Southern Comfort

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7.61 h 29 min200118+
Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life.
Directors
Kate Davis
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Robert EadsLola ColaMaxwell Scott Anderson
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5.0 out of 5 stars
Transformative and an incredible teaching tool
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I teach Psychology of Gender at a college in rural Appalachia, not far from the setting of this movie. Perhaps more than almost anything else we read, watch, do, or discuss in that class, this book transforms the students. Sometimes it is frustrating to me that people seem to need a personal sympathetic experience to stop viewing those who are different than themselves as the "other." Although media coverage of transgender people is improving since this movie came out--probably some credit due to this movie--encounters with transgender people are still outside the experience of most undergraduates where I live. I don't think many of them truly understand the devastating consequences of prejudice until they see this movie. I don't want to spoil the movie, but let's just say I think many students, whether they realize it or not, think discrimination is just the harmless acting out of personal preferences before this film and don't understand that true harm and true injustice is often the result. A beautiful, touching moving about true love.
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Darren F OrluckReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019
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Excellent DVD
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Excellent DVD about transgender people living in a small community. I love this film.
J.E.Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grab the tissues before you sit down
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I wish this movie was required viewing for anyone that was interested in a medical or health care career. The disparities that exist in obtaining quality medical care for the Transgender community is just disgusting. As a friend of the Trans community, this movie made me mad. I wasn't mad about anything the characters did, I was mad about what was done to them. The medical providers (I refuse to use the word "professionals", and I don't think Amazon would let me call them what I really want) who refused to provide service should be ashamed of themselves. Quite frankly, I don't think they should be practicing medicine at all. Stepping down of my soapbox, I do highly recommend this movie, as long as you have some tissue with you as well. Two of the main characters have since passed away, but their bravery and courage should be remembered forever. These Trans pioneers are how society changes for the better.
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Casey526Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2007
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Great movie!
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A great movie that puts into perspective that transgendered people have the same desires and needs as all of us. They're "normal" people, just a little different. It also gives viewers a glimpse of the discrimination transgendered people face, even in today's world. It was a sad movie, but uplifting to know that the main character "Robert" lived his life with honesty and the best that he could given the situation we was dealt in life. It's also touching to see the relationship Robert had with his girlfriend (a male to female transgender). Very good and eyeopening!
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Kenneth HowellReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014
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Review of a classic work "Southern Comfort"
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An original theme for a story that gives credible belief to a location, a Louisana swamp, where a bunch of national guard persons were called to do their mandatory 2 week call-up. A story beautifully told by a great list of classic actors, truly a must see film.
wayne morganReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
BOUGHT DOLLAR VHS USED TAPES IN THE PAST THAT HAD THAT WAS FAR BETTER QUALITY. VERY DISAPPOINTED
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ALTHOUGH IT IT CAME ON TIME. THE TAPE WAS HARDLY PLAYABLE. VERY WORN DOWN WITH PICTURE AND SOUND KEPT BLINKING ON AND OFF. BOUGHT DOLLAR VHS USED TAPES IN THE PAST THAT HAD THAT WAS FAR BETTER QUALITY. VERY DISAPPOINTED.
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twirlgrrlReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Humanity
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This was an incredibly beautiful, perfectly edited documentary. At first I thought it was a movie "based on a true story"--Robert Eads was so charming and crusty and southern, it was hard to believe he wasn't playing a part. The film does a great job of showing the humanity, concerns and pain of the subjects. All the folks who consented to be shown on camera should be given medals of courage. The film is lovely, melancholy, sad, uplifting, and honest. I highly recommend it--for ANYONE. Heck, I think my *mom* should see it!
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Gloria HawkinsReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2017
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Two Stars
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Wasn't that good of a movie...
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