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Palmetto (1998)

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

Director:

Volker Schlöndorff (as Volker Schlondorff)

Writers:

James Hadley Chase (novel), E. Max Frye (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Harry Barber
Elisabeth Shue ... Mrs. Donnelly / Rhea Malroux
Gina Gershon ... Nina
Rolf Hoppe ... Felix Malroux
Michael Rapaport ... Donnelly
Chloë Sevigny ... Odette (as Chloe Sevigny)
Tom Wright ... John Renick
Marc Macaulay ... Miles Meadows
Joe Hickey Joe Hickey ... Lawyer
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... Judge
Peter Paul DeLeo Peter Paul DeLeo ... Bartender (as Peter Paul Deleo)
Mal Jones Mal Jones ... Ed
Salvador Levy Salvador Levy ... Driver
Richard Booker ... Billy Holden
Mikki Scanlon Mikki Scanlon ... Alda (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...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Sony Official Site

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Another Sucker See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 1h 01 mins) The dead Odette's impersonator lying on bed is obviously breathing. 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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Soundtracks

Bedbugs
Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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Slick And Entertaining
24 May 1999 | by rob-236See all my reviews

This slick thriller is entertaining from start to finish. Harrelson plays Harry Barber an ex con who is lured by mega rich temptress Rhea Malroux (Elizabeth Shue) in to helping set up a straight forward bogus kidnap scheme involving her stepdaughter Odette (Chloe Sevigny) It seems simple, he can earn a lot of money for doing very little. As the plot thickens Harry finds out that things, and people, are not what they seem and that is where the trouble begins. Harrelson is convincing in the lead and Sevigny is very good as the rich kid, although Elizabeth Shue tends to overact her part. The biggest crime in this film is that of Gina Gershon, who seems wasted in a weak role as Harry's girlfriend. The film on a whole is good though, and because of this you can almost forgive a 'Batman' style ending!


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