A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes.
Without live ammunition and in a strange country their hellish ordeal begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.
As the group are hunted across unfamiliar territory by an unknown enemy, the terror rises and the tension reaches fever pitch. One by one men begin to vanish, leaving the survivors to wonder if they will ever escape this nightmare.
Made soon after The Warriors, Southern Comfort sees director Walter Hill at the height of his powers, accompanied by a haunting Ry Cooder score.