Goin' South

1978 film by Jack Nicholson

Goin' South is a 1978 American western-comedy film in which, due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the Sheriff, the bank, and each other.

Directed by Jack Nicholson. Written by John Herman Shaner, Al Ramrus, Charles Shyer, and Alan Mandel.
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Henry MoonEdit

  • Well, I ain't no slab of meat to be auctioned off, but what the hell? Fine by me.
  • I'll never forget you, Hermine. You was the first woman I didn't have to pay for.
  • [to a homely woman who's sizing him up for matrimony] I wouldn't take you to a dog-fight if you was the defendin' champ!
  • Poultry is just another way of sayin' chicken.
  • Hold on, Towfield, you're wrinklin' my good luck ban-dan-na.


  • Hermine: [to Henry Moon just prior to his hanging] You was the best I ever had... 'cept maybe for that circus fella.


Deputy Towfield: [of Moon's marriage] It's bad, huh?
Henry Moon: Like eggs rolled in sand.

Henry Moon: Well?! Anybody hungry?
Big Abe: [deadpan] Hungry?! Shit, I could eat a frozen dog.
Henry Moon: Well, we'll go on out to the kitchen and see if we got one already froze.

Sheriff Andrew Kyle: Julia, are you drunk?
Julia Tate: Sheriff Kyle, you know I don't drink.
Henry Moon: 'Course she don't drink!


  • Saved from the hangman, for a fate worse than death!
  • For Henry Moon, life was just beginning.


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