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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 is one of my top 10 favorite movies. This was made back when movies were made for the sake of telling a good story rather than appealing to everyone to ensure the greatest... Read morePublished 15 days ago by James Hammett
Best movie about the National Guard in the 60' 70'. I watch it often you should have a copyPublished 1 month ago by Jimbob
Great film. Just as exciting as the first time. Ry Cooder's score is perfect as always. This no is one classic, bad ass movie.Published 1 month ago by daniel a. givens
Killer movie!! Saw it at the movies when it came out! Don't miss out!Published 1 month ago by Leon W.
DVD did not play in normal DVD player. Did not return since it was opened already and I lost the receipt and return info.Published 2 months ago by Keri A. Sadler
Everybody agrees that this is a stellar movie, and most people agree that it is underrated. But what many fail to realize is that this movie, coming out in 1981 on the heels of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rich Stevens