Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort (1981)

A handful of part time soldiers unwittingly turn a field exercise into a miniature war in this offbeat action drama from writer and director Walter Hill. A group of National Guard reservists are sent to Louisiana on a chilly weekend for war… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The notion of Vietnam as quagmire is literalized in this stunning 1981 action-suspense film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fails to deliver all that's promised.

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Brian Mckay

Goes down relatively smooth. Pour yourself a glass or three of its namesake, and enjoy!

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Beyond its genre roots and its deeper meanings, Southern Comfort is a well-honed study of characters and setting.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

An atmospheric, tough-as-nails survival tale, and arguably Walter Hill's best movie overall. Well cast with a great Ry Cooder score. Packs a definite wallop.

Fernando F. Croce

Walter Hill gives machismo, and he takes it away

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Scott Weinberg

Perfectly entertaining gung-ho war flick. Walter Hill knows his action.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Sigur
This movie is fucking entertaining as all get out. Just look at the line up in this movie: Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Carradine, these guys are all great in this… More
xGary Xx
Atmospheric variation on the Deliverance theme involving a collection of arrogant gun-toting rednecks in uniform biting off more than they can chew in the… More
David Ladd
A excellent paranoia thriller that takes place in a swamp in the Louisana where eight National Guard members who are on a routine reconnaissance excerise,… More
Cameron Johnson
"Deliverance Goes to War"... or whatever it is you do in the Army National Guard does. Man, I reckon it's safe to say that it doesn't matter… More
Stephen M
On exercises in the swamps of Louisiana, some National Guardsmen provoke an indigenous Cajun trapper community and find themselves systematically hunted for… More
If not Walter's best, then certainly one of, and curiously not that well known/appreciated. Southern Comfort works on many levels; as a parable of American… More