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Palmetto (1998)

A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.

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(as Volker Schlondorff)

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(novel), (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nina
Rolf Hoppe ...
Felix Malroux
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Donnely
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Odette (as Chloe Sevigny)
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John Renick
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Miles Meadows
Joe Hickey ...
Lawyer
Ralph Wilcox ...
Judge
Peter Paul DeLeo ...
Bartender (as Peter Paul Deleo)
Hal Jones ...
Ed
Salvador Levy ...
Driver
Richard Booker ...
Billy Holden
Mikki Scanlon ...
Alda renick (as Mikki McKeever)
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Storyline

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 <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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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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20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just Another Sucker  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,876,753, 22 February 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,840,581, 17 May 1998
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2.35 : 1
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During the scene where Donnelly is putting Harry in the trunk of the car outside Malroux's house, a hose nozzle providing "rain" can be seen in the upper right corner of the widescreen version. A clip from the same scene with the same mistake is in the trailer included on the DVD. See more »

Quotes

[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.
[pause]
Harry Barber: And you can get used to just about anything in prison, even a palmetto bug.
[pause]
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.
[pause]
Harry Barber: Well... that's me, Harry Barber.
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Bedbugs
Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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A Very Underrated 'Neo Noir'
18 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I think this is one of those modern-day film noirs (neo noir) that went under the radar. It is excellent, and few people know about it. It's a very underrated film.

It had an interesting and unpredictable story with some very neat twists which a good noir might have. I'm not really sure I liked the very ending, but I sure enjoyed the rest of it. That entertainment included ogling a couple of sexy female leads, played by Elisabeth Shue and Chloe Sevigny and I loved the wonderful colors in this movie. Not only was the cinematography great, so was the soundtrack with some solid blues tracks. The guitar playing reminded me of the Ry Cooder's work in "Midnight Run."

The movie was labeled by some national critics as a "poor man's 'Body Heat.'" Well, that's fine with me because I liked "Body Heat" a lot, too. If you liked that, you should like this movie, too.

Yes, there are a few holes in the story but nothing that damaged the storyline to any degree. Woody Harrelson was good in the lead and Gina Gershon and Michael Rapaport provided solid performance in supporting roles.


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