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372 Ratings

Southern Comfort

Directed by Walter Hill
United States, Switzerland, 1981
Thriller, Drama, Adventure


A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.

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Southern Comfort Directed by Walter Hill
As the largely unseen locals begin picking off Americans one by one with increasing ferocity — sicking a pack of dogs on them, littering the swamp with bear traps, even orchestrating Indiana Jones-style wood-spike boobytraps — the action starts to feel more like a horror film than a war movie.
July 31, 2014
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Mr. Hill (who was also attacked for drafting the Cajuns into service as de facto Vietcong) was not making a critique of the war. Rather, he tried to dramatize how the war might have felt to those unprepared men who were sent into a quagmire and consumed by it.
July 03, 2014
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The violence arrives in quick, poetic bursts, but that poetry is morally contextualized by Hill’s command of pace and of flow, and by his heightening of the terrifying emptiness that precedes the carnage, particularly in the movement of the soldiers, whether they’re walking or floating down the river.
July 03, 2014
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