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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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Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Samuel L. Jackson was the first choice for the role of Bo Catlett. See more »


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


[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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Crazy Credits

In memory of Danny Gill See more »


References Clear and Present Danger (1994) See more »


Tana's Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by United International Orchestra
Conducted by Joseph Gershenson
Clip and music from the motion picture Touch of Evil (1958)
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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Funny, with a terrific Travolta
24 February 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I am not sure whether I liked the movie or just John Travolta and his character Chili Palmer. I had a lot of fun watching 'Get Shorty', based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, so it doesn't really matter. The movie is about a mobster from Miami, Chili Palmer, who ends up in Los Angeles. After meeting a movie producer named Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman) he gets interested in the movie business. This is the main story, but this movie is based on an Elmore Leonard story so there are a lot of sub-plots with lots of interesting characters, all with great dialogue.

Besides Chili Palmer and Harry Zimm we meet Karen Flores (Rene Russo), an actress known for her screaming, Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) who is the hot actor of the moment, Ray Bones (Dennis Farina) who wants to collect some money that Chili has, Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo) who wants money fro Harry Zimm, Bear (James Gandolfini) who was a stuntman but now is Bo's bodyguard, Leo Devoe (David Paymer) who stole the money that brought Chili to Los Angeles and Doris (Bette Midler). All characters are colorful, have great dialogue and an interesting part in the story, but all those great things are there together with Chili. For every nice moment Travolta is present.

The actors play their characters very well. Again, Travolta is great and owns the movie, but especially Farina and Hackman do a great job as well. The movie is well directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (from 'The Addams Family'), knowing how to avoid boring moments. The story with its dialogue would be enough to make a nice movie out of it. Fortunately we have the actors and direction to make it even better and definitely more entertaining.

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