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MADELEINE SHANER
from the screenplay by John Herman Shaner, Al Ramarus, Charles Shyer & Alan Mandel
Goin' South


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Corgi, London, 1979
(price: 85p; 208 pages)


The blurb on the back:

Saved by a woman from the hangman's noose. Henry Moon could never have guessed just what the lady had saved him for!
Moon was an incorrigible, high-spirited outlaw with a hankering for loose women, other folks' money, slow days and fast nights.
Julia was a beautiful, uppity young filly, who wanted a man to make her rich and figured Moon would do as well as any and better than most.


opening lines:
The rider crashed through the dry chapparal, a galloping blur of speed almost obscured by a scudding cloud of sand stirred up by his thudding hooves and hanging in the air as he passed.


Check this cast: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Danny DeVito. Can't go wrong? Oh yes you can. This wasn't a very good movie - the presence of four screen-writers suggests a lack of coherence - and certainly the book is a waste of time. Don't bother. (Not that you were going to.)


ARTISTIC MERIT: 1/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
1/5


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