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South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)

Valentine Casey is a U.S. Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past... See full summary »

Director:

Dwight Yoakam

Writers:

Dwight Yoakam (story), Dennis Hackin (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwight Yoakam ... Valentine Casey
Vince Vaughn ... Taylor Henry
Billy Bob Thornton ... Brig. Smalls
Bridget Fonda ... Adalyne Dunfries
Peter Fonda ... Shoshonee Bill
Paul Reubens ... Arvid Henry
Bud Cort ... Agent Otts
Michael Jeter ... Uncle Jude
Bo Hopkins ... Doc Angus Dunfries
Luke Askew ... Leland Henry
Joe Unger ... Nogales Sanchez
Matt Clark ... Burl Dunfries
Noble Willingham ... Sheriff Harris
Scott Wilson ... Clete Monroe
Ritchie Montgomery ... Harold
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Storyline

Valentine Casey is a U.S. Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past. He and his partner, U.S. Christmas, journey through the desert to a small town that the ruthless Henry Clan has hit in order to save Casey's love, Adalyne. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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It's A Little Strange Out There...

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al oeste del infierno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,666, 17 June 2001

Gross USA:

$28,149

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,149
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The machine gun was a Browning M1917 Water Cooled machine-gun in 30.06 caliber. See more »

Goofs

When Valentine goes out to talk to the Henrys outside of the Sherriff's office, when we see Valentine from the back, you can see a security camera on one of the buildings in the upper left-hand corner. See more »

Quotes

Valentine Casey: I don't know what you get a woman either. I aspected what the one thing you didn't get them.
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References The Grey Fox (1982) See more »

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THE FIRST THING SMOKIN'
words and music by
Dwight Yoakam and William F. Gibbons © 1992
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best ghost story in a while
15 December 2001 | by t1m0r4nSee all my reviews

Last night I rented SOUTH OF HEAVEN WEST OF HELL on dvd. I was expecting the typical western. It wasn't. It seems as if Dwight used the early 1900's and the traditional western theme as a structure for telling an interesting tale. While he pays tribute to a few classic western films, he didn't make yet another western.

Overall, I think Dwight and company did a fine job. I have read many reviews here at IMDb of people who hated the film, and, from the voting, it looks like there are many others who share that feeling. I am not sure what people find so bad. Granted, the movie was not perfect, but it was good enough that I think Dwight has a potential in writing and directing.

The story is interesting...if you get it. The filming was good, and it had plenty of beautiful Arizona scenery. Vince Vaughn and Luke Askew make a darn good bad guy, so good, I was cheering for them instead of Dwight. And, if nothing else, the comical parts of Agent Otts and U.S. Christmas make the movie worth watching.

I thought the movie was very entertaining. It had a David Lynch like feel which I enjoy: It was very aware of the absurd. Unfortunately there were a couple of scenes that were annoying to the point of nearly spoiling the entire film. Dwight excessively smooches with not one, but two pretty girls. (Are you beginning to get the feeling that I don't like him as a lead actor?) Each of the Dunfries brothers has an emotional breakdown and ruins otherwise splendid scene.

One of these tantrums is during what could have been one of my all time favorite movie scenes. Billy Bob Thorton, Briget Fonda, and Dwight Yoakam are having what Dwight called a dada conversation. Billy Bob is presenting a key piece of information in riddle like form, and Burl Dunfries is carrying on like a lunatic on PCP. The overbearing acting does not lend to the chaos, but instead, overwhelms it.

For what it's worth. I gave it 8 out of 10. I do not see how anyone could give it less than five stars. Not a perfect movie, but there are many quality pieces in it.


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