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Emmett Foley (Character)
from Chattahoochee (1989)

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Chattahoochee -- Southern Florida, 1955. The quiet peace of a small town is shattered by the sudden outburst of gunfire. The man responsible is Emmett Foley (Gary Oldman), a decorated war hero and a simple, honest man. Unable to adjust to civilian life, Emmett realizes he is worth more money dead than alive, and goads the police to kill him, allowing a large insurance settlement for his wife (Frances McDormand). But when the police capture him alive, Emmett is declared insane and is thrown into the brutal confines of Chattahoochee, the state mental institution. His world is now a living hell, filled with sadistic practices, unsanitary conditions, and an uncaring head doctor (Ned Beatty). But through his friendship with a fellow patient (Dennis Hopper), Emmett's sense of honor and self-esteem re-emerge.

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  1. Chattahoochee (1989) Played by Gary Oldman

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From Chattahoochee (1989)
Dr. Debner: Why did you do it, Mr. Foley? Why did you want to be dead?
Emmett Foley: [from the off] What could I say? I couldn't bring myself to tell him the real reason. Couldn't even tell you, my own sister.
Emmett Foley: [almost asking] The neighbors.
[smiles a bit]
Emmett Foley: They're real pushy. Always asking Mae to take them everyplace. All the time. Which is all right. They began to do it regular. I mean, almost every day. Two or three times, "Take me here, take me there." Got to where she had no time at all, like being some kind of taxi. Finally, I put my foot down. I told her, if she wanted to do it... she'd have to charge them gas. It got to be over a tank a week. So, she did.
Dr. Debner: And?
Emmett Foley: And they stopped talking to her.
Dr. Debner: Stopped asking for rides?
Emmett Foley: Then their kids... put tacks in the driveway, you know. Ruined a whole set of tires.
Emmett Foley: [Beat - looks at the doctor, who looks like Is-that-all? That's not enough, so he adds pointing with his hand] And let the dog out.
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