Chattahoochee

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Released 1990

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Director:
Mick Jackson
Released:
1990
Rating:
R
Chattahoochee is a prison drama based on real-life events of Korean War hero Emmett Fowley (Gary Oldman), whose determination and courage helped reform an entire penal system. Emmett returns from the war completely traumatized. He starts to regret killing innocent lives in Korea and slowly has a nervous breakdown. Emmett worries his wife Mae (Frances McDormand), and she tries everything to bring Emmett back to reality. One stressful afternoon, Emmett decides he has had enough. He grabs his shotgun and starts shooting up the city. Emmett pretends that he is back in Korea, but in reality, he only fakes his insanity so the police will kill him, which will allow his wife to collect on their life insurance policy. The police capture Emmett and a judge sends him to Chattahoochee, a Florida mental institution and prison. On his first day in jail, he befriends loony Walker Benson (Dennis Hopper), who tells his new buddy that the jail is actually a torture chamber. Emmett begins to see the guards abuse the prisoners, which sends him into a lifeless daze. Even the sadistic Dr. Harwood (Ned Beatty) thinks Emmett has lost his mind, that is until he sees Walker almost killed by the doctors. Emmett soon snaps out of it and begins to write secret letters to his wife, the media and even the FBI about the prison's horrific conditions. Emmett is now in a fight with his own sanity, the guards and the doctors, as he attempts to make things right.moreless
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    Independent, Biography, Crime