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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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Four of them with automatic weapons against some swamp rat. I make it even money. 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:
The production shoot for this movie went for nine weeks with cast and crew working six day weeks.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the dog attack, the protective pads on the men's arms are clearly visible.See more »
Quotes:
Cpl. 'Coach' Bowden:Caspar! Comes a time when you have to abandon principles and do what's right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Four of them with automatic weapons against some swamp rat. I make it even money., 7 January 2012
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Southern Comfort is directed by Walter Hill who also co-writes the screenplay with Michael Kane and David Giler. It stars Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T.K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Les Lannom, Peter Coyote and Carlos Brown. Music is scored by Ry Cooder and cinematography by Andrew Laszlo.

1973 and nine Louisiana National Guardsmen head into the bayous on a routine training mission but become lost. Taking some moored canoes to cross a river, leaving a note of explanation, they find that within a short space of time they are in a fight for their lives against a Cajun foe whose territory they are now completely at the mercy of.

The comparisons to Deliverance are obvious and fair, the metaphor for Vietnam, too, is rightly associated to Walter Hill's movie, but it's a good enough picture across the board to stand proudly on its own two feet. Southern Comfort is expert film making, where it's both a taut action suspense film and an exercise in arresting visuals. Narratively as well the film is always strong, where the group dynamic of uniformed men trying to survive in a hostile environment, is tossed about like a rag doll amongst the swampy bayous of Louisiana.

As evidenced by much of his CV, Hill is a master of action choreography, and Southern Comfort finds him on top form. Be it mano-mano fights or flighty pursuits, he pulls the viewer into those swamps to feel it as it is. Set almost bleakly to a back drop of murky greys and greens, with Laszlo's photography suitably monochrome and misty, the mood is often one of disquiet, even as the film reaches the last quarter to be played out in a Cajun village, the men, and us, never feel safe, it's consistently a Hillbilly Hell. The pursuers are barely glimpsed, where Hill wisely sets them up as phantoms in the forests, predators who hold all the aces against their hopelessly out of their depth prey.

The ensemble cast are impressive, led in uniform by Carradine, Boothe and Ward, with scuzzy trapper support coming from Mr. Reliable himself, Brion James. While one of the "hunters" is played by Sonny Landham, and everyone knows that he is one tough old boy you don't mess with! Setting, themes and story are boosted no end by Ry Cooder's evocative score, where his unusual flecks of Cajun flavours pings about the swamps like an aural firefly. Big bonus is the use of traditional Cajun music for the village sequences, Parlez Nous a Boire is performed with gusto and a genuine love of drinking! Here, too, we are treated to some traditional Cajun dancing, and Hill leaves us in no doubt that not all Cajun's are murdering hicks.

It stops short of being a masterpiece because there's some adherence to action movie formula, and one (literally) explosive scene makes no sense at all. Regardless, this is one of the better male based action movies out there, crafted by a seriously talented and under valued director. 9/10

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