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Southern Comfort (1981)
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by Brian McKay

"Good example of an oft-repeated lesson: DON'T FUCK WITH THE LOCALS!"
4 stars

SOUTHERN COMFORT tells the tale of a squad of weekend warriors (Louisiana National Guardsmen) who head into the Bayou on a routine training mission and suddenly find themselves in the middle of Cajun Hillbilly Hell

While the story and pacing are tight, the film's main appeal is in its primary cast. Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Robert Carradine, Peter Coyote, and others make up a veritable who's who list of strutting manly-man characters who get their asses handed to them when they mess with the wrong bunch of rednecks.

The main players in the nine-man squad are Spencer (Kieth Carradine), who just wants to get back to town so that he can sample the local prostitutes, and Hardin (Powers Boothe), the guy who's annoyed by the fact that the guys in the Louisiana guard are even a bigger bunch of rednecks than the guys in the Texas guard were. (Here's a tip, man - resign! It's not the fucking draft, you can quit anytime you like). There's also Cribbs (T.K. Carter), the token pot-smoking brother who's there for comic relief, and who you know will meet an early demise. Reece (Fred Ward) is the one redneck smart enough to bring live rounds with him - just in case he spots some big game, ya'll. Meanwhile, the de facto sergeant, Casper (Les Lannom) excels at getting them lost, and his idea of raising morale is to constantly quote the guardsman's manual to them.

While on a weekend training mission in the Louisiana Bayou, one of the guardsmen (the stereotypical stupid arrogant bigoted one of the bunch) decides to take a few pot-shots at the locals with his M-60. It's his idea of a joke, since all of their guns are loaded with blanks - but the natives don't know that. Next thing they know, they are being stalked through the swamp by a bunch of shotgun-toting swamp-dwellers, and their guns have real bullets in them! Not only that, but they've laid an elaborate series of traps for our boys along the way. Most of the supporting cast gets picked off, predictably, so it's up to our main heroes to find their way out, armed only with a handful of real bullets and their wits.

Drive-In Triple Feature Picks for Southern Comfort:

Deliverance - A.K.A. "Watch out for the Rednecks!" Burt Reynolds gives one of the best bow and arrow killshots ever. Ned Beatty will never live down "Squeal like a Piggy!"

The Emerald Forest - A.K.A. "Don't fuck with the Natives!" Also stars Powers Boothe and a bunch of naked hotties.

acceptable substitute:

Dog Soldiers - basically the same thing, British style, with tons of great one-liners and awesome B-movie action. Substitute the pissed-off Cajuns with werewolves.

A good cast, along with some taut action and suspense, makes SOUTHERN COMFORT go down relatively smooth. Pour yourself a glass or three of its namesake, and enjoy!

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell tense & exciting 4 stars
2/08/12 Per Larsson superbely shot by Andrew Laszlo,Hill at his best! 5 stars
11/06/08 L. Gary Underated action thriller with dark moments of brillance. Carradine delivers as usual. 4 stars
4/10/07 David Pollastrini great action 5 stars
2/06/07 AJ Muller Hill is the greatest living American director of action. A flat-out classic. 5 stars
2/01/07 action movie fan great thriller!! national guardsmen pursued by hostile cajuns! terrific finale in cajun vil 5 stars
10/27/06 Craig Stevenson An over-looked gem...very engaging! 4 stars
6/26/06 MP Bartley Strange, eerie and compelling. A neglected gem. 4 stars
2/19/06 greg laplante great movie.Kind of wish you was there in the fight. with the guardsmen of course. 5 stars
1/16/06 Sugarfoot One of Walter Hill's best movies. Why aren't Carradine,Boothe and Ward bigger stars? 5 stars
11/26/04 Fred Hudson It's the real South, living it is believing this movie is the real thing! 5 stars
11/23/04 alex fast paced-never slows down 5 stars
8/04/04 Christina Ammons Pretty good movie. Smooth editing. 4 stars
2/24/04 Lawrence Superb! 5 stars
11/28/03 john great thriller with superb direction 5 stars
8/11/03 Susan Hill Great cast. Soldiers behaving badly with the wrong people. Ending confusing 4 stars
4/20/03 Jack Sommersby Tense and scary. Goes awry at th end, though. 4 stars
2/27/03 Paul Coleman Strange film. Good direction by Walter Hill. 4 stars
1/13/03 Stevo a pretty atmospheric, exciting b-movie type 4 stars
9/12/02 Charles Tatum Kind of creepy until awful ending 3 stars
4/05/02 R.W. Welch Passable lost-in-the-swamp action pic, runs a bit long for the material. 3 stars
12/30/01 Sergeant Knucklehead My intent is too urinateon the original footage of this pice of dog shit movie 1 stars
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  25-Sep-1981 (R)
  DVD: 22-May-2001



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