'Goodnight for Justice': Luke Perry brings back the Western -- want a sequel?

Goodnight-for-JusticeImage Credit: Katie Yu/Crown Media Holdings, Inc.Last night, Hallmark Movie Channel premiered the Jason Priestley-directed Western Goodnight for Justice. It stars Luke Perry, who developed the idea for a movie about a character named John Goodnight, a lawyer who becomes the circuit judge for the deadly Wyoming territory. There, as a boy, he witnessed the murders of his parents and a circuit judge. The judge’s wife raised John as her own, and got him the appointment because she thinks he’ll drink and fight himself to death unless he finds the outlaw and gets closure. Along the way, he proves himself a decent man and a fair judge, seeing through chauvinists and bigots. He also meets Lara Gilchrist’s Kate — a talkative women, so we think of Goodnight as the classic strong, silent type when he’s not delivering monologues in court — who turns out to be the daughter of the man who killed his family. 

Now I reviewed the movie in Entertainment Weekly‘s What to Watch section, but in 45 words, it’s tough to explain why I gave it a C+. I appreciate anyone who appreciates Westerns — my dream movie experience is seeing Red River at a drive-in — and Perry’s commitment to the role is obvious, as is his passion for it. The first time I watched it, I giggled. There’s just something funny about hearing his slow, breathy Dylan McKay voice in the Wild West. That’s not Perry’s fault. But it’s a fact, and I imagine I’m not the only person who took much of the film to get over it. By the end, however, I was just chuckling when Goodnight said something funny, and Perry’s forehead lines and hairy chest won me over. (I love to think of Priestley directing his old friend in those shirtless scenes — first a bath, then some heavy kissing after Kate sewed up a gunshot wound. Why couldn’t Montgomery Clift have been shirtless in that Red River rain scene with Joanne Dru?). When John told Kate to hold on to his mother’s wedding ring (the one her father had stolen and given to her as a child after the murders) because he’d be back, I was okay with Priestley and Perry setting up a possible sequel. I just hope we don’t need any cheesy close-ups on Perry signifying we are about to get a flashback in the next one, because Goodnight has closure now. Also, maybe they can get a score that doesn’t sound so much like a Hallmark movie.

So what do you say? Do you want to see John Goodnight again? Or should he just ride off into the sunset?



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  • Mary L

    Liked the Movie very much. Would like to see more Westerns.

  • Heather

    Yes! I loved it!

  • Diane

    I Luke Perry is absolutely wonderful in these Hallmark Westerns…….I look forward to a sequel and more westerns !!

  • cheryl nugent

    great movie keep them coming

  • Jenny

    We really enjoyed it. We’d really like to see a sequel. Plus, we have to find out what happens..:-)

    • Dayna

      OH … YES…. Bring on another one ….. This was great … They could use the story of the guy that the new sheriff arrested and say some of his men brok him out of jail and he started back up with his bad ways …. Because you think about it … The man owns a hundred thousand acres …. He’s not going to let that go real easy … And then use the same girl and have the judge come back for her and marry her and then maybe this bad guy kidnaps her for revenge ….. See they have a real good sequel … Huh ????

  • Angel C

    YES YES YES…It was all I hoped it would be. If there is a sequel, I would love to see Jason in a part as well. Luke was superb!! Beautiful and touching story.

    • kim c

      the movie great!! a sequel would be a plus..more westerns on hallmark…

  • Sean

    YES. White Cloud’s twin brother will get his revenge when he finds out his long lost brother has been killed.

  • Angel C

    YES!! This movie was everything I hoped it would be. It was a beautiful story. Luke was superb! I would absolutely love to see a sequel. It would be awesome to see Jason play a part as well. Please make another one!!

  • carol

    Would like to see it on the regular Hallmark channel

  • Nancy

    Yea I like Luke Perry and yes he should do more movies. I never got to watch Goodnight for Justice because I don’t have HMC all I have is the regular Hallmark Channel so could you move it over to that station so the rest of us can watch it. Really appricate it if you could. Thanks

  • Nancy

    already commented just forgot to mark the notify me button.

  • Virginia

    It was never on for I was waiting and saw on Hallmark Channel “The I Love Lucy Show” there for I miss it

    • Diana

      yes, have Luke Perry make more movies Please!!!I thought it was a great movie .

    • Diana

      You have to go to the Hallmark Movie Channel, not the regular Hallmark channel.

  • Cheryl Gray

    Yes, Luke Perry should make more movies for Hallmark. We wish the movie had been shown on the Hallmark Channel. We do not have access to the Hallmark Movie Chanel.

  • Mary

    Loved the film, I felt at a loss because the way it ended, hopefully there will be a sequel. I like the older Luke Perry, he has mature in his acting.

    • Linda Egan

      Great movie. Hope to see it on a regular basis.

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