GenreDrama, Western ProductionTrimark Pictures CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 27, 2000 (2000-11-27) WriterStan Bertheaud, Otto Felix (story), Dennis Hackin (story), Dwight Yoakam (screenplay), Dwight Yoakam (story) CastDwight Yoakam (Valentine Casey), Vince Vaughn (Taylor Henry), Billy Bob Thornton (Brig. Smalls), Bridget Fonda (Adalyne Dunfries), Peter Fonda (Shoshonee Bill), Paul Reubens (Arvid Henry) Similar moviesSaved!, Slums of Beverly Hills, Fish Tank, The Sum of Us, Bend It Like Beckham, Sleeper
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South of Heaven, West of Hell is a 2000 American Western film starring Dwight Yoakam, who also co-wrote, directed, and scored the movie.
The movie follows Valentine Casey (Yoakam), a Marshal in the Arizona territory, who receives a surprise visit from his outlaw adoptive father (Askew) on Christmas Eve 1907.
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."