Southern Comfort (1981)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  25 September 1981 (USA)
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A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklyn Seales ...
Les Lannom ...
Bowden (as Carlos Brown)
Ned Dowd ...
Rob Ryder ...
Greg Guirard ...
Cajun Couple


A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience. Written by Keith Loh <>

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It will show you as much about SURVIVAL as 'Deliverance' as much about HUMAN COURAGE as 'Midnight Express' as much about ARMED CONFLICT as 'Apocalypse Now' See more »


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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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This movie was the second collaboration of director Walter Hill and composer Ry Cooder. See more »


While at the "town", the Cajun Hunter, played by Sonny Landham, shoots Hardin (Powers Boothe) in the left shoulder. Spenser comes in the room and fires his M-16, drawing attention away from the Hunter trying to finish the job on Hardin. The Hunter then turns and raises his rifle to shoot Spenser, then Hardin stabs the Hunter in the groin with a knife he took from a table. After the hunter falls to the floor in pain, the camera cuts to Hardin, who is seen with the bullet wound and blood on his right shoulder. The shot was obviously reversed for some reason. See more »


Spencer: And what'd you paint the cross on your chest for?
Cpl. 'Coach' Bowden: That's part of the joke.
Spencer: What joke?
Cpl. 'Coach' Bowden: It's a corporal joke, private.
Sgt. Casper: Oh what the hell Bowden, you dumb son of a bitch, you just blew up all the supplies we captured, all the guns, the ammo, the food...
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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Nice little backwoods brutality picture. Don't expect "Deliverance", but still better than most of its ilk.
19 February 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I hope that if my life's ever in danger, these guys won't come to my rescue! Honestly, some have complained about the negative Cajun stereotypes in this movie, but the National Guard are depicted as the biggest bunch of incompetents imaginable. The trailers for this film compared it to "Deliverance" and "Apocalypse Now". While "Southern Comfort" is nowhere near the level of those classics, its still a nice little thriller. It goes to prove that Walter Hill is one of the most underrated filmmakers ever. With "The Driver", "The Warriors", and this to his credit, its a shame the man isn't more than just a cult figure.

The film itself is pretty good. This may just be a grade-b "Deliverance" but its one of the better backwoods brutality films from the time (not to mention one of the last). The acting all around is good, especially the underrated Powers Boothe and Fred Ward. The direction by Hill is tight, taut, and quickly paced as usual. There is only one major complaint I have. First off, the screenplay by Michael Kane is better than most of his but still pretty poor. The dialog is lame, the situations largely implausible on closer inspection, and the story isn't really involving until the end. Fortunately, Hill is such a good action director that this film still remains a good way to kill two hours. Special mention must go to the fantastic score by Ry Cooder, possibly his best work. (7/10)

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