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The barely functional unit of city boys and macho rednecks invades the environs of the local Cajun trappers and poachers, "borrowing" the locals' boats and sending bursts of blank rounds over their heads in a show of contempt. Before they know it the dysfunctional strangers in a strange land are on the losing end of a guerrilla war. The swamp rats kill their commanding officer (Peter Coyote) and terrorize the bickering bunch as they flee blindly through the jungle without a map, a compass, or a leader to speak of.
Hill directs with a clean simplicity, creating tension as much from the primal landscape and the Cajuns' unsettling reign of terror as from the dynamics of a platoon of battle virgins tearing itself apart from rage and fear. Ry Cooder's eerie and haunting score and the primal, claustrophobic landscape only intensifies the paranoia as the city boys splinter with infighting (sparked by a bullying Fred Ward), blunder through booby traps and ambushes, and finally turn just as savage as their pursuers in their drive to survive. --Sean Axmaker
Glad to see it out on DVD - was hard to find even on VHS - a lot of people want to compare this movie to Deliverance- I actually enjoy the ending the most with the music and climax... Read morePublished 23 days ago by R. Dye
Superfast delivery and much appreciated as it's kind of rare now days.Published 24 days ago by allan clark
AN OBSCURE BUT ENTERTAINING FILM MADE IN A TIME WHEN THE NATIONAL GUARD NATIONWIDE WAS A LAUGHING STOCK OF MISFITS AND BUFFOONS. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Capt. Mitch
Over 40 years ago when I saw this film I marked it down as the second film ("Go Tell the Spartans" first) to satirize the Vietnam conflict, the best to depict the morass so... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gene Cisco
Classic military exercise gone wrong.
Fans of the classic "Deliverance" will enjoy this film. Read more