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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
This recent Blu-Ray remastering from Shout! Factory is a big improvement on the original MGM DVD release. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mark C. Jones
Saw this many years ago and really enjoyed it. When I saw it on amazon for sale on DVD I just had to buy it!Published 28 days ago by Charlene Klauck
PQ looked great to me. No complaints.
If you have never seen it; buy it.
Walter Hill (The Warriors, The Driver) is such an underrated filmmaker. He quietly put together a great cast of mostly unknowns at the time, which included Keith Carradine, Fred... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julian Pope