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Chattahoochee (1989)

In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.

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An American war hero attempts suicide and ends up in Chattahoochee State Mental Hospital. But he realizes that the doctors in the hospital are humiliating patients, and staff are murdering them. Written by Harun Mehmedinovic <Pkojovic@concentric.net>

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At the edge of insanity lies hope. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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20 April 1990 (USA)  »

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A téboly börtöne  »

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$259,486
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One of three films that stars both Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman. The others are: True Romance (1993) and Basquiat (1996). See more »

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[first lines]
Emmett Foley: When you come back a certified hero, it kinda raises people's expectations. Makes 'em think you're a big guy.
Mae Foley: It started off like any other Sunday as far as I could see. I can't even remember what I did that morning. You always think, I guess, that, well, if you seen it coming, you coulda done something. But I don't know what it woulda been. He seemed normal enough the last time I seen him. A little tight around the eyes, but nothing worth mentioning. Kinda like maybe he looked ...
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The producers would like to thank the people of Columbia and Newberry, South Carolina for their generosity and support during the making of this film. See more »

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Very Good But Had More Potential
24 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

This might have been a masterwork. Acting, editing, photography and many other aspects of this film are excellent. Mike Jackson the director of many films surpassed even that work here, but the script is more than a bit heavy handed and clichéd. The writer James Hicks is also an actor—maybe that is one reason the script works well in details. It is less successful in scope and range.

Still Frances McDormand reveals her immense potential. Gary Oldman is a genius in all of his film work. Ned Betty and Dennis Hopper do their masterwork. The opening brought back memories for me of Southern summer mornings. Attention to historical detail is terrific.

I wish the entire film were as good as the opening sequence is. After that brilliant beginning, the rest of the film seems like too many other films about exploitation. I agree with the reviewer that the director ought to have brought us more into the interior life of the protagonist. Oldman has even more potential than Mr. Jackson used.


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