Goodnight for Justice

Synopsis: It's the late nineteenth century US. When he was a boy in the Wyoming Territory, John William Goodnight was on a covered wagon that passed as the local stagecoach in the area with his farmer parents and Judge Aldous Shaw and his wife Rebecca Shaw, who the Goodnights had only just met before the start of their travels from what was then a town called Dry Gulch, which has now been renamed Crooked Stick. Targeting Judge Shaw who had just convicted their partner, bandits attacked the wagon, killing all on board except John and Mrs. Shaw, who ended up raising John as her own. A Chicago lawyer who believes in the law but not in lawyers, John, who lives hard and according to Rebecca should long ago have been dead because of it, has just been appointed by the Governor of Illinois as a circuit court judge for the Wyoming Territory, known as the most lawless region on the continent. Rebecca is the one who arranged this appointment, as she feels that John's recklessness is due to still being that
Genre: Western
Director(s): Jason Priestley
Production: Entertainment One
88 min

Mr. Goodnight?

Mr. Goodnight,

I have a 9:
00 appointment!


Mr. Goodnight,

I have a 9:
00 appointment!

Yeah, just a minute.

I'll be right with you.


- You're Goodnight?

- Yeah.

Morgan, right?

Come on in.

I'll be right with you.

I'll be with you guys momentarily.

I was expecting

someone a little more, um...


Yeah, I can't say I blame you.

Thing is, I was up all night

on a case.

No cause for concern.

You'll get your money's worth,

I assure you.

So, uh, it's true you've never lost

a trial?

So far.

What can I do for you?

Um, I need a patent.

So, you're an inventor?

I'm just an ordinary man

with an idea.

Well, every man is ordinary

until he does an extraordinary thing.


May I speak frankly?

Of course.

I'm not entirely sure if my invention

is 100% original.

Well, Shakespeare borrowed

all but three or four of his ideas.

That puts you

in pretty good company.

Uh, excuse me.

I'm in a meeting here.

John William Goodnight,

you're under arrest.

For what?

For disturbing the peace,

public drunkenness,

illegal gambling,

and destruction of property...

rooms 13, 47, and 49,

The Drake Hotel.

That, yes. Well, I will take care

of those damages right here.

So, um...

Uh, Mr. Morgan, I'll be in touch.


You Goodnight?

Stand aside.

This man's under arrest.

Not anymore.

You wanted to see me, sir?

Do you know why you're here?

I have a few ideas,

most of them unpleasant.

I believe the word

is "unprofessional. "

I can't argue with that.

Tell me...

do you like being a lawyer,

Mr. Goodnight?

Well, sir, while I-I have

a great deal of respect for the law,

I can't, uh, I can't say the same

for lawyers, myself included.

And why is that?

For a lawyer,

justice is inconsequential.

Victory is paramount.


And you are tired of winning?

Well, you can be happy to know that

your winning streak

has come to an end.

You will no longer be practicing law

in the state of Illinois.

Are you, uh, taking away my license?


Not quite.

Put your hand on the Bible.

It is with the power vested in me

by the President of the United States

that I hereby appoint you,

John William Goodnight,

to the position of Circuit Judge

in the Wyoming Territory...

...where you can continue

to demonstrate

your respect for the law,

and perhaps find

some respect for yourself.

Do you accept?

Do I have a choice?


You know what I

will miss the most?

Looking out there

at all that land and sky

knowing it once was ours.

We could sell my ring.

You've already given up enough.

We all have.

It could buy us another month.

Another month without rain

ain't gonna grow those crops.

Besides, there are some things

that ain't to be sold.

Like what?

A wedding ring.

And a man's soul.

We did our best out here.

There will be other times.

I know.

Grab your things.

Don't want to miss the stage.

You keep hold of that, Johnny.

You don't let it break...


I got to go.

Where's the stagecoach?

This town doesn't have one, son.

We'll ride out on this

and catch a stage in Laramie.

We got enough for candy?

- Can I help you?

- How much for candy?

How much you got?

- Grab a handful.

- Thank you, sir.

I always go for the peppermint.

On your way, Judge?

Worn out my welcome, I think.

Well, not in my book. That piece

of dirt deserved to be hanged.

I hope so.

Looks like we'll

be traveling together.

Aldous Shaw, Circuit Judge.

My wife, Rebecca.

William and Anna Goodnight.

- Pleased to meet you.

Where you folks headed?

- John.

- Oh.

- Where are you folks headed?

- Back east.

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