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Southern Comfort (1981)
A "Masterpiece"? give me a break!
The National Guardsmen in the film are in NO WAY accurate depictions of real soldiers, nor are their actions realistic. At the time the movie was released I was a member of the Illinois Army National Guard in the Infantry. Military field training exercises are NEVER conducted in areas where civilian recreational, residential, or business personnel may be near. And, despite what was depicted in the film, National Guardsmen CAN read maps, as long as the maps are up to date and accurate. And most patrols I went out on, we carried at least 2 (TWO) radios, plus other signaling devices. In short, the scenario in the movie, would, in all likelihood, never happen in real-life. So, let's just remember, IT'S ONLY A MOVIE.
Navy Seals (1990)
As real as Hollywood gets.
This film is PURE Hollywood. Sheen's character, (Ens. Hawkins), would not have completed SEAL training with his "lone wolf" attitude. From day one, SEAL candidates are trained in TEAMs, as TEAMs. No one will complete the training if they show ANY signs of not being able, (or willing), to follow orders. SEALs need to know that they can depend on each other in combat. And that means that they follow orders and watch each other's back. This film is NOT a representation of real SEALs in action, or real SEAL attitudes.