Southern Comfort (1981)


“Four of them with automatic weapons against some swamp rat. I make it even money.” – Hardin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A group of Weekend Warriors on maneuvers in Louisiana get in trouble with the local population and must find a way to survive getting through the swamps as they are hunted one by one.

My Take on it – Really horrendous film that feels the entire time like it’s a carbon copy of Deliverance (1972).

This is a movie with a very talented cast who are completely wasted here.

Powers Boothe, Keith Carradine, Peter Coyote, Franklin Sayles and  Fred Ward are all much better actors than they appear to be from this film.

It’s quite a shame since they are all quite talented and have been able to show their worthiness as actors in other more impactful roles that they have been given over the course of their careers.

The characters (both antagonists and protagonists) are presented as stereotypes and the story fails to really go anywhere interesting along the way.

The story itself is quite silly and doesn’t make much sense at all.

The story is paced really slowly and this movie’s plot is filed with so many plot holes that it hurts things even more as it progresses without dealing with any of these holes.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that seems too much like a doppelganger of Deliverance (1972). This film has a very talented cast who are wasted in this film. Boothe, Carradine, Coyote, Sayles and Ward all deserve roles that are much more interesting than the ones that they are given here which come across as being too superficial the whole way through. Each of them has had others impactful roles in their careers that have proven their worth as actors, but not in this film. The story itself makes very little sense.  The characters (both protagonists and antagonists) all feel like stereotypes and nothing really interesting happens here.  The pacing is quite slow and the various plot holes hurts things even more.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The use of the phrase ‘Southern Comfort’ as the title of the film, which was meant ironically, had to be cleared by the Brown-Forman Corporation, who own the rights to the phrase (they make the liqueur of the same name). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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