A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

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Storyline

Some guys get all the luck, whether they like it or not. Chili Palmer happens to be in Hollywood collecting a gambling debt when he's struck by lightning (not literally). Called a natural for the movie business, he's snagged up by a producer. The rest is history. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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The Mob Is Tough. But It's Nothing Like Show Business. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$30,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,003,430 (UK) (15 March 1996)

Gross:

$72,077,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Both Dennis Farina (Ray 'Bones' Barboni) and Alex Rocco who plays his boss (Jimmy Capp) share a scene together and share a birthday together as well. What makes this extra special is that both actors are one of few people in the business who share their birthday on the 29th of February. The only extra day in a year that comes once every four years known as a Leap year. See more »

Goofs

When Chili is at the airport and tries to fool the DEA agents into thinking he is opening locker C18, he moves from locker C18 to C17 (to the left) twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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In memory of Danny Gill See more »

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Features Touch of Evil (1958) See more »

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Panacea
Written by Marc Antoine and DJ Greyboy (as Andreas Stevens)
Performed by DJ Greyboy (as Greyboy)
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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Like an ol' familiar song, done with some twists. Nice casting
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Barry Sonnenfeld was and maybe wasn't the right choice to make Get Shorty. He's a great visualist, and his films (Adams Family, Men in Black) are also very funny, but it's hard to say whether or not another director might've taken Elmore Leonard's sly comic novel more seriously or with less depth. As it is, however, Get Shorty is a cool little treat that doesn't over-stay its welcome, and provides its cast a plethora of witty dialog. John Travolta brings on some sharp attitude, knowing the angles and wanting, as his character Chili Palmer, to get into Hollywood and out of loan sharking. Gene Hackman's funny as a fledgling producer with his first, true big hit in his lap. And supporting parts from Delroy Lindo, Renne Russo, Danny De Vito (as 'Hollywood' as you'll ever see him), and James Gandolfini, are all very worthy. It's a worthwhile watch, with a dead-on score from John Lurie. But I would reccomend Out of Sight or Jackie Brown to Leonard fans looking for a great adaptation. It's a very good Hollywood picture (reflective of what it's about), though it's not a masterpiece. A-


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