker on screen performance. The script isn’t funny and neither is the rest of the cast.

  • narine-safaryan
    narine safaryan

    I never thought a movie could make me regret the fact that I subscribe to the HBO service. Now I know better! Jack is usually one of my favorite actors but not even he could rescue this part. Not that he tried. Jack plays his usual Wiitches of Eastwick type character. Unfortunately it doesn’t transfer over to the American southwest. He is about as believable a cowboy desperado as Pee Wee Herman. There is no edge to the performance and for that reason the comedy fails. He is almost to goofy. The remainder of the cast was worse. Timing in delivering lines is apparently something that the leading lady had not perfected as of 1978 and the others appeared to be just happy to be there. My recommendation to those of you interested in seeing this movie is that you save your valuable time for something like watching paint dry.

  • jose-manuel-alfaro-guillen
    jose manuel alfaro guillen

    Until I saw “Goin’ South’ the other night, I didn’t think Jack Nicholson ever acted any crazier than he did in “The Shining”. But he’s got that performance topped here as the career outlaw turned anxious husband Henry Lloyd Moon. And if you didn’t know any better you might even consider this picture a comedy, some of the dialog and situations are outrageously funny. I had to wonder whether Mel Brooks might have gotten the idea for the hanging horse in “Blazing Saddles” from an opening scene; after that it’s just one crazed situation after another. With fellow cast members from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” like Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito, the Western town of Longhorn is set on it’s ear when Miss Julia Tate (Mary Steenburgen) saves Moon from a severe case of rope burn and attempts to tame her new husband into some semblance of humanity. It just ain’t gonna work.

  • mrs-rosie-brown
    mrs rosie brown

    Released in 1978 and directed by Jack Nicholson, “Goin’ South” is a Western comedy/romance starring Nicholson as a two-bit outlaw saved from hanging to marry a prim virgin (Mary Steenburgen) who uses him to (try to) strike gold on the mine located on her remote ranch, inherited from her dad. But the ex-outlaw’s former gang might not let him strike it rich, whether with gold or love. The wannabe outlaws are played by Veronica Cartwright, Tracey Walter, Danny DeVito and Jeff Morris.The tone is akin to 1976’s “The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox,” but the movie’s not as good. It’s generally amusing, but sometimes a little boring; the script needed more work to further draw out its potential. Yet it’s still worth catching if you like the cast. There are some chuckles. The best parts are the sequences in the town involving two deputies (Christopher Lloyd & John Belushi), the sheriff (Richard Bradford) and others.This was one of only three films directed by Jack (if you don’t count “The Terror,” where he got his initial experience). It also marked the film debut of Steenburgen and was one of Belushi’s first theatrical films (he did this and “Animal House” around the same time).The film runs 108 minutes and was shot in Durango, Mexico.GRADE: Borderline B-/C+

  • kilian-klemm-bien
    kilian klemm bien

    I missed the opportunity to watch this film once, so I rented it on DVD, I recognised it by the image of the leading actor, also directing, with a beard posing behind a hangman’s noose, I hoped the film itself would be worthwhile. Basically set in the late 1860s, shortly after the Civil War, in Longhorn, Texas, third-rate outlaw Henry Lloyd Moon (Jack Nicholson) is a convicted bank robber, horse thief and cattle thief. Moon is sentenced to be hanged, to the glee of the locals who gather to watch his execution, a local ordinance dictates that as he has not committed murder, he may be freed if a lady will marry him and take responsibility for his good behaviour. An elderly woman offers to marry him, but dies on the spot immediately, as Moon is dragged back to the gallows, headstrong, genteel Southern virgin Julia Tate (introducing Golden Globe nominated Mary Steenburgen) agrees to marry and take charge of him. Julia weds Moon, intending only to use him as labour in a secret gold mine under her property, they strike up a shaky partnership and he gains her trust, it slowly develops into something more. The local sheriff’s Deputy Towfield (Christopher Lloyd) constantly accuses Moon of stealing “his” girl, but there is no evidence Julia has any interest in him, and she offered marriage to Moon herself. It gets complicated when Moon’s old gang arrive at Julia’s house, she is abstinent, but they introduce her to intoxicating beverages. Julia and Moon are overjoyed when they successfully strike gold, but soon enough the outlaws discover this, Moon schemes to betray Julia and steal the gold., but following a collapse in the mine, he has a change of heart. There is a gun fight between the many men for the gold rush, and in the end, Julia and Moon walk away to make way with their fortune, with the nature of their relationship changed for the better. Also starring John Belushi as Deputy Hector, Danny DeVito as Hog, Veronica Cartwright as Hermine, Richard Bradford as Sheriff Andrew Kyle, Batman’s Tracey Walter as Coogan, Ed Begley Jr. as Whitey Haber, Barbara Ann Grimes as Spinster #1, Anne Ramsey as Spinster #2, Marsha Ferri as Spinster #3 and Lin Shaye as Parasol Lady. Nicholson is good as the antihero, this is a good first movie for Steenburgen, and there is fair support from the other recognisable actors, the story is fairly simplistic, a relationship that turns from sour to smooth, a search for gold, and some bandits trying to get their hands on it, the movie may have been a flop at the cinemas, but it is a reasonable and fun comedy western. Worth watching!

  • dorli-mazilescu
    dorli mazilescu

    Many folks think Nicholson can do no wrong. But in my book, this mess has to be the nadir of his often outstanding career. When he’s got a strong guiding hand, as in 5 Easy Pieces (1970) or Chinatown (1974), he can deliver aces. Here, however, he’s directing himself, and the result is a leering, eye-rolling, slice of buffoonery, perhaps an ego-trip of some misguided sort. The movie itself collapses into near incoherence, lacking both narrative sense and timing. Events follow in no particular order, while scenes too often appear to indulge the actor instead of playing to others or advancing the story. Actually, the movie reminds me perversely of a kids Saturday matinée, where the baddie schemes to grab the good girl’s land and Gabby Hayes or Smiley Burnette supplies comic relief. Except here, there’s only the buffoon, the land- grabber, and the good girl. I do, however, feel sorry for Mary Steenburgen whose affecting performance gets lost amid the eye-rolling antics. Now, I don’t know if Nicholson went on a coke binge while shooting in Mexico, as did his buddy Dennis Hopper when he made the disastrous The Last Movie (1971) in Peru. But it would explain a lot. Anyway, the 100+ minutes remains an obscure mess, even 40-years later, and is not so much rollicking as just plain idiotic.

  • maria-lillemets
    maria lillemets

    Some very good ideas in this western. Some extremely good situations. Some good suspended situations too. And yet we regret Nicholson is directing himself. He can’t see himself when he is acting and that shows tremendously in the film. It explains some slow and long sequences that should have been packed in the acting itself. That explains why the actor Jack Nicholson is too often using some faces and attitudes and gestures that we have already seen in The Shining, in The Witches of Eastwood, or in many other films. He cannot see himself and thus he cannot direct himself properly. And there were and are some extremely potential situations. There could have been, and there should have been.Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines

  • isabelle-dawson
    isabelle dawson

    I knew that going in and watching “Goin’ South” that it wouldn’t be anything great or special and it certainly is not one of Nicholson’s better works even though he directed. Clearly the western genre is not Jack’s trademark type of film and his character is out of place at least appearance wise. It just looked so uncommon seeing Nicholson looking rugged with a hairy beard and listening to him talk in a slang country western drawl sounded so out of place. Anyway this little western try which was directed by Nicholson himself has himself as outlaw Henry Moon set in the 1860’s. Moon is about to be hanged only to be saved by a lovely young gal who promises to marry him and take charge. Her name is Julia Tate(Mary Steenburgen)who’s headstrong and smart yet her character is very sheltered and plain as a Southern virgin. Yet Julia’s smart plan is to make Moon work the apparent gold mine that supposedly exist on her property. Really this film is nothing great, it’s just so out of place for a genre of Jack’s and the film is paced as a slapstick style comedy making it a very amusing western with no drama found that’s so common in western films. Still it has it’s good points to watch mainly the growing and transformation of the Steenburgen character into a molding lady of experience and her screen chemistry with Jack was good. Also appearances from John Belushi, Ed Begley Jr., and Christopher Lyold are worth mention, and any film with Jack in it especially if your a fan is worth a watch at least once.

  • agnes-johansson
    agnes johansson

    This movie is one of my all time favorites. I saw it when it first came out in the 1970’s and thought it deserved more praise than it got. It is mostly an entertainment comedy with such lines as “You weren’t that hard to find. You were standing in the middle of town with a rope around your neck.” I read someplace where Mary Steenburgen had been working as a waitress in an Arizona dinner and Nicholson stopped in and thought she would be perfect for the part. I think there is some very touching scenes between Nicholson and Steenburgen that are well written and acted. Except for Christopher Lloyd the rest of the cast is wasted. I think the only reason John Belushi is in the movie is because Nicholson wanted to meet him. At that time Saturday Night Live was considered radical chic.

  • laurian-dima
    laurian dima

    I rarely see the same movie more than once. Although I love movies, repeated viewings tend to be tedious and boring. Not so this wonderful picture which was Jack Nicholson’s directing debut. I watch Going’ South over and over and find something new each time. I believe that is one mark of a well-made and well-written movie.From the opening scenes with Moon’s horse keeling over as he dances celebrating his “get away” to the tender moments between Moon and Julia after they divide up the gold, I find this movie gives and keeps on giving.Henry Moon’s lines are hilarious and delivered only as Jack can do. Mary Steenburgen delivers a performance as good as any first time to the screen and the other characters are played wonderfully by current and soon-to-be stars of TV and cinema.I love turning people on to this movie. I never get tired of watching it-I bet you won’t either!

  • travis-richards
    travis richards

    I’ve never seen a jack nicholson movie that wasn’t chaotic so this didn’t disappoint … i just can’t get into watching a film he’s in … we’d have all been better off if they hanged him at the beginning instead letting this fiasco run on

  • premysl-soukup
    premysl soukup

    I have always loved this movie, me and my family first saw it together when I was 5 years old. I loved it then but didn’t understand it. Now I’m 18. This movie is directed by Jack Nicholson, he puts together a very good cast including John Belushi, Christopher Loyd, Danny Devito, and Mary Steenburgen in her first movie. He plays a wonderful,funny part in this movie as an outlaw that is saved from the gallows from a very pretty woman named Julia, she and him don’t get along at first, they have nothing in common then they learn how to get along by a strange coincidence. One of my top five Jack Nicholson films one for the family and everyone!

  • dr-marcella-wahner
    dr marcella wahner

    Going’ South is probably most famous as being a film directed by Jack Nicholson. It’s a western about an outlaw called Henry Moon who is saved from execution by a sexually repressed woman who owns a gold mine. To his chagrin she immediately sets him to work there, needless to say they don’t get along at first but then they do later on.This is essentially an odd couple film. It plays things consistently for laughs but like the majority of comedy westerns it really isn’t too funny. Nicholson may be a great actor but he isn’t a very good director. The pacing lags badly in the second half but the story isn’t terribly engaging overall. It also stars a host of actors who would go on to become stars in the 80’s such as Danny Devito, John Belushi and Christopher Lloyd. But despite the potential that this cast suggests, most have very under-developed roles and it feels suspiciously like Nicholson invited them along just so that he could have a laugh on set. The western itself was in decline by the late 70’s in any case and Going’ South didn’t bring anything new to the table to help change that. It’s a film that seems to have a minor cult reputation but I didn’t think it was too good and it’s certainly one of Nicholson’s lesser film outings.

  • kenneth-moe
    kenneth moe

    Going’ South is directed by Jack Nicholson who also stars. It’s co- written by John Herman Schneider, Al Ramrus, Charles Shyer and Alan Mandel. Co-starring with Nicholson is Mary Steenburgen and Christopher Lloyd. Music is by Perry Botkin Junior and cinematography by Nestor Almendros. 1866, Longhorn, Texas and plot finds Nicholson as Henry Lloyd Moon, a small time outlaw who is captured and sentenced to hang. But a strange ordinance from Civil War days allows a condemned man to escape the gallows if an unmarried lady of the town is prepared to take him as a husband. Enter Julie Tate (Steenburgen), a virginal lady who is poles apart from the crude and scruffy Moon, who takes him in purely to help her work in the mine on her land that she insists contains gold. Could these two opposites actually develop a relationship? Can there be trust there? Will Moon survive the wrath of vengeful deputy Towfield (Lloyd) who believes Moon stole his gal?Barely noticed upon release, where few critics of the day were prepared to give it some credit, Jack Nicholson’s second film as a director found a firm fan base down in the cult basement. The advent of DVD has seen it get more exposure to film fans and critics and its stock has risen. Yes! It’s still a bit too off-beat for some, the quirky comedy Western has always struggled to get mainstream praise anyway, but viewing these days it plays out as enjoyable fare whilst simultaneously giving us early glimpses of future stars of film. In truth the film’s comedic high points come in the first quarter and Nicholson strains to reach those heights again. Once the odd couple retreat to the genteel out of the way matrimonial home, the simple premise takes over and the couple engage in a battle of wills between horny beast and angelic being. On the edges of the frame popping in to view from time to time are hostile railroad officials putting the squeeze on Julia as they want her land, deputy Towfield and his cronies and Moon’s old gang, the latter of which provides the catalyst for chaos. Sometimes crude, sometimes silly, the film does retain amusing worth throughout, with some zippy lines that remain quotable. Nicholson and Steenburgen are perfect foil for each other, so it’s well performed and it also looks nice thanks to Almendros’ photography.The likes of John Belushi, Danny DeVito, Veronica Cartwright and Tracey Walter are in the support slots, none of whom get time enough to really impact upon the proceedings as their fans would like. It’s interesting to see Lloyd and Steenburgen working together in the genre this early, because they would reteam in the Western themed third part of the Back to the Future trilogy 12 years later. While further continuation novelty sees Lloyd, DeVito and Nicholson back together after working on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 75. DeVito would swap chairs with Nicholson and direct the star in Hoffa in 1992.More a amiable smile inducer than a side splitter, Going’ South is worth seeking out if you have a kink for off-beat Oaters. 7/10

  • jennifer-phillips
    jennifer phillips

    One can’t help but notice how Nicholson eventually gave up on concealing his hilariously obvious coke nose (to the untrained ear it just sounds like “allergies”- this is the usual excuse given, of course….). Over the counter allergy medicine can help with allergy symptoms. Nothing helps cocaine-blasted sinuses. Not even Scorsese could direct while coked up. Nicholson’s attempt is considerably more disastrous. Take a second look at the cast (see Belushi) and it isn’t hard to deduce what happened to this movie.Note that it gets steadily worse as the film progresses.I wasn’t expecting a “great” movie being that this was Nicholson’s only directing effort. I was just curious. I didn’t expect something this bad. Yikes.

  • gerasimov-kir-timurovich
    gerasimov kir timurovich

    Texas, shortly after the Civil War. Henry Moon is an outlaw, on the run from the law. He is captured trying to escape to Mexico and taken back to town to be hanged. The town has a special law that a condemned man can walk free if one of the single women of the town offer to marry him. Henry is in luck – at the last moment Julia Tate offers to marry him, and pretty soon they are married. However, Henry soon discovers that Julia’s motives are purely business-orientated – she needs someone to work the mine on her property. This makes for a very cold marriage…Ostensibly a comedy-western, but not overly funny. Has its moments, but many of the attempts at humour are of a slapstick nature and end up rather silly. Had some potential as a drama, exploring and developing the relationship between Henry and Julia, but this is pretty basic and predictable.Some pretty big names in the cast: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen (in her first movie), John Belushi, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Begley Jr and Danny DeVito (in a minor role). Unfortunately the movie does not come close to making full use of their talents. Even Nicholson seems unconvincing, even hammy at times. Why John Belushi was even in the movie was beyond me – he doesn’t have much screen time and his performance mostly consists of insane laughter and ramblings. Considering how he tended to find inspiration, I reckon that, during the filming of the movie, he did more lines off-screen than had lines on-screen…Belushi’s presence might also explain Nicholson’s persistent nasally way of talking in the movie…

  • pan-karol-prokopczyk
    pan karol prokopczyk

    This is typical Jack Nicholson of the 1970s, which means good news and bad news, at least for me. I usually find the characters he plays interesting and with a decided edge, but along with that comes a profane mouth with a penchant for using the Lord’s name in vain. Here, he blasphemes three times in the first five minutes. (Where is nurse Rathet when you need her?)That’s the case here, too, in this offbeat western in which co-stars with the pretty and soft- spoken Mary Steenburgen. Nicholson also directed this film.The movie is more interesting that the description of it. If language, as mentioned above, doesn’t bother you then I would recommend this as a “sleeper” film, one that isn’t well- known but will surprise you with the entertainment. It has a deep cast, too, of veteran actors and newcomers who became well-known.

  • sandra-horne
    sandra horne

    “Goin’ South” is a watchable comedy directed by and starring Jack Nicholson. Filmed cheaply with a local crew down in Mexico, the film wasn’t received well upon release. “Star Wars” had rendered westerns obsolete and screwball comedies were long out of date.Still, “Goin’ South” holds up pretty well. Nichsolson’s performance is amazing and cinematographer Néstor Almendros equals his work on Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven”.The film works more as a bizarre insight into Jack Nicholson, than a comedy. He turns what should be light slapstick, into a pretty nasty and mean spirited R rated comedy-drama. Watching his filmography from end to end, I’m surprised how consistently wicked and misogynistic his characters are. Here he players an outlaw who’s hired by a sexually repressed woman to work in her gold mines. After tying her to a bed and giving her the hump of her life, she renounces her repressed ways and gradually begins to appreciate his animalistic masculinity.The Jack Nicholson persona seems to constantly be seeking to dominate women. If he can’t have his way, he breaks down. “Goin South” is like a happy version of his “Carnal Knowledge”, only here he finally gets a girl who submits to his primal charm.In terms of comedy, the film is similar in tone to the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou?” It’s not as visually stylish, but the emphasis on wacky accents is the same. The cast includes Danny Devito, John Belushi and Christopher Lloyd, and many other comic faces pop up.But it’s Jack Nicholson’s face that keeps us watching. He’s manic, cartoonish, sadistic and riveting. Take a look at the IMDb photo of this film (the DVD cover). The guy looks like a bearded Saddam Hussein, laughing at his hang man’s noose like a psychopath. Nicholson’s face is a work of art. His eyebrows are constantly twitching, his eyes constantly mischievous, his teeth lighting up his face. Whether you enjoy the film will depend on whether you love his scenery chewing. He puts so much energy and skill into his performance here that he transcends everything else about this film.6/10- Worth one viewing. I recommend fast forwarding all the exposition and simply watching Jack act. The guy’s a pleasure to watch.

  • aphrodite-reppa
    aphrodite reppa

    Henry Moon (Jack Nicholson) is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico . Henry saving himself from lynching by marrying a spinster (Mary Steenburgen , though Meryl Streep and Jessica Lange considered the role) . Moon/Nicholson saved from the hangman , for a fate worse than death . There , then appears his refreshingly offbeat Old Gang (Veronica Cartwright , Tracey Walter , Jeff Morris and Danny DeVito)This Western comedy contains laughters , action , shootouts , brawls and amusement . Lots of attempts at comedy but it falls flat . Entertaining and funny Western , not for all tastes , with touches of humor here and there . Overacting by Jack Nicholson at an outlandish character attempting to like , including jokes and silly laughs , but only a few work . Feature film debut for Mary Steenburgen , whose role Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft turned down ; furthermore , a small role for John Belushi as a gunfighter Deputy . Very good support cast such as Christopher Lloyd as Deputy Towfield , Veronica Cartwright as Hermine , Richard Bradford as Sheriff Andrew , Jeff Morris as Abe, Moon’s Old Gang , Danny DeVito as Hog , Ed Begley Jr as Haber , Anne Ramsey as Spinster , Tracey Walter as Coogan and Luana Anders as Lorette Anderson. Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by the great Spanish cameraman Nestor Almendros . The motion picture was middlingly directed by Jack Nicholson , though the studio originally intended for Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen to star in the film, with Mike Nichols directing . However , Nicholson didn’t want to star in the film , he insisted the movie was logistically too ambitious for him to divide his attention between acting and directing . Nicholson had previously directed his first film in 1971 titled ¨Drive he said¨ played by his friends Bruce Dern and Karen Black ; he subsequently co-produced and semi-directed with Monte Hellman two strange Westerns titled ¨The shooting ¨and ¨Ride in the whirlwind¨ ; after that , he played ¨Missouri¨ another Western directed by Arthur Penn with Marlon Brando . Nicholson’s final filmmaking was ¨The two Jakes¨ .¨Goin’ South” rating : Mediocre but entertaining . The picture will appeal to Jack Nicholson hardcore fans .

  • maja-mirt
    maja mirt

    My late father and I always referred to this as the movie we “accidentally” watched on HBO late one night. We were hooked when the posse rode right across the Rio Grande into Mexico and “Ol’ Speed” fainted! For the rest of his life he always greeted me in the morning with “Good mornin’ Spot!” In much the same vein as another of his favorites (Evil Roy Slade), it is difficult to find two lines together from this movie that can be taken seriously (“Please wipe your feet.” . . “I always do!”)(“I’ll be outside running a reference test.” . . “Why don’t you run one on your skull while you’re at it?”). I have watched my home-recorded VHS upwards of 25-30 times and now that the DVD has been released, I look forward to adding it to my collection once again because . . . . “I can do this all day long! I’m talking about . . All Day Long!” Give it a spin and give it a chance.

  • eva-stenberg
    eva stenberg

    If you realize that a movie critique represents an INDIVIDUAL’S opinion which may be very different from your own, you probably also don’t take these comments too seriously. But – for what it’s worth – here’s mine re: Goin’ South: I found it very entertaining (and I’m probably fussier than most when it comes to movies). That’s what I value most in a film: entertainment. Any negative comments about this flick come from the more erudite crowd which knows or looks deeper for such things. I was even able to get past Nicholson’s character’s need for a good nose-blowin’, which usually really bothers me, but, in this case, I found it utterly hilarious. We’re gonna leave out recapping the plot – THAT’S pretty well taken care of not too far from here. But I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write something good about this picture because I think that it richly deserves it.

  • penny-green
    penny green

    The critics slammed this movie when it came out, as I recall. Exceedingly lofty expectations for Jack the director or something, I don’t know. I just know that 25 years has made this movie better. I liked it from the start, and it seems that the rest of the world is coming around. There are slow sections of this film, to be sure. But the great lines! “I wouldn’t take you to a dog fight if you was the defendin’ champion!” “We were just sayin’ how much we needed a figurine.” “Good mornin’, ladies! I SHORE ENJOYED them CANNED APRICOTS LAST NIGHT!!!”It bears up well to repeated watchings. What higher rating can a movie have?

  • tiffany-stephenson
    tiffany stephenson

    I saw it when it first came out in the 1970’s and thought it deserved more praise than it got. It is mostly an entertainment comedy with such lines as “You weren’t that hard to find. You were standing in the middle of town with a rope around your neck.” I read someplace where Mary Steenburgen had been working as a waitress in an Arizona dinner and Nicholson stopped in and thought she would be perfect for the part. I think there is some very touching scenes between Nicholson and Steenburgen that are well written and acted. Except for Christopher Lloyd the rest of the cast is wasted. I think the only reason John Belushi is in the movie is because Nicholson wanted to meet him. At that time Saturday Night Live was considered radical chic.