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Southern Comfort (1981)

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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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Hardin
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Reece
Franklyn Seales ...
Simms
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Cribbs
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Stuckey
Les Lannom ...
Casper
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Poole
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Bowden (as Carlos Brown)
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Hunter
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Hunter
Ned Dowd ...
Hunter
Rob Ryder ...
Hunter
Greg Guirard ...
Cajun Couple
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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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It's the land of hospitality... unless you don't belong. See more »

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The Prey  »

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This movie's storyline is similar to the director Walter Hill's previous film at the time, The Warriors (1979). In both movies, characters have a journey to find their way home encountering various dangerous obstacles, a hostile environment and aversive enemies along the way. See more »

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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 »

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Sgt. Casper: Son of a bitch! You could've busted his jaw!
Simms: That's right.
Sgt. Casper: We want him to talk!
Cpl. Lonnie Reece: You almost knocked his mouth straight down to his ass.
Sgt. Casper: Jesus Christ, Simms! We've got to interrogate the man. Now how the hell is he gonna talk to us if you're gonna break his fuckin' jaw?
Simms: That's his fuckin' problem!
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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Very impressed
2 June 2004 | by (West Palm Beach, Florida) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film for the first time recently and I keep watching it over and over before I have to return it. I wasn't expecting such a great film. I agree with the Vietnam metaphor, but it was lighter fare being set in the Louisiana Bayou. There was never a dull moment and there was just the right amount of humor between the tension. The cast was great, most of the acting was very believable. It was surely one of Powers Boothe's best performances. One reason I enjoy it so much is because there isn't a lot of high-tech special effects. The bear-traps are quite effective. Also in the very tense last 20 minutes, there's blood & guts and it's real blood & guts. I was very creeped out when Hardin looks out a window and sees hangmen nooses being strung up. I'm affected every time. He can say more with his eyes than most people can with their mouth. His brooding intensity playing off of Carradine's lightness was perfect. Fred Ward was great too. I have not one bad thing to say about this movie and it's incorrect to say it is anti-Cajun. It's message was respect the natives. Sometimes we don't do that. I lived near quite a few National Guardsmen in Oregon, and, yes, the movie was believable in relation to them.


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