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 »

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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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$72,077,000 (USA)
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When Get Shorty received its terrestrial premiere in 1999, Radio Times's Adrian Turner reviewed it as Film of the Week. Among what Turner wrote in his review was, "Released in the wake of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty was an attempt to cash in on the success of Quentin Tarantino. Hence the plot is almost nonexistent. Indeed it seems to be little more than a series of vignettes, as director Barry Sonnenfeld's mordant sense of humour makes light of the violence. But unlike Tarantino he doesn't let it run on forever; there are no sliced ears or bloodbaths here". John Travolta also starred in Pulp Fiction (1994), written and directed by Tarantino. See more »

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When Bo is looking at the newspaper article about Zimm and Ray ("Horror Film Producer Questioned in Shooting"), the first and third columns of text visible above the article are identical. See more »

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Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr. and Lewie Steinberg (as Lewis Steinberg)
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One of the best Elmore Leonard adaptations; vintage Travolta and game cast = fun & funny
31 March 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

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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