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Southern Comfort (1981)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  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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Casper
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Poole
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Ned Dowd ...
Hunter
Rob Ryder ...
Hunter
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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 and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The bayou has its own law... and they just broke it. See more »


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Trivia

The song "Parlez nous à boire", heard towards the end of this movie, was actually sung by Dewey Balfa, a Cajun musician who performed the traditional Cajun Indian music in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Tyrone Cribbs sees the dead deer, he makes the statement "..damn, somebody shot Rudolph". When we hear this the words don't match the movement of Cribbs's lips. He's seen saying something entirely different. See more »

Quotes

Spencer: How long you been married?
Hardin: Five years.
Spencer: Happily?
Hardin: Yeah. I like her, she's got a good sense of humor. Why do you ask?
Spencer: Well, I just figured if I get out of here alive and you don't, I might look her up.
Hardin: Hey, I said *she* has a good sense of humor. *I* don't.
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Referenced in The Time of Warriors (1991) See more »

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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Violent and exciting survival thriller.
16 December 2005 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

A group of National Guardsmen led by Hardin(Powers Boothe)and Spencer(Keith Carradine)get on the bad side of swamp-dwelling Cajuns while conducting maneuvers in the bayou.Bloodshed ensues.Hardin and Spencer must then go on the run through the Louisiana swamps if they're to survive.This violent and exciting survival thriller owes a lot to John Boorman's fantastic "Deliverance".Walter Hill does a fine job of showing how an area as large as a bayou can be claustrophobic and the ultra-intense finale shows some top-notch editing.The acting is great and the script raises some serious questions about the behaviour of man."Southern Comfort" can also be seen as an allegorical treatment of the Vietnam conflict.8 out of 10.A must-see!


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