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

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Spencer
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Hardin
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Reece
Franklyn Seales ...
Simms
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Cribbs
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Stuckey
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Casper
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Poole
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Bowden (as Carlos Brown)
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Trapper
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Hunter
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Hunter
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy C. Chandler ...
Pvt. Lincoln (uncredited)
Joseph Oliveira ...
Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Walter Hill

Written by

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Michael Kane ... (written by) and
Walter Hill ... (written by) &
David Giler ... (written by)

Produced by

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David Giler ... producer
William J. Immerman ... executive producer

Music by

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Ry Cooder

Cinematography by

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Andrew Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Freeman A. Davies ... (as Freeman Davies)

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Judith Holstra

Production Design by

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John Vallone

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould

Makeup Department

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Michael Germain ... makeup artist
Dagmar Loesch ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Gene Levy ... unit production manager
Venetia Stevenson ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Pat Kehoe ... first assistant director
Bob Roe ... second assistant director (as Robert Roe)

Art Department

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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

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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)

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Lawrence J. Cavanaugh ... special effects (as Larry Cavanaugh)

Stunts

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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)
Billy C. Chandler ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)
Dick Montagne ... camera assistant
Neil Roach ... camera operator
James Zenk ... still photographer
Robert Jason ... best boy electric (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Bea Lindzon ... extra casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tom Bronson ... costume supervisor
Dan Moore ... costumer

Location Management

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Mary F. Galloway ... location manager (as Mary Galloway)
Harriet Monroe ... location secretary

Music Department

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Ry Cooder ... music arranger / 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

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Ronnie Baker ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Judy Bernardoni ... production accountant (as Judith Bernardoni)
Jerry Chinn ... craft service
Rob Corn ... production assistant
Lori Covel ... assistant: Mr. Giler
Lyla Foggia ... unit publicist
Greg Guirard ... technical advisor
John Markanton ... technical advisor (as John Markanton Lt. Col. {Ret.})
Mary Meacham ... titles (as Mary Meacham-MGM Title)
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

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The bayou has its own law... and they just broke it. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Prey (United States)
  • Sans retour (France)
  • La presa (Spain)
  • Amaliiat-e-Mordab (Iran, Persian title)
  • Южняшко самочувствие (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $116,943, 27 Sep 1981

Did You Know?

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Trivia This movie has been read as a metaphor or an allegory for the Vietnam War, although director Walter Hill has explicitly stated he doesn't think such a reading is valid. See more »
Goofs During the dog attack, the protective pads on the men's arms are clearly visible. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Buried Treasures - 1987 Edition (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Song "Parlez-nous à Boire See more »
Quotes Cajun Trapper: I ain't gonna kill y'all if I don't got ta... you got a bayou over dere... take it... stay to the west side... you're gonna find a road about a mile up dere.
Hardin: Do you mind tellin' us what the Hell this is all about?
Cajun Trapper: It real simple... we live back in here... dis is our home, and nobody don't fuck with us.
Hardin: [pointing at Bowden, who is hanging dead from a tree] What about HIM?
Cajun Trapper: What about 'im?
Hardin: Did he do it to himself or did your friends help him out?
Cajun Trapper: [fires shot at Hardin's feet] Now, if I was you all, I'd quit askin' questions and haul ass... 'cause my buddies... dey not nice like me.
Hardin: Are we supposed to say thanks?
Cajun Trapper: You not supposed to say nuttin'... soldier.
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