Going South

     Catagory: Comedy

     MPAA Rating: PG

     Owned By: Keith

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Movie Details:   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 men, Moon follows Tate back to her ranch, planning all the while to escape at the first possible opportunity. But Tate insists—and she is very good at insisting—that he honor his end of the bargain at work on the ranch. She has no intention of consummating the union, a fact that drives the hot-to-trot Moon up a wall. She puts him to work on the gold mine that she has on her property, while his old gang prepares to relieve the couple of their gold once it's on the surface. Before this can happen, Moon cracks under the pressure of celibacy, ties up Tate, and rapes her. Somehow we're not surprised that she enjoys the sensation and demands that he repeat his "outrage". Coming to as civilized an understanding as they're ever likely to reach, the couple ride off to the Mexican border with their gold, one step ahead of the bandits and the law. Jack Nicholson personally selected movie newcomer Mary Steenburgen for Goin' South, and as anyone can plainly see, his faith in her ability was not misplaced. The film also features John Belushi, funny but wasted in the role of a dyspeptic deputy.