Chattahoochee (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chattahoochee (1989)




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Based on a true story, a Korean War vet tries to commit suicide to provide insurance money for his family. Wrongly judged insane, he is admitted to an institution where the staff is unbelievably cruel, and he spends years trying to inform the public of what is happening.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Cresson, James Hicks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2003
HBO Video


Gary Oldman
as Emmett Foley
Pamela Reed
as Earlene
Ned Beatty
as Dr. Harwood
Lee Wilkof
as Vernon
Tim Scott
as Harley
Richard Portnow
as Dr. Debner
Whitey Hughes
as Mr. Johnson
Traber Burns
as Miami Cop
Ralph Pace
as Leonard
Laurens Moore
as Pa Foley
Peggy Beasley
as Mae's Mother
David Fitzsimmons
as Ambulance Driver
Gary Bullock
as Sadistic Attendant
David Dwyer
as Goading Attendant
John Brasington
as Dr. Towney
Michael Easler
as Attendant
Jim E. Quick
as Dr. Everly
George Nannerello
as Patient Without Shoe...
Ed Grady
as Stream of Conciousne...
Kevin Barber
as Upside-down Inmate
James "Fred" Culclas...
as Hymn-singing Inmate
Dorothy L. Grissom H...
as Women on Street
Kevin Campbell
as Inmate in Cesspool
E. Pat Hall
as Inmate in Movie Thea...
Jerry Campbell
as Inmate in Tunnel
Suzi Bass
as Harwood's Secretary
Jill Rankin
as Governor's Secretary
Joe Loy
as Quincy Cop
Randy Randolph
as Miami Guard
Kathryn Cobb
as Miami Nurse
Jim Gloster
as Miami Attendant
Wallace Merck
as Patrolman
Don Wayne Bass
as First Guard
Mykel Mariette
as Male Nurse
Raul Apartella
as First Man at Investi...
B.J. Koonce
as Woman at Investigati...
Mary Moore
as Ma Foley
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Critic Reviews for Chattahoochee

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 1, 1989
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Chattahoochee

Hard as hell to sit through, but SO worth it if you do. Gary Oldman plays a Korean War veteran who cracks up and is sent to an asylum/prison camp that makes the farm in Cool Hand Luke look like Disneyland. Supposedly based on a true story about a place in Louisiana. Oldman is fantastic. He's so talented. It's a shame he wastes so much effort playing freaks -- True Romance, anyone?

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Based on a true story, a Korean war vet named Emmett Folley (played by Gary Oldman) can't adjust to life back home and has a crisis with the law. He is sent to Chattahoochee, an outhouse of an institution where the state of Florida locks the mentally ill and the criminals together. Emmet is a rebel against the cruel guards. Emmet's wife and kid are visiting less and less, so Emmet finds companionship in Walker Benson (played by Dennis Hopper). The two of them talk of escaping this place, but Emmett has a bigger idea... A movie of the human spirit against all disgusting odds; they were probably hoping for Academy Award nominations with this one. It's grim and gritty, but is ultimately a joy to watch.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Great performances by Oldman, Hopper, Reed and McDormand add to the intriguing true story of one patient's battle to reform a mental institution. Nice direction and realistic throughout.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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