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Release Date:
25 September 1981 (USA) See more »
The bayou has its own law... and they just broke it. See more »
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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  (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)
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)
Dick 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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Additional Details

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This movie is not based on a real incident where native Cajuns clashed with the National Guard. This story concept was a fictional story.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dog Soldiers (2002)See more »


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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Very impressed, 2 June 2004
Author: MagicPowers from West Palm Beach, Florida

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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