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Palmetto (1997)



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Things don't go well for Harry; after being set up and put in prison for two years, he meets Rhea who offers him a job in the fake kidnapping of her daughter. Harry goes along with this, but the daughter ends up dead.

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Woody Harrelson
as Harry Barber
Elisabeth Shue
as Rhea Malroux
Rolf Hoppe
as Felix Malroux
Tom Wright
as John Renick
Marc Macaulay
as Miles Meadows
Joe Hickey
as Lawyer
Richard Booker
as Billy Holden
Bill Larson
as Parking Lot Man
Tim W. Terry
as Prison Guard
Jim Janey
as Policeman
Brett Rice
as Crash Site Cop
Vince Cecere
as Tow Truck Driver
Don Bright
as Crime Scene Cop
Ernie Garrett
as TV Anchor
Karin J. Ivester
as Forensic Detective
Marcus Thomas
as Courtroom Photographer
Douglas J. Mann II
as Courtroom Reporter
Jim R. Coleman
as 1st Reporter
Victoria Tan
as 2nd Reporter
Wil Kilmer
as Bungalow Cop
Ginger King
as The Real Rhea
Corey Blevins
as Motel Clerk
Duncan Chamberlain
as Gallery Maitre D'
Peggy Sheffield
as Woman Customer
Karen Fraction
as Plainclothes Cop
Gary Lowe
as Boathouse Cop
Kenneth L. Bright
as Boathouse Cop
Jay Ridings
as Boathouse Cop
Graig Himes
as Boathouse Cop
James Gaunt
as Boathouse Cop
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Critic Reviews for Palmetto

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

Shue, appearing uncomfortable and distracted and trying a bit too hard, comes off as more camp than vamp.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009

An unfairly bashed breath of fresh indie-style air.

July 21, 2004
Arizona Daily Star

Just an average neo-noir that's kinda fun to watch once on cable.

June 17, 2004

Decent twisty-turny thriller, but a lot of the twists don't make sense. Try to decipher it if you can.

July 14, 2003

Thematically-crippled. A half-hearted sultry gumshoe noir piece that will quickly fall by the wayside.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Nitrate Online

Offers nothing new or even exciting to the genre.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Palmetto

33% rating on RT. I think when these critics can't follow a convoluted plot -- and they are journalists after all so they're not strong in the gray matter department anyway -- they respond by panning the movie. This is a GREAT movie; don't let the idiots convince you otherwise. After portraying a simpleton on "Cheers", it's simply amazing how good an actor Woody Harrelson has become.

Kirby Palm
Kirby Palm

This is actually a pretty decent noir - pity they f'ed it up with the ending. One thing I will say: Elisabeth Shue is HOT HOT HOT in this movie.

Amie Simon
Amie Simon

The first time I watched it, didn't think much of it.....but watched it again and it was a good story....very sexy.

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