Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chattahoochee (1990)

Based on a true story, Oldman plays Emmet Foley, a decorated Korean War hero who has a difficult time adjusting to life back home. In his desperation he tries to kill himself so his wife can collect the insurance. But instead he survives and is put into a mental hospital named Chattahoochee. He soon realizes the abuse and horrible conditions that the inmates are put through and with the help of a fellow inmate Walker, he starts to record all the incidences down and tries to figure out a way of changing their sadistic practices. I’m very surprised this film isn’t more popular because it is very compelling, and the performances are outstanding, especially Oldman. Cool Hand Luke meets The Shawshank Redemption. Starring Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed, Ned Beatty, M. Emmet Walsh 8/10

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