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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?


Barry Sonnenfeld hated Get Shorty (1995) initially because he thought it was all talk and no action. Positive audience response to the movie changed his mind. See more »


After she finds Chili in her house for the second time, Karen's boots disappear when she walks upstairs. See more »


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


Referenced in Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) See more »


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Clip and music from the motion picture Rio Bravo (1959)
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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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