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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
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Even though he turned down the Chili Palmer role, Michael Keaton did another film based on an Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch. The movie was Jackie Brown (1997) and the role was ATF agent Ray Nicolette which was originally made for John Travolta due to the fact that Tarantino was directing and that he worked with him before on Pulp Fiction (1994). Travolta turned it down due to Face/Off (1997) and Keaton got the part. See more »
When Chili is at the airport and is heading towards the locker, the camera view is from behind him, and as he approaches a woman passes by from the right. The shot immediately switches views as she hits center screen, yet when the camera view is from the front of Chili, the woman disappears. See more »
One of the best Elmore Leonard adaptations; vintage Travolta and game cast = fun & funny
GET SHORTY (1995) ***1/2 John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny De Vito, Delroy Lindo, Dennis Farina, James Gandolfini, David Paymer, Martin Ferrero, Bette Midler, Linda Hart, Bobby Slayton, Harvey Keitel (cameo), Penny Marshall (cameo). Funny and entertaining adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel about Chili Palmer (Travolta, perfectly charming) a loan shark from Miami who heads out to LA after a pay cheat and winds up in Hollywood teaming up with horror schlock producer Hackman and B-film screamer Russo pitching a story and avoiding some not-so-pleasant criminal types along the way. Great satire and excellently keen in keeping Leonard's dialogue intact with some dead-on spoofing of Tinsel Town in particular De Vito as a Method actor run amok. Look for director Barry Sonnenfeld as a parking valet and also the real Chili Palmer as one of Farina's dinner companions at the film's pre-credit sequence prior to Travolta punching out Farina.
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