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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.

Director:

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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The bayou has its own law... and they just broke it. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Walter Hill, the concept of Keith Carradine's character "was that he was one of nature's aristocrats - graceful, confident of his own ability and able to separate himself from other people with an amusing remark", whereas the character played by Powers Boothe "is much more the rational, hardworking, self made individual" and as a result "just cannot believe the nature of the situation at first" whereas Carradine's can. 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

Simms: Why are we following this dumb bastard?
Stuckey: Because he's got stripes.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Buried Treasures - 1987 Edition (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Song "Parlez-nous à Boire
Dewey Balfa
Published by Flat Town Music Co.
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An unexpected surprise that surpasses even my expectations.
16 December 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

A bizarre yet excellent paranoia thriller that takes place in a swamp in the Louisana where eight National Guard members who are on a routine reconnaissance excerise, unwillingly and intentionally start an exhausting battle of wills and survival with some Cajuns who know the swamps like if their own backyard.

Director Walter Hill ("48 Hours", "Undisputed") and his screen-writers (David Giler and Michael Kane) have unveiled an expected surprise that surpasses even my expectations of a top-notch thriller. The trio have borrowed the backdrop from one of those not-so-smart slasher movies like "Friday the 13th", then change the location of the story to the Louisana Bayou, and give the viewer characters that we may like.

As for the cast, Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe emerge here to give the best performances. Boothe is good as Hardin, who came to the unit as a transfer from Texas while Carradine is the relatively easy-going Spencer. Fred Ward and Alan Autry also deliver here as two members who are both troublesome in two different ways. Ward is the bully who doesn't need much to provoke a fight with anyone and Autry is the emotionally shell-shocked soldier whose fragile feelings are rocked when the unit's leader, Sargeant Poole (Peter Coyote) is unexpectedly shot and killed.

Some of the locals that the team run into are either harmless or polite instead of being stereotyped. However, the Cajuns that are seeking revenge are about as hard to find as the shark in the first half of "Jaws".

Even a few of the Hill regulars: musician Ry Cooder, photographer Andrew Laszlo, and production designer John Vallone add another key element to the movie. The look, the feel, and especially - the music fit the atmosphere like it should be and I was satisfied with that.

Plus, the movie ads for "Southern Comfort" don't lie here and what happens in the film shows very clearly why.


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Country:

USA

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

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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