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Blu-ray Review - Southern Comfort (1981)

Southern Comfort, 1981.

Directed by Walter Hill.

Starring Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Peter Coyote, T. K. Carter, Franklyn Seales, Lewis Smith and Les Lannom.


A squad of National Guards fight for their lives after angering local Cajuns during an isolated weekend training exercise in the Louisiana swamp.

Action director Walter Hill may be best known for 1982’s genre classic 48 Hrs which put Eddie Murphy on the road to stardom, but he hasn’t released a film for a while and his name is most probably lost on today’s audiences. The reality is that Hill was one of the pioneers of the early 80’s action cinema with titles like The Driver, The Warriors, Extreme Prejudice, and above all 1981’s Southern Comfort as part of his excellent filmography.

Southern Comfort is a simple tale of the Louisiana national guard’s summer exercise which goes horribly wrong when they are
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Blu-ray Review: Southern Comfort

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Southern Comfort

Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales, T.K. Carter, Lewis Smith, Peter Coyote, Alan Autry, Brion James, Sonny Landham | Written by Michael Kane, Walter Hill, David Giler | Directed by Walter Hill

There is something about Walter Hill’s style of storytelling that just gets me. I’m a big fan of The Warriors, even though it took me long enough to finally see the film. Once I finally got to see it though it turned into one of my favourite films. Southern Comfort is a film very much like The Warriors, written and directed by Hill it very much mirrors the style with a group of men out of their element and fighting for survival, though the city and the bayou are two very different “jungles”.

When out on a training exercise in the Louisiana swamp a squad of National Guard soldiers arrogantly decide to steal
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Harold Becker: The Hollywood Interview

Director Harold Becker.

Digging up The Onion Field with Harold Becker

by Jon Zelazny

On January 27th, 2010, Gregory Ulus Powell went before a parole board at The Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, California. Powell has been serving a suspended death sentence for the 1963 kidnapping of Lapd officers Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, and the murder of Campbell.

The crime was the subject of L.A. cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh’s 1974 non-fiction bestseller, The Onion Field. Five years later the movie appeared, directed by Bronx native Harold Becker, who went on to popular hits like Taps (1981), Sea of Love (1989) and Malice (1993).

With Greg Powell back in the news, I met with Becker at his office in Beverly Hills.

Harold Becker: The Onion Field was my big break. I had made one feature film in England, The Ragman’s Daughter (1972). It was well received over there, but didn’t really cut through here.
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