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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
AN OBSCURE BUT ENTERTAINING FILM MADE IN A TIME WHEN THE NATIONAL GUARD NATIONWIDE WAS A LAUGHING STOCK OF MISFITS AND BUFFOONS. Read morePublished 16 days 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 1 month ago by Gene Cisco
Classic military exercise gone wrong.
Fans of the classic "Deliverance" will enjoy this film. Read more
Been a while since I saw this, but well acted and accurately portrays (in many ways, not all) this part of the countryPublished 1 month ago by rdkmco
Excellent movie, saw it years ago and it's loaded with action.
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Southern Comfort is a little-known 80's action/chase film directed by Walter Hill, of "The Warriors" and "48 Hours" acclaim. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex RR