South of Heaven, West of Hell (film)
|South of Heaven, West of Hell|
|Directed by||Dwight Yoakam|
|Produced by||Tony Brown|
|Written by||Dwight Yoakam|
Billy Bob Thornton
|Music by||Dwight Yoakam|
(Additional music by Jim Latham)
|Edited by||Robert A. Ferretti|
Delta Deuce Films
|Distributed by||August Entertaintment|
Blue steel Releasing
- Dwight Yoakam as Valentine Casey
- Billy Bob Thornton as Brig. Smalls
- Vince Vaughn as Taylor Henry
- Bridget Fonda as Adalyne Dunfries
- Peter Fonda as Shoshonee Bill
- Paul Reubens as Arvid Henry
- Bud Cort as Agent Otts
- Michael Jeter as Uncle Jude
- Bo Hopkins as ‘Doc’ Angus Dunfries
- Luke Askew as Leland Henry
- Joe Ely as Petrified Paul
Shortly before production began, the financier backed out and Yoakam made the decision to finance the film on his own, partially through the sale of his home in Malibu. His production company (A Cast of Strays) ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and several crew members registered complaints with unions and filed lawsuits in small claims court against the company. Yoakam said it was "the hardest experience I've ever gone through in my professional life in terms of executing art". To help pay off the debt accrued while making the movie, Yoakam hired a cheaper backing band in 2002, which resulted in a falling out with his longtime producer, bandleader, and guitarist Pete Anderson.
The film was a critical and box office failure. It grossed $28,140 domestically (on nine screens) on an estimated $4 million budget. The film received a 14% "rotten" rating by Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 3.5 out of 10. The film holds a 4.1 out of 10 rating at the Internet Movie Database. Robert Koehler of Variety said that the film "lacks the critical ingredients of shape, consistent tone, rhythm and economy that would make this truly old-fashioned oater into a lean, compelling adventure". He added that "there's no grace to the interplay of images and emotions. At every step, the filmmakers seem unable to pull off an exaggerated horse opera, and they never know when to pull the plug on scenes that are going nowhere". Writing for Film Threat, Michael Dequina said in his review that "watching Yoakam’s film...is like eating a shit sandwich. The title may be a cutesy joke describing someplace close to hell, but make no mistake—this film is hell."
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- "Movie-Making Experience a "Little Bit of Hell" for Yoakam". CMT. August 8, 2003. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- Baldwin, Brent (August 2, 2011). "For Pete's Sake". Style Weekly. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- Koehler, Robert (December 18, 2000). "Review: 'South of Heaven, West of Hell'". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- Dequina, Michael (December 26, 2000). "South of Heaven, West of Hell". Film Threat. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
- South of Heaven, West of Hell on IMDb
- South of Heaven, West of Hell at AllMovie
- South of Heaven, West of Hell at Rotten Tomatoes
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