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Get Shorty (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  20 October 1995 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nombre del juego  »

Box Office


$30,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,003,430 (UK) (15 March 1996)


£4,931,393 (UK) (19 April 1996)

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Outstanding - from start to finish
1 January 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Anything involving something by Elmore Leonard is generally very good, in and of itself. But when coupled with performances like those of John Travolta and Gene Hackman in this picture, the result is a superb piece of entertainment.

Danny De Vito, Dennis Farina and Rene Russo all deliver outstanding performances - but all pretty much convey the types of personas, on-screen, which you'd expect from seeing their other work.

However, of all actors today - young or older, new or veteran -- there are no two who are more convincing, in everything they do, than Travolta and Hackman. Serious or funny, crafty or clueless, hero or villain - - each has been completely convincing in every role, and seeing them together, one would like to see them teamed again.

In this movie, both are funny, and both have their roles "nailed:" Travolta as the confident tough guy, completely in control; and Hackman as the "B" flick producer, operating on the fringe of the Hollywood scene and life in general.

As much as I liked this movie, I first saw it in a St. Louis hotel suite, where we selected it from the PPV menu. I was "fried" from a day-long business meeting, and fell asleep early into it. The next day, my wife insisted that I catch it (she's one of those people who has perhaps only wanted to watch one or two other movies a second time, ever), and I was glad she did.

It's an outstanding film, and one which entertains thoroughly from the outset to conclusion, with not a single lapse between.

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