Palmetto

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Released 1996

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Director:
Volker Schlondorff
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Oscar-nominee Woody Harrelson ("Wag the Dog," "People vs. Larry Flynt") stars as a small-town journalist on his way to a promising career when he refuses to kill a story on a horseracing racket. Subsequently set up to take the fall, he goes to prison. Two years later, a free man again, he reluctantly returns home to Palmetto, where he soon finds himself embroiled in a shady scheme involving a mysterious femme fatale (Oscar-nominee Elisabeth Shue - "Hollow Man," "Leaving Las Vegas") and the phony kidnapping of the daughter of one of the town's wealthiest citizens.

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The film, adapted from a novel by James Hadley Chase, aspires to out-noir every other film noir that has been lumped under that popular term, including "The Big Sleep" (which it re...

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Surprises are reserved for the final half-hour, at which point the slow-paced Palmetto has long since fossilized as a routine exercise in ceiling-fan, sweaty-forehead noir-by-numbers.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times

    Revelations of betrayals, faked identities and double-crosses come in waves in the last half-hour of Palmetto, but by then, the film has raised the one question it can't answer: Wh...

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Crime, Thrillers, Love & Romance