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Southern Comfort (1981)

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During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

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Walter Hill

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Rob Ryder ... Hunter
Greg Guirard Greg Guirard ... Cajun Couple
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Storyline

A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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It will show you as much about SURVIVAL as 'Deliverance' as much about HUMAN COURAGE as 'Midnight Express' as much about ARMED CONFLICT as 'Apocalypse Now' See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prey See more »

Filming Locations:

Caddo Lake, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,943, 27 September 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Autry, playing Corporal 'Coach' Bowden, was billed in the credits as Carlos Brown. See more »

Goofs

At approximately 1:27 into the movie when Spencer and Hardin find Bowden hanging from the railroad bridge, you can clearly see the ratchet winch and cable used to support Bowden's body harness. This can be seen to the left of Spencer and Hardin when they are looking up at the trapper pointing his gun down at them. See more »

Quotes

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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Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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Violent and exciting survival thriller.
16 December 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A group of National Guardsmen led by Hardin(Powers Boothe)and Spencer(Keith Carradine)get on the bad side of swamp-dwelling Cajuns while conducting maneuvers in the bayou.Bloodshed ensues.Hardin and Spencer must then go on the run through the Louisiana swamps if they're to survive.This violent and exciting survival thriller owes a lot to John Boorman's fantastic "Deliverance".Walter Hill does a fine job of showing how an area as large as a bayou can be claustrophobic and the ultra-intense finale shows some top-notch editing.The acting is great and the script raises some serious questions about the behaviour of man."Southern Comfort" can also be seen as an allegorical treatment of the Vietnam conflict.8 out of 10.A must-see!


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