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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 ... 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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$5,878,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,878,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When on the beach, walking to the right of the screen, you can see a camera man carrying his equipment. 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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Rock Star
Written by Lauren Hoffman
Performed by Lauren Hoffman
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A Very Underrated 'Neo Noir'
18 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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