Palmetto (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  20 February 1998 (USA)
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A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.


(as Volker Schlondorff)


(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Donnelly / Rhea Malroux
Rolf Hoppe ...
Felix Malroux
Odette (as Chloe Sevigny)
John Renick
Miles Meadows
Joe Hickey ...
Ralph Wilcox ...
Peter Paul DeLeo ...
Bartender (as Peter Paul Deleo)
Hal Jones ...
Salvador Levy ...
Richard Booker ...
Billy Holden
Alda renick (as Mikki McKeever)


After being released from prison on a bum charge, Harry Barber is out for some payback to regain the two years he has lost. He is hired by Mrs. Malroux to fake the kidnapping of her stepdaughter (the daughter of a dying millionaire). He discovers that he is being set up on multiple levels and will soon face a longer prison sentence if he does not prove the truth to the police. Written by Jason Ihle <>

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In a town this bad, it's hard to be good...

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just Another Sucker  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,876,753 (USA) (20 February 1998)


$5,840,581 (USA) (15 May 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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(at around 1h 01 mins) The dead Odette's impersonator lying on bed is obviously breathing. See more »


[first lines]
[palmetto bug chirping over typical prison sounds]
Harry Barber: They're not as bad as you might think. In fact, sometimes they're pretty good company.
Harry Barber: And you can get used to just about anything in prison, even a palmetto bug.
Harry Barber: I tried writing again. Nothing came out that didn't sound bitter and cynical. And there's nothing worse than a writer who doesn't have anything to say.
Harry Barber: Well... that's me, Harry Barber.
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Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »


Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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Surprises at every turn.
16 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although the characters lack credibility (it seems like every single woman in the history, all of them gorgeous, is dying to get into the underwear of the main male character as a matter of urgency).

Nevertheless the plot is unusual and nothing is what it looks. All seems like a normal thriller in which the roles of everybody are the typical ones but the surprises that unfold in the last minutes make it a watchable twist around a theme many times explored before.

The superb luscious ladies and the unusual plot make it a good watch,

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