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)

Opening Weekend:

£1,003,430 (UK) (15 March 1996)

Gross:

$72,077,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The exterior for Harry Zimm's office is at the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd and Whitley in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Chili drive on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood while discussing the Mr. Lovejoy script, several crew cars are seen tailgating to control the action and block views of police traffic control behind them. 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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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion and the Wolff
Written by Lee Morgan
Performed by Lee Morgan
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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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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