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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort is a taut and truly masterful thriller.
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...
Published on 10 Jun. 2000

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1.0 out of 5 stars oh no not another crap blu-ray
i had hopes that this blu-ray of southern comfort might be an improvement on the dvd but sadly not,another small time company cashing in the same thing happened with peckinpahs strawdogs thats even worse than this blu-ray but at least you can get a descent version from the states of straw dogs as another reviewer said if these companys want you to buy their blu-rays why...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Comfort is a taut and truly masterful thriller., 10 Jun. 2000
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This review is from: Southern Comfort [VHS] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "survival" thriller films around, 9 July 2014
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This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (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. Look out for Brion James (Bladerunner) as one of the native trappers. Walter Hill provides solid direction, a good script and screen play back up what is a strong story and one which does immerse the viewer. The soundtrack is also fitting and provides the backdrop to the Southern region.

The film works on many levels it slots together nicely in a way few survival films do. The ending is good, and has some interesting camera work..and we see a good show down between the few men who remain v the Cajuns, tense stuff and it grips your attention from the start to the finish.

If you're wondering which is better this or Deliverance... don't, they're both fine films and examples of the genre that stand out. To have one without the other would be a tragedy as both have something to offer viewers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Godamn you Spencer, I'm trying to do my best!", 4 July 2006
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T. A. Vidamour (Washington, Tyne & Wear) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!!!, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliverance 2, 8 Sept. 2000
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This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (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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5.0 out of 5 stars SOUTHERN COMFORT: Walter Hill's finest..., 25 Sept. 2010
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sam lowry (gtr manchester uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (DVD)
Southern Comfort [DVD] [1981]

Southern Comfort is without doubt the greatest picture Walter Hill made, in his busiest period(Alien-producer, The The Driver, The Warriors, 48HRS, Red Heat, Crossroads, Brewsters millions,Extreme Prejudice, Another 48hrs.
This though is his finest movie---many at the time it was just "another" rip-off of John Boorman's deeply disturbed Deliverance.
Southern Comfort though is a movie that stand on its own merits and own excellent cast--of those about to become famous very soon in other movies--Brion "blade runner" james, peter"ET"coyote, fred "the right stuff"ward, Keith Carradine(who seems to be famous for just been around forever..), Powers"Nixon"Boothe, Tk"the thing, the corner"carter.

The weekend "Warriors", are a bunch of social misfits,given weapons and National Guardsman training , out on a weekend exercise--whom alienate the local cajuns, stealing the cajuns boats and firing blanks at the locals.
After getting lost in the Bayou, their discomfort is added to by being outflanked, out-gunned,
No written discription can do justice to Hill's building of the dynamics within the group--often based on racial lines, petty distrust and self advancement.
Souther comfort is littered with some very funny one liners.
As with all the best Hill movies--The Driver, 48hrs, The warriors, Extreme Prejudice, Atmosphere is everything, and Hill has you rooting for the National Guardsman plight, even if the characters are sometimes obnoxious, the killings are fast and sometimes very gory, their demise is often led to by decisions made by their senior officers(a definite vietnam statement).
Again Hill lets the story and characters survival lead the audience.
Buy it--a true classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cajun classic, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (DVD)
Walter Hill is a very good director, but the one thing he seems to be a little obsessed with is lost boys having to get home through dodgy territory with dangerous people after them. Its very like The Warriors in this way, I do not think it is anything like Deliverence. Powers Booth is great as a moody outsider thrust into a mix of Louisianna National Guard hardboys, on a training mission that takes them into the Bayou swamps. Things start to go a bit pearshaped at first and then get really bad. They get lost, wet and very afraid.
One of the films best things is its musical content. Ry Cooders guitar interludes are brilliant and set a good tone. The main actors, Booth, Carradine and Ward are good and solid, a great performance from Brion James as a one armed Cajun trapper, and a gritty un-glamourous glimps of Cajun life add to the value of the film. An added bonus are the Cajun songs, which seem to be produced by a genuine non acting Cajun band and is enjoyed by non acting Cajun people. Hill is known for his using of unknowns, and that works very well too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'my friends, they not nice like me!', 19 Oct. 2010
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Superbly tough and atmospheric Vietnam allegory from Walter Hill.

Hill's films often have a theme in common - running the gauntlet, and 'Southern Comfort', like 'The Warriors'Warriors - Ultimate Director's Cut Edition (1979) [DVD], falls into this category.

A group of US National Guardsmen on exercises in the Louisiana bayou 'borrow' some boats from the local Cajuns. Unfortunately, the owners of the canoes return mid way through the pilfering. To top things off, an intellectually subnormal Private first class Stuckey (Lewis Smith) fires blanks at the already miffed backwoodsmen from a machinegun. Suffice it to say that things go rapidly downhill from there, as the disdgruntled (hairy, massive, and well armed) locals swap hunting mink for hunting weekend warriors.

The interplay of characters is well developed, with Powers Booth excelling as the outsider who's tougher than he looks, and Keith Carradine as a joker turned survivor. Thrown together in a nightmare scenario, bickering turns to deadly score settling as the ill prepared soldiers turn on each other. For many viewers, this film will be all about atmosphere - the claustraphobia of the almost featureless bayou, the dream-like slogging through knee deep water, never knowing when things will get grizzly. This atmosphere is of course enhanced by Ry Cooder's memorable score.

The film builds to an almost hypnotic climax at a lively party deep in (seemingly friendly) Cajun country - but should our surviving heroes let their hair down and 'allez, danse!' as their hosts suggest, or should they keep a firm hold on whatever weapons they can lay their hands on? A favourite film from my childhood that's as fresh as ever today.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliverance with Guns, 5 July 2008
This review is from: Southern Comfort [DVD] (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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'INTENSE STUFF' (CLASSIC-MOVIE), 6 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Southern Comfort (Limited Edition packaging) [Bluray] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A 'no nonsense' 'no frills' 'no holds barred' gritty and intense journey.
A nine-man military unit code name 'Bravo' set out on an exercise in the swamp lands of 'Louisiana'
Things soon take a sinister turn after taking liberties with the 'local trappers' equipment.
Fighting among themselves isn't gonna help, the troop with much equipment lost and only one box of real ammo between them are in a struggle to survive.
Finding their way out of the swamp whilst being hunted down is almost impossible.............their only hope ........search and rescue, the soldiers are way over due.
Upsetting the trappers was not a good move.
Well worth a viewing.
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