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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Attitude Plays a Part. 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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$30,250,000 (estimated)

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£1,003,430 (UK) (15 March 1996)

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£4,931,393 (UK) (19 April 1996)
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As a nod to his short but memorable role in The Godfather, Jimmy Capp (Ray Bones' boss) as played by Alex Rocco is first and only seen in this film receiving a body massage in a similar matter as the character he played of Moe Green in his final scene in The Godfather before he is assassinated. See more »

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In the theater, Chili alternates between leaning forward and leaning backwards. See more »

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[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.72 (2012) See more »

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Are You Havin' Any Fun
Written by Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen
Performed by Count Basie and Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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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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