Chattahoochee (1989)

Aiming to procure insurance money for his family, Emmet Foley, a Korean War vet, attempts to commit suicide in the '50s and is soon locked up in a Florida state mental hospital after being wrongly declared insane. It is here that he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

When a story sags or a character seems unlikely, the excuse of the "true story" always is the same: This really happened! Yes, but we are not at the movies because it really happened.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

This fact based story from the mid 50s American penal system is a sobering and dramatic reminder of how many states treated mentally ill patients, criminal or otherwise

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a well-intentioned misfire that's rarely, if ever, as enthralling as Jackson has obviously intended.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Off the beaten track, but too bleak to merit the detour.

Richard Freedman
Newhouse News Service

Unless you're a sadism fan, watching it can seem as tedious as actually spending a few years in the institution it both criticizes and secretly celebrates.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
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… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
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… More
Anthony Valletta
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… More