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Director:
Writers:
Michael Kane (written by) and
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Release Date:
22 January 1982 (Finland) See more »
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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 »
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Like "Deliverance" with Cajuns instead. Decent film throughout, with an ending elevating it to greatness. See more (122 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
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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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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:
Alan Autry, playing Corporal 'Coach' Bowden, was billed in the credits as Carlos Brown.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the dog attack, the protective pads on the men's arms are clearly visible.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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Like "Deliverance" with Cajuns instead. Decent film throughout, with an ending elevating it to greatness., 10 June 2012
Author: Munin75 from France

As a Frenchman I've long been fascinated with Cajun culture, surviving against all odds, so when I learned "Southern Comfort" was like "Deliverance" with Cajuns I figured it had to be fun and that I should check it out. I wasn't disappointed.

The plot is pretty simple. A National Guard squad gets stranded in Cajun country swamps, and are victim to attacks from the locals who consider that it's their land, and the film predictably proceeds in having the soldiers killed one at a time while they also destroy each-other because of their increasing paranoia.

The score and cinematography are great, as is the acting. However I must say that ultimately most of the movie with the soldiers stranded in the swamps isn't as intense as it could have been. It's surely entertaining, but pretty basic, and for that only I would have given "Southern Comfort" a 7. However, the last 20 minutes of the movie are absolutely fantastic, elevating the film to something highly satisfying. I don't want to spoil anything, and anyway I probably couldn't accurately describe how superbly cut the climatic ending of "Southern Comfort" is. If most of the film is just above average, the ending makes sitting through it even more worthwhile, as it all builds up to those last scenes.

The theme of the film obviously borrows from the Vietnam war, and the film itself inspired later films. Just a little trivia for you, I actually first learned about "Southern Comfort" from reading about the film "Aliens". "Southern Comfort" producer David Giler convinced the studio to make an "Alien" sequel by making the sequel like "Southern Comfort" in space. And it's true that "Aliens" does have a similar Vietnam war theme.

Anyway, "Southern Comfort" is a good 80s film which truly did remind me of "Deliverance", so if you liked that film, you will like this one too. Recommended.

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