Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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


(as Volker Schlondorff)


(novel), (screenplay)



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Surface (1998)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Portrait of a young woman.

Director: Piers Thompson
Stars: Chloë Sevigny
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is... See full summary »

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney
Cousin Bette (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cousin Bette is a poor and lonely seamstress, who, after the death of her prominent and wealthy sister, tries to ingratiate herself into lives of her brother-in-law, Baron Hulot, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Des McAnuff
Stars: Jessica Lange, Elisabeth Shue, Bob Hoskins
Molly (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bachelor becomes the unwilling guardian of his autistic, intellectually disabled sister; then an experimental treatment works a dramatic change in her brain and his attitude.

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Aaron Eckhart, Jill Hennessy
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Berenger, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An eccentric drifter claiming to be Elvis Presley hitches a ride with a young man and they find themselves on an adventurous road trip to Memphis.

Director: David Winkler
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Johnathon Schaech, Bridget Fonda
Radio Inside (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A year after their pious dad's death, just graduated bright, erudite but distracted Matt Anderson, an angelic dreamer who talks with dad's ghost and phones with his confident God, moves in ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Bell
Stars: William McNamara, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan Walsh
Ruby Cairo (1992)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After her businessman husband dies suspiciously in a Mexican plane crash, his widow begins to investigate his labyrinthine financial dealings, not all of which are legal.

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson, Viggo Mortensen
Rated X (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Biopic of notorious Mitchell Brothers who opened up a successful San Francisco strip club and thriving porn business that lead to a downward spiral of power and greed.

Director: Emilio Estevez
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Rafer Weigel
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

San Francisco police officer Frank Connor is in a frantic search for a compatible bone marrow donor for his gravely ill son. There's only one catch: the potential donor is convicted ... See full summary »

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Thriller about Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant), a British doctor working at a hospital in New York who starts making unwanted enquiries when the body of a man who died in his emergency room ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker
Even Money I (2006)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Gambling addiction bring the stories of three otherwise unconnected people together as it destroys each of their lives.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, Nick Cannon


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
Mikki Scanlon ...
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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just Another Sucker  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


[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.
See more »


Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »


Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Passable thriller
21 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Released from prison after being cleared of charges, Harry Barber tries to get his life back when he is approached by the beautiful Rhea Malroux with a proposition to make money. It's simple - Rhea's stepdaughter will pretend to be kidnapped, Harry will write the notes and Rhea will get $500,000 ransom money from her rich elderly husband without the police ever getting involved. Needless to say, things don't go totally to plan and, after Harry collects the money, things go badly wrong and he finds himself desperately trying to get out of the web he is caught up in.

An ex-con gets approached by a gorgeous woman and is seduced into committing a simple crime - typical noir territory, cue a twisty thriller where things that are presented as facts turn out to be lies etc. The plot is quite good even if I was waiting for the twists rather than having them come out of leftfield at me. The lack of real surprises was a problem for me as it did turn the story into rather a workmanlike affair at times. The characters aren't great either. Aside from Harry all the others are basic cardboard cut outs of characters rather than being well scripted people.

Harrelson does a good Harry, he has a sort of haggard yet oafish character here who is always one step behind and Woody can do that quite well. Shue is OK as the supposed femme fatale but I couldn't help feel that Gershon would have done a much better job, although at times Shue does look very sexy. Sevigny and Rapaport are both good young actors but neither is really given anything to do here - especially Rapaport who has bad dialogue throughout.

Overall though this is watchable and isn't bad - just routine. It has weaknesses but it does well to ape the atmosphere and prerequisites of the genre well, although it is pretty run of the mill as far as the genre goes. Still worth seeing but if you've seen more than three examples of the genre then you'll know pretty much what to expect.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Actress playing real Odette? scfc
Body Heat? hushsara
Discuss Palmetto (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: