Southern Comfort Movie Review Summary

Actors: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote, Brion James, Sonny Landham

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Southern Comfort (1981), directed by Walter Hill

The story is set in 1973 Louisiana. A Louisiana National Guards squad is sent on a weekend exercise into the Bayou swamps. The eight men represent a variety of personalities the most interesting of which are Spencer, the intellectual cynic, and Hardin, the Texan survivalist and hater of redneck mentality. But it is the redneck macho mentality of some of their comrades, and their failure to respect the sensitivities of the local Cajun population, that ultimately gets the entire squad into deep trouble as they proceed through the wilderness of the swamps.
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When reaching a river bed with no bridge or crossing in sight, the soldiers decide to 'borrow' some canues left at the river bed by Cajun trappers. Midway across the water, one of the soldiers pointlessly provocates the approaching Cajuns by shooting at them with blanks. This and subsequent mistakes made by the increasingly headless soldiers ultimately provoke a bloody and merciless response from the locals who decide to follow the intruders through the swamps and hunt them down.

The review of this Movie prepared by Dorothea Lotter

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Wilderness adventure    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   hunted by enemies Terrain    -   water

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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