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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort (1981)


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A handful of part time soldiers unwittingly turn a field exercise into a miniature war in this offbeat action drama from writer and director Walter Hill. A group of National Guard reservists are sent to Louisiana on a chilly weekend for war games exercises. None of these weekend warriors seem especially happy to be there, especially laid-back Spencer (Keith Carradine), tightly-wound macho man Reece (Fred Ward) and transplanted Texan Hardin (Powers Booth). While making their way through swamp


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Walter Hill, Michael Kane

May 22, 2001

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2) | DVD (3)

Walter Hill gives machismo, and he takes it away

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Fails to deliver all that's promised.

June 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An atmospheric, tough-as-nails survival tale, and arguably Walter Hill's best movie overall. Well cast with a great Ry Cooder score. Packs a definite wallop.

October 10, 2005 | Comment (1)
Fantastica Daily

Perfectly entertaining gung-ho war flick. Walter Hill knows his action.

April 3, 2005

Goes down relatively smooth. Pour yourself a glass or three of its namesake, and enjoy!

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Southern Comfort

This movie is fucking entertaining as all get out. Just look at the line up in this movie: Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Carradine, these guys are all great in this trashier version of Deliverance. But instead of that plastic Reynolds and Voight facing rednecks, these guys are facing people from my neck of the woods. It's a helluva lot of fun with an ending that I loved. There were a couple of bumpy parts, but the creepy, violent thrilling moments more than make up for it. Walter Hill is underrated and usually thought of as just an action director, but this movie shows him as a filmmaker who knows there is more to what most people consider B-movies than meets the eye.
March 30, 2009

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A 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.

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.

A great movie and well worth checking out.
May 18, 2008
David Ladd

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On exercises in the swamps of Louisiana, some National Guardsmen provoke an indigenous Cajun trapper community and find themselves systematically hunted for sport. As Robert Aldrich's "Too Late the Hero" and John Boorman"s "Deliverance" covered somewhat similar ground, "Southern Comfort" wins no prizes for originality, but it's still an excellent, unusually intelligent action movie. Walter Hill assembles a cast of dependable B-listers -- including Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote and Brion James -- and Ry Cooder's bottleneck guitar perfectly compliments the hauntingly beautiful swampland scenery. The infighting of the National Guardsmen is generally well-handled, but the mutual antipathy between Ward and Boothe is rather improbably resolved . Also, considering that the Guardsmen have only been out in the swamp for a couple of days, the fact that three of them go a little doolally feels like two too many, at least. The tense finale is absolutely brilliantly executed. The use of booby-traps points the way to "First Blood", released the following year.
March 16, 2008

Super Reviewer

Atmospheric variation on the Deliverance theme involving a collection of arrogant gun-toting rednecks in uniform biting off more than they can chew in the lawless louisiana swamp. Could also be read as an allegory of the US involvement and subsequent defeat in Vietnam (if you are so inclined.)
July 14, 2007
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