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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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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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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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After this movie was made and released, the Cajun culture would be seen in again in such other 1980s movies as No Mercy (1986), The Big Easy (1986), Angel Heart (1987) and Belizaire the Cajun (1986). See more »

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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 »

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Staff Sgt. Crawford Poole: [when they first meet] So, Hardin, how do you like being in the Louisiana Guard?
Hardin: [flat] I don't. But then I didn't much like being in the Texas Guard, either.
Staff Sgt. Crawford Poole: ...Well, not liking the Texas Guard makes sense. Not liking the LOUISIANA Guard can get you in trouble with me. You got that?
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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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