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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 <>

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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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'Harvey Keitel' plays himself as Dennis Farina's character in the film-within-a-film. Both men played the role of Jack Crawford in the film adaptations of Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" (Farina in Manhunter (1986), Keitel in Red Dragon (2002)). See more »


When Harry and Chili are driving in Hollywood, their car is further back during later parts of the conversation, proof that they took later shots from the earlier positions as evidenced by the Napoléon Bonaparte billboard in the background. See more »


[first lines]
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"Get Shorty" stands honorably tall.
3 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

John Travolta followed up his "Pulp Fiction" comeback with "Get Shorty", in which he plays Miami hit-man Chili Palmer. Moving to Hollywood to collect a debt, he finds that show biz isn't much different from the mafia, and he decides to get involved. But of course, once there's anything mafia-related involved, things start to get ugly. Not that they weren't already seedy.

This movie has its strengths mainly in the script, but also in the strong performances from Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito. I guess that any time that someone gets a chance to show Hollywood's unseemly side, they take it. Of course, there's plenty of reasons to do so. The sequel, "Be Cool", wasn't quite as good, but still worth seeing.

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