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Southern Comfort (1981) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Tyrone Cribbs sees the dead deer, he makes the statement "..damn, somebody shot Rudolph". When we hear this the words don't match the movement of Cribbs's lips. He's seen saying something entirely different.
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Continuity 

While at the "town", the Cajun Hunter, played by Sonny Landham, shoots Hardin (Powers Boothe) in the left shoulder. Spenser comes in the room and fires his M-16, drawing attention away from the Hunter trying to finish the job on Hardin. The Hunter then turns and raises his rifle to shoot Spenser, then Hardin stabs the Hunter in the groin with a knife he took from a table. After the hunter falls to the floor in pain, the camera cuts to Hardin, who is seen with the bullet wound and blood on his right shoulder. The shot was obviously reversed for some reason.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At approximately 1:27 into the movie when Spencer and Hardin find Bowden hanging from the railroad bridge, you can clearly see the ratchet winch and cable used to support Bowden's body harness. This can be seen to the left of Spencer and Hardin when they are looking up at the trapper pointing his gun down at them.
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Factual errors 

Within one sentence, Sgt. Casper describes his unit as both a "squad" and "Team Bravo" (meaning a fire team). It could be either a small squad or a large fire team, but not both. A platoon generally consists of three or four squads, and a squad generally consists of two fire teams. A fire team consists of roughly four to six individuals, and is the smallest infantry unit in the Army.
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The movie was filmed in Texas at Caddo Lake around Uncertain, TX, not in Louisiana. Caddo Lake spans the Texas and Louisiana border but the cypress swamp part of Caddo Lake is on the Texas side of the lake.
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Revealing mistakes 

The M-60 machine gun and the M-16 rifles are repeatedly shown firing blanks on automatic and semi-automatic fire settings, respectively, but without the required blank adapters covering the muzzles. Blank adapters cause a back-up of gas pressure within the barrel, a function normally performed by fired bullets, which allows the weapons to cycle and reload automatically. Blank adapters are clearly visible attachments; without them, the weapons would have to be cycled (i.e. reloaded) manually after each individual blank is fired. These are obviously Hollywood weapons which have had their barrels partially plugged sufficiently to perform the function of blank adapters, while making them appear more like weapons that most viewers are familiar with.
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During the dog attack, the protective pads on the men's arms are clearly visible.
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