Goin' South

Goin' South

Jack Nicholson (1978)

A Certificate
Wed 29 Nov 2:50pm - 5pm 5Spike


Our Score
After making a respectable directorial debut in 1971 with Drive, He Said, Jack Nicholson planned a mystical western called Moon Trap about a mountain man. But the project didn't please the studios and Nicholson eventually turned to Goin' South, an amiable and wayward western in which he escapes the gallows and rides away with Mary Steenburgen. Steenburgen got the part after Jane Fonda turned it down - she felt it was another Cat Ballou - and after newcomers Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep were tested. Owing much to the eccentric The Missouri Breaks, which Nicholson appeared in two years earlier, it's easy to enjoy, even if his trademark leers are no substitute for real acting. The picture, which features an early role for John Belushi, was a critical and commercial failure.


An outlaw avoids being hanged by marrying a woman determined to lead him back onto the straight and narrow. Comedy Western, starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Veronica Cartwright and Danny DeVito.

Cast & Crew

Henry Lloyd Moon Jack Nicholson
Julia Tate Mary Steenburgen
Frank Towfield Christopher Lloyd
Hector John Belushi
Clyde / "Hog" Danny DeVito
Hermine Veronica Cartwright
Sheriff Andrew Kyle Richard Bradford
Big Abe Jeff Morris
Coogan Tracey Walter
Effram Polty Gerald H Reynolds
Laurette Anderson Luana Anders
"Shorty" Anderson George W Smith
Mary Haber Lucy Lee Flippin
Whitey Haber Ed Begley Jr
Director Jack Nicholson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama