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Southern Comfort

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Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine star in Walter Hill's gruff urbanoia flick

A perfect partner to Deliverance, Walter Hill’s gruff urbanoia flick follows a troupe of National Guardsmen (including Powers Boothe and Keith Carradine) as they swap “beating up on college kids and tear-gassing niggers” for military exercises in the moody Louisiana bayous.

Soon, they’re under attack from the indigenous Cajuns and hopelessly out of their depth.

Benefiting from tough-as-nuts performances and Ry Cooder’s evocative score, the film offers inescapable echoes of Vietnam, a charge Hill still dodges during the lively, if stingy Making Of. Apparently, he told the cast: “If I catch anybody playing a metaphor, they’re fired!”

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