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Director:
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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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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:
Cpl. Lonnie Reece:Like steel pussies
[pointing to bear traps]
Pfc. Tyrone Cribbs:What kind of women you been hanging around with?
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35 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
When things go wrong in the swamp, 30 April 2005
Author: Tord S Eriksson from Gothenburg, Sweden

This little gem is a moral story about how things can go wrong, very badly, when someone for a lark opens fire with blanks - those you shoot at have no chance to know that and thus rightfully shoot back, which starts a killing spree from both sides.

One side is a troop out of the Loisiana National Guard on exercise in the swamps, the other is the locals, who enjoy their French culture and life out in the swamp.

None is more evil than the other, none is more mad than the other, but the soldiers are far from home, and out of their element.

Walter Hill, the director and co-writer of Southern Comfort, does a very good job in this tale clearly inspired by the events in Viet Nam. Hill is maybe more known for such diverse films as 48 hours, Brewster's millions and Last Man Standing, and as the producer of Alien and Tales from the Crypt,.

Andrew Laszlo, for many known as the cinematographer of films like Rambo: First Blood and the TV-series Shogun, does a fantastic job here - very poetic photography in this grim setting.

Many of the actors have never been better, before, or after. This is not least true for Powers Boothe, who plays the only outsider among the soldiers. He has never been better since, Keith Carradine (who some of us remember from 'Hair' on Braodway, or 'Nashville' - which earned him an Oscar for a song!) is the intellectual, Fred Ward (Escape from Alcatraz, Short Cuts) is the cool killer type, Peter Coyote ('Keys' in E.T.) is the staff sergeant lost in the woods, Alan Autry ('Bubba' in 'In the heat of the night') freaks out, completely, Brion James (Bladerunner) excellently plays a one-armed Cajun trapper whose life take a turn for the bad when he is blamed for the first death, and Les Lannon (Silkwood, in which Fred Ward also appeared) is the sergeant that is totally out of his league in the swamp. These are just a few of the excellent cast. Forgot: One of the guys hunting the Guards is Sandy Landham, well known for his excellent acting in Predator. Scary guy - he even had a personal bodyguard during the filming of Predator - to protect those around him from his tantrums!

Add to this Ry Cooder's musical genius, in the film he's performing with Jim Dickinson and Milt Holland, the Cajun setting, and ditto music and dancing, and you have a film to remember for ever.

The only thing I don't like is the ending - did Hill run out of ideas about how to do it?

9/10

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