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Southern Comfort [DVD]


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  • Actors: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote, Brion James
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Producers: David Giler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CDINP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,762 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walter Hill's action thriller has been interpreted as an allegory for the Vietnam war. While on an exercise in Louisiana, a group of National Guard members steal some canoes from the local Cajuns. Pursued by the angry locals, one of the men decides to fire at them, albeit with blanks. The Cajuns respond with real bullets, killing the team's commander, Poole (Peter Coyote). The men, none of whom are real soldiers, are now forced to fight for their lives.

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Southern Comfort is more than merely Deliverance in the Louisiana Bayou. Walter Hill's taut little tale of weekend warrior National Guardsman on swamp exercises reverberates with echoes of Vietnam. Powers Booth brings a hard pragmatism to the "new guy" in the unit, a Texas transplant less than thrilled with his new unit. "They're just Louisiana versions of the same rednecks I served with in El Paso", he tells level-headed Keith Carradine.

The barely functional unit of city boys and macho rednecks invade 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 guerrilla war. The swamp rats kill their commanding officer (Peter Coyote) and terrorise 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Walter Hill is probably one of America's finest,but most under-rated Action director. Southern Comfort,alongside The Warriors, 48hrs,and Streets Of Fire, is one of his best pieces. Tightly edited and broodingly atmospheric, it's greatest strength is it's all male ensemble cast headed by Keith Carradine, Powers Booth and Fred Ward. The script is economical, self deprecating and acerbic. Ry Cooder's rural score is haunting. The scattered outburst's of violence are quite poetic. Southern Comfort is a reminder of how potent American films once were.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 9 July 2014
Format: DVD
Walter Hill's Southern Comfort is a potent example of how to make a good survival thriller.
Many reviewers compare the film to the well loved classic Deliverance, which also a firm favourite of mine. However whilst the two films share a common theme, they are quite unique in their own ways.

The story shows a routine exercise with the Louisiana National Guard, in a dense forest area. Powers Boothe plays Cpl. Hardin, newly transferred in from the Texas National Guard. Keith Carradine is Private Spencer, a chilled out and smooth talking part time soldier who takes things less seriously than most of his fellow soldiers. Heading up the section is Peter Coyote as Staff Sgt. Poole, who has a fairly minor role in the film, but still his appearance is welcome.

Things take a turn for the worse when the men decide to "borrow" some boats that the native Cajuns (French speaking ethnic group) own. After this we see the two sides pitted against each other, leaving the Guardsmen in a desperate fight for survival. What makes matters worse is that due to the non combat exercise the soldiers have mostly blanks and little live ammunition, this leaves them vulnerable to the Cajun attackers who know the terrain well, and are better equipped. It's clear from the start that most of the section have little to no combat experience.

We have a good mix of characters in the squad from the serious but lacking combat knowledge Sgt. Casper (Les Lannom), and Fred Ward (as Reece) who goes off the rails in a silent and dangerous way. Don't dismiss the cast members as cliché, they all fit a role well and portray a mix of individuals and how they might deal with a nightmare scenario they face.

Carradine and Boothe command most screen time and do a good job of it too.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Vidamour on 4 July 2006
Format: DVD
This is a film about incompetence more than anything else, and it's not too different to Walter Hill's earlier film: 'The Warriors'. Nine men being hunted relentlessly through a hostile environment, and being picked off one-by-one. The action barely lets up from the first fifteen minutes. There's almost as many arguments as there are in 'Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf' as the bickering characters battle their way to survival. Often compared to John Boorman's 'Deliverance', this is film-making at it's brilliance to equal the latter. Casper is my favourite character because he behaves like a spoilt child and reminds me of so many incompetent team leaders I've known in the past. Ry Cooder's score set's the atmosphere throughout. The knife in the groin still makes my eyes water even after about thirty views. One last comment: If these are America's finest reserve - God help them!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Davis on 3 Feb. 2013
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5 stars all the way for me.sound and picture quality are outstanding.
This film is a classic i recommend it to everyone,you will not be disappointed
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2000
Format: DVD
Always in danger of the accusation of being 'Deliverance-lite', Walter Hill's mean and moody look at the downside of macho heroics is nevertheless a brilliantly made and exciting action thriller, not afraid to have some ideas in its head. Some National Guardsmen are on routine manoeuvres in the Louisiana Bayou, and after some accidental shots are fired at Cajun locals, find themselves fighting for their lives in the swamps.
Were it not for its similarity to Boorman's film, this would seem a masterpiece, as tough character actors like Fred Ward, Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine squabble their way through various chases and standoffs deliberately modelled on Vietnam. In the end, because 'Deliverance' went into full-on nightmare, it sticks more in the mind. But few of Walter Hill's movies are dull, and this is tense and nasty, with superbly atmospheric camerawork and a typically vivid score from Hill's frequent musical collaborator Ry Cooder.
Not many features on this DVD, but it deserves a place in your collection, either as a less painful version of 'Deliverance's harsh message, or a brutally effective suspenser in its own right.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 5 July 2008
Format: DVD
Although it's not as good as Deliverance, Walter Hill's Southern Comfort gives us more action and more suspense by taking us right into the heart of the Louisiana village where folk are hostile to interlopers. Army reservists on a training excercise suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives when their rifle fire alerts the locals.

The humid atmosphere of red-neck swampland inhabited by murderous redneck lunatics adds to the film's gripping intensity, and you keep watching to see if any of the soldiers make it out of there alive. There are many characters in this movie and quite a few get bumped off by the rednecks through a deadly game of cat and mouse.
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