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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The Mob Is Tough. But It's Nothing Like Show Business. 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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El nombre del juego  »

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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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Trivia

Almost every one of the magazine covers on the rack behind Chili Palmer at the airport have Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) on the cover. Even the issue of Playboy lists an interview with Martin Weir on its cover. See more »

Goofs

When Ray Bones returns to Miami and is asked by the customs official if he had anything to declare - this question is asked of passengers inbounding from international destinations, not from Los Angeles. See more »

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[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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In memory of Danny Gill See more »

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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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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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often hilarious
23 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Smart, funny mobster comedy/satire based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Travolta is well-cast in one of his very best roles as a slick Miami loan shark/enforcer who travels to Los Angeles to cash in a loan, but instead ends up teaming with B-movie writer/producer Hackman to fulfill his dream of being connected to the movie business. Before he can however, he must deal with bumbling mobsters, white-collar criminals, and the anxiety of trying to find the right leading man. Crackling, hilarious dialogue, well-drawn characters, and clever insight into the movie business run rampant in this snappy little comedy. Maybe not for all tastes, but well-made and a definite must for Travolta fans. ***


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