Chattahoochee (1989)


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Since Chattahoochee is a story based on true events, it may seem absurd to suggest that the actual events of Chattahoochee are pirated from other true-life tales like Gideon's Trumpet. But it certainly seems as if true stories are just as derivative as any fictional narrative coming out of Hollywood. The Chattahoochee saga details the Emmett Foley (Gary Oldman) story. The film takes place in 1955, when Foley, a Korean war veteran depressed and shattered by continual unemployment, snaps and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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Written By: James Cresson, James Hicks
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On DVD: Sep 16, 2003
HBO Video


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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

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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

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