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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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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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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$30,250,000 (estimated)

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£1,003,430 (UK) (15 March 1996)

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$72,077,000 (USA)
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Although Harry Zimm is never explicitly referred to as being Jewish, throughout the film, he is shown wearing a necklace with a pendant in the shape of the Hebrew word "Chai" (life). See more »

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When Harry and Chili are driving in Hollywood, their car is further back during later parts of the conversation, proof that they took later shots from the earlier positions as evidenced by the Napoléon Bonaparte billboard in the background. See more »

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Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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Can't Be Still
Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr. and Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg)
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T. & The MG's)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Smart, funny, devastating satire of the Hollywood scene
26 January 1999 | by (www.deepfriedhappymice.com) – See all my reviews

This film is based on the Elmore Leonard book of the same name. This is a hilarious satire of Hollywood. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a loan shark from Miami tracking down a deadbeat who has run off. Palmer's travels take him to Hollywood, where he meets Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Zimm is a producer of major motion pictures (read B horror flicks). His lover is Karen (Rene Russo). His meetings give Palmer the "movie bug."

Already a huge movie fan, Palmer decides to produce "Mr. Lovejoy" a script that Zimm proclaims will be hs "Driving Miss Daisy." The plot centers around efforts to raise the necessary money and land Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) in the lead role. Fortunately Weir is Karen's es-husband. And Palmer has access to $300,000 generated from Las Vegas winnings of the missing deadbeat, Leo. As a further complication there is a drug dealer (Delroy Lindo) who has invested in one of Zimm's pictures. But he has gotten in trouble with his supplier for $500,000 and a missing nephew.

DeVito does a wonderful job playing the self-involved, pretentious Weir. There are wonderful comments about screen writers. Spelling is optional, not necessary. The role of a screenwriter is just to put the commas in where they belong. Travolta is delightful as a "nice guy" wiseguy. In fact, the entire cast is just great.

The plot lines never overwhelm the film, and they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. (Note: Thanks to Pulp Fiction, studios are willing now to use non-linear plot lines on occasion.). The ending is terrific (watch for the cameo by Harvey Keitel). I saw this in the theatre and have seen it several times on video. This one is definitely a keeper.


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