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Director:
Writers:
Michael Kane (written by) and
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Release Date:
22 January 1982 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The bayou has its own law... and they just broke it. See more »
Plot:
A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
An unexpected surprise that surpasses even my expectations. See more (124 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keith Carradine ... Spencer

Powers Boothe ... Hardin

Fred Ward ... Reece
Franklyn Seales ... Simms

T.K. Carter ... Cribbs

Lewis Smith ... Stuckey
Les Lannom ... Casper

Peter Coyote ... Poole

Alan Autry ... Bowden (as Carlos Brown)

Brion James ... Trapper

Sonny Landham ... Hunter

Allan Graf ... Hunter
Ned Dowd ... Hunter
Rob Ryder ... Hunter
Greg Guirard ... Cajun Couple
June Borel ... Cajun Couple
Jeanne-Louise Bulliard ... Cajun Dancer (as Jeanne Louise Bulliard)
Orel Borel ... Cajun Dancer
Jeannie Spector ... Cajun Dancer
Marc Savoy ... Cajun Musician
Frank Savoy ... Cajun Musician
Dewey Balfa ... Cajun Musician
John Stelly ... Cajun Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Oliveira ... Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Hill 
 
Writing credits
Michael Kane (written by) and
Walter Hill (written by) &
David Giler (written by)

Produced by
David Giler .... producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ry Cooder 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies  (as Freeman Davies)
 
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
 
Production Design by
John Vallone 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist
Dagmar Loesch .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gene Levy .... unit production manager
Venetia Stevenson .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Bob Roe .... second assistant director (as Robert Roe)
 
Art Department
Gus Basso .... greensman
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... painter (as Frank Costello)
Bruce E. Kasson .... property department (as Bruce Kasson)
Johnny Lattanzio .... paint foreman (as John Lattanzio)
Steve Lombardi .... propmaker
Craig Raiche .... property department
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... production sound (as Glenn Anderson)
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr. {wallaWorks})
Walter A. Gest .... re-recordist (as Walter Gest)
Stan Gilbert .... dialogue editor
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... assistant sound editor (as Robert Newlan)
Bill Nicholson .... re-recording mixer
Tony Romero .... production sound
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
James Utterback .... production sound
John Duffy .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cameron Frankley .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)
 
Stunts
Gregg Brazzel .... stuntman
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator (as Bennie Dobbins)
Melvin Jones .... stuntman
Max Kleven .... stuntman
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stuntman (as Conrad Palmisano)
Rock A. Walker .... stuntman (as Rock Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Davis .... grip
James Etheridge .... camera operator
Lynn Lockwood .... camera assistant
John London .... grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Maehl)
Tom May .... grip (as Tommy May)
Richard Craig Meinardus .... camera assistant (as Richard Meinardus)
Richard Montagne .... camera assistant
Neil Roach .... camera operator
James Zenk .... still photographer
Robert Jason .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Bea Lindzon .... extra casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costume supervisor
Dan Moore .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Lisa Zeno Churgin .... assistant film editor (as Lisa Churgin)
Carmel Davies .... assistant film editor
Teri E. Dorman .... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Jim Schurmann .... timer
David Orr .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ry Cooder .... music arranger
Ry Cooder .... musician: guitar
Jim Dickinson .... musician: keyboards
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Milt Holland .... musician: percussion
Kazu Matsui .... musical consultant
Marc Savoy .... musical consultant
Allen Sides .... music recorded & mixed by
Mark Ettel .... score engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Ronnie Baker .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Judy Bernardoni .... production accountant (as Judith Bernardoni)
Jerry Chinn .... craft service
Rob Corn .... production assistant
Lori Covel .... assistant: Mr. Giler
Lyla Foggia .... unit publicist
Mary F. Galloway .... location manager (as Mary Galloway)
Greg Guirard .... technical advisor
John Markanton .... technical advisor (as John Markanton Lt. Col. {Ret.})
Mary Meacham .... titles (as Mary Meacham-MGM Title)
Harriet Monroe .... location secretary
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor
Florian Schereck .... accounting assistant
Leigh Webb .... first aid
Mae Woods .... assistant: Mr. Hill
Lisbeth Wynn-Owen .... production coordinator
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production Companies
  • Cinema Group Ventures (as a presentation of Cinema Group) (as produced by Phoenix Company and Cinema Group Venture also)
  • Phoenix (II) (as A Phoenix Film) (as produced by Phoenix Company and Cinema Group Venture also)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:R | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2000) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
Brion James worked with an actual Louisiana Cajun to develop his accent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Simms:Why are we following this dumb bastard?
Stuckey:Because he's got stripes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982)See more »

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I've heard that the film is a parable for the Vietnam War. How so?
What is the music playing in the Cajun village towards the end of the film?
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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
An unexpected surprise that surpasses even my expectations., 16 December 2002
Author: mhasheider from Sauk City, Wisconsin

A bizarre yet excellent paranoia thriller that takes place in a swamp in the Louisana where eight National Guard members who are on a routine reconnaissance excerise, unwillingly and intentionally start an exhausting battle of wills and survival with some Cajuns who know the swamps like if their own backyard.

Director Walter Hill ("48 Hours", "Undisputed") and his screen-writers (David Giler and Michael Kane) have unveiled an expected surprise that surpasses even my expectations of a top-notch thriller. The trio have borrowed the backdrop from one of those not-so-smart slasher movies like "Friday the 13th", then change the location of the story to the Louisana Bayou, and give the viewer characters that we may like.

As for the cast, Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe emerge here to give the best performances. Boothe is good as Hardin, who came to the unit as a transfer from Texas while Carradine is the relatively easy-going Spencer. Fred Ward and Alan Autry also deliver here as two members who are both troublesome in two different ways. Ward is the bully who doesn't need much to provoke a fight with anyone and Autry is the emotionally shell-shocked soldier whose fragile feelings are rocked when the unit's leader, Sargeant Poole (Peter Coyote) is unexpectedly shot and killed.

Some of the locals that the team run into are either harmless or polite instead of being stereotyped. However, the Cajuns that are seeking revenge are about as hard to find as the shark in the first half of "Jaws".

Even a few of the Hill regulars: musician Ry Cooder, photographer Andrew Laszlo, and production designer John Vallone add another key element to the movie. The look, the feel, and especially - the music fit the atmosphere like it should be and I was satisfied with that.

Plus, the movie ads for "Southern Comfort" don't lie here and what happens in the film shows very clearly why.

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