Palmetto - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Newspaper reporter Harry Barber has just come home to Palmetto - a sleepy seaside Florida village that has long attracted trouble. Harry is fresh out of prison-his reward for trying to do the right thing in a chronically corrupt town. He tried to make a difference, tried to expose the layers of extortion at the town's center, but he was treated to an 8X10 cell.
Now Harry is back-and about to receive a Palmetto-style welcome. First, his artist girlfriend Nina invites him back into her bed as if there hadn't been a two-year interruption. Then, he meets another beautiful woman, Rhea Malroux, a mysterious blonde with an irresistible offer.
It's a simple scam with a price-tag of $50,000.
Turns out Rhea is married to Felix Malroux, a wealthy man dying of cancer, cared for only by Rhea and their manservant Donnelly. Despite his clearly incredible riches, Felix is stingy, keeping Rhea and her equally alluring daughter Odette on a budget that doesn't suit their style.
Rhea and Odette have a plan. All Harry has to do is make a phone call saying he has kidnapped Odette, who will be safely hiding in Miami, then collect the $500,000 keeping ten percent for himself. Harry is skeptical at first but finds himself drawn in-sealing the deal with Rhea in a most intimate manner.
The plan is just about perfect . . . for everyone except Harry.
The day following his phone call to Felix Malroux, Harry is in for a lot of surprises. For one thing, he's dragged out of bed by Palmetto District Attorney John Renick, who wants to hire him to handle the press reaction to the very kidnapping he just conspired to commit.
But that's just the beginning-as dead bodies, false identities and unfinished business from the past come rushing back to keep poor Harry Barber's knuckles white right up to the bitter end.