Southern Comfort

  • 1981
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, War

Arguably writer-director Walter Hill's best film to date, SOUTHERN COMFORT works both as a pure action film and as an extremely effective allegory of America's involvement in Vietnam. Vaguely reminiscent of John Boorman's DELIVERANCE, the film follows a group of National Guardsmen on maneuvers in the swamps of Louisiana. These weekend warriors, ill-equipped...read more

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Arguably writer-director Walter Hill's best film to date, SOUTHERN COMFORT works both as a pure action film and as an extremely effective allegory of America's involvement in Vietnam. Vaguely reminiscent of John Boorman's DELIVERANCE, the film follows a group of National Guardsmen on

maneuvers in the swamps of Louisiana. These weekend warriors, ill-equipped for their task, are given to horseplay and bickering. While out in the country, they "borrow" some canoes from local Cajuns, and soon find themselves pursued by the angry backwoodsmen. When one Guardsman (Lewis Smith) makes

the mistake of shooting at the Cajuns, albeit with blanks, the enraged locals return the fire with real bullets, killing the detachment's commander (Peter Coyote), the only real soldier in the bunch. A deadly battle ensues as the Guardsmen attempt to escape from the swamp before more blood is

shed. Unfamiliar with the terrain and extremely disorganized, the soldiers are no match for their pursuers. Tautly directed by Hill, superbly shot by Andrew Lazlo, and boasting an excellent score by Ry Cooder that incorporates authentic Cajun music, SOUTHERN COMFORT is a gripping, atmospheric, and

disturbing film. Without straining to make his points, Hill evokes the American struggle in Southeast Asia by pitting a group of directionless recruits in unfamiliar terrain against enigmatic guerrillas. The director also considers the tensions that result when a diverse group of men is thrown

together an extreme situation.

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  • Released: 1981
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Arguably writer-director Walter Hill's best film to date, SOUTHERN COMFORT works both as a pure action film and as an extremely effective allegory of America's involvement in Vietnam. Vaguely reminiscent of John Boorman's DELIVERANCE, the film follows a gr… (more)

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