Henry Lloyd Moon, he plays. Man, I’ve never seen Jack Nicholson so charming. And now I know why they picked Mary Steenbergen for Back to the Future.
Happened to stumble on a biography of Jack Nicholson during a down time on my last trip to Chicago. Mentioned all his movies–had never heard of this one, Goin’ South, but it sounded like it might be good. Though they didn’t go into details of what it was about, they said it was unique and fun. Imagine how surprised I was to find it on the library shelf…with Jack’s animated face on the cover, devilishly daring me to watch it.
Well, suffice it to say, it’s a western–with a one-of-a-kind Nicholson touch (I’ve decided I’m in love with the guy). I love his western-hill-folk accent and, of course, his slightly crazy eyes and enticing smile. A couple of other great stars playing along–John Belushi, Christopher Lloyd–make great companion characters.
Jack’s a criminal about to get hanged. The town has a law that says if a woman will take a condemned man and marry him, he’ll be spared the gallows. Ohmygod, that whole scene is hilarious. And then the scene where Jack shoots up the stagecoach his erstwhile wife Julia (Steenbergen) is running away on—very entertaining.
Jack forces Julia to “git off” the coach and tells the driver to go along. The sheriff, ridin’ shotgun on the coach, says “we don’t desert our women out here.” Julia says, “it’s alright sheriff. He’s just tryin’ to impress me.”
You know, now that I think about it, I guess it’s a plain and simple adorable love story with western trappin’s. I’d say, go git it sometime.