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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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Spencer
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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
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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Action | Thriller

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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The Prey  »

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Filming the movie on location in the Louisiana swamps proved to be a very rough and rigorous ordeal. It was so cold and wet almost every day that many cast and crew members came down with the flu during the shoot. See more »

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During the dog attack, the protective pads on the men's arms are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Simms: Why are we following this dumb bastard?
Stuckey: Because he's got stripes.
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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 2 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Southern Greetings.
29 November 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Now this is a atmospheric survival action film and Walter Hill at his peak. Love it! It's so simple (although streaming through it is a biting allegory about the Vietnam War), but nonetheless exhilarating, tense and raw film-making. Sure the acting and dialogues aren't master-class, but however they're commendably pulled off. In which case Powers Boothe (whose booming voice takes charge) and Keith Carradine (excellently pitched as the guy of reasoning) are terrific leads, and the support Fred Ward (a memorably hot-head and tooting turn), T.K Carter, Lewis Smith, Franklyn Seales, Peter Coyote and Brion James are also quite compelling. Tough, authentic and a real sense of claustrophobic tension stems from the actor's rapport and cynical script. This blends well with the brutal bloody violence (like the barnstorming climax with the powerful freeze frame closing) and the dank, devouring swamp terrain that ultimately swallows them up. But where I think it's at its most effective is during the interludes of Ry Cooder's fascinatingly folksy music score. Each time it creeps in, it demonstrates the right illustrations to the striking visuals and harrowing moods. Cooder's handling is multi-layered and truly echoing. From a relaxing southern flavour, to a haunting stillness and a punishing sting. It's cohesively perfect in it's random shifts. Hill's bravura direction holds up tautly, as the well-used slow motion is suitably done and the highly measured suspense piercingly infused. I liked how the hunters are kept as void-like background figures, because towards the end it makes the whole paranoid feeling and unease thrillingly justified.


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